Going back to the roots where it all started, to space and time where there were less greed and more conviction towards the mother Earth. Vermicompost is the earth’s own way to enrich the soil. So we came up with the idea of implementing the same in our initiative of Terrace Gardening.
There are majorly 6 steps in converting agricultural waste to plow ready vermicompost.
Our experienced farmer collects the agricultural wastes(May include Mulberry waste, sugarcane waste, paddy waste and cow dung) from farms and agricultural markets and makes them into a heap and leaves them for 15-20 days. Then these wastes are shifted to a tank and sprinkled with water. Because of these two elements, the decomposition is initiated. The earthworms are infused into the compost and the earthworms start feeding on the compost, the castings of the earthworms are the base of the vermicompost.
- These are indeed the stalwarts in creating a proper vermicompost mix
- We use two types of earthworms to prepare our vermicompost viz., Eisenia Fetida and Eudrilus Eugeniae(African Nightcrawlers).
- The Eisenia Fetida cannot penetrate deep into the compost while the African Nightcrawler can.
- The Mother Nature indeed has some magical beings inside its womb, which converts waste into a nutrient-rich compost.
FILTERING AND ENRICHMENT
The castings of the worm are segregated and are subjected to multi-level filtration depending on the requirements. The filtered compost is enriched by mixing it with bio-fertilizers in the right ratio ensuring the soil is rich and suitable to grow almost any crop. Usage of bio-fertilizers and vermicompost also ensures that our mix is soilless and chemical-pesticide free. This mixture is covered with cocopeat which holds back the moisture of the mixture which in-turn facilitate the earthworm reproduction and compost creation.