On Thursday, April 17th, Cathy from Cathy’s Composters came to the SK classroom to show the students how to create a vermicomposter for their new garden. First, she explained what vermicomposting is and what worms can do. Vermicomposting is a method of composting using worms, food waste, and bedding materials. Then, there was a discussion about the type of food waste that would be appropriate for the vermicomposter. No meat, dairy or sauce can be put into compost. Next, Cathy showed the students what type of bedding or carbon source would be appropriate for the worms’ habitat. She had piles of shredded paper, egg cartons and napkins. She explained that magazines and construction paper would not be appropriate materials as the ink and chemicals from the colours used in the paper would be poisonous for the worms. After the bedding, she added one litre of soil, some crushed egg shells to balance the acidity and two litres of water. The students were able to help with each step of the process and had a chance to get their hands dirty. They even held the worms in their hands! After 3 to 5 months, the worms will make a rich compost that can be used in the vegetable garden. How exciting!!!
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