Composting thru earthworms or Vermi composting is a fun activity especially if there are kids involved . You also get the best compost for your plants It is a great way to dispose off ur organic waste and reduce ur garbage
Depending upon where u live you can choose the worms so u have a happy bin. Composting worms are different from regular earthworms as they live in the soil surface rather than deep underground.
Most Fresh kitchen waste or manure needs to decompose or age a bit before the worms will touch it. Heat from a compost pile can boil an egg, it will kill worms and fresh food scraps + composting bacteria = heat
Worms generally love dark and damp beds , aged cow , goat or horse manure, semi done compost or half done compost , which wont heat up They need grit or egg shell powder or sand to digest .
Earthenware khambas, pots , old large wooden drawers , glass fish tanks and fine mesh bag are great home composters . plastic tubs with ventilation holes will also do the job.
Great worms for cooler places are
2. European nightcrawlers (Eisenia hortensis)
Worms most suitable in tropical or hot and humid or sea side areas and grow well at a temperature of 24-30 °C (75-86 °F) and can survive 36°C
Eg Most of Asian coastline , Indian coastline , Mumbai etc
3. African Nightcrawlers (Eudrilus eugeniae)
4. Indian or Malaysian Blueworms (Perionyx excavatus) may be used in the tropics
The nightcrawlers which are also used as fish bait and the blueworms are more active and mobile and love to travel while red tigers are lazier. I dont reco using alabama jumpers and other invasive species
Earthworms are hermaphrodites, it has both male and female reproductive organs. Two worms join clitella, the large lighter-colored bands which contain the worms’ reproductive organs, and which are only prominent during the reproduction process. The two worms exchange sperm. Both worms may secrete cocoons size the of mustard seeds which contain an egg each. These cocoons are lemon-shaped and are pale yellow at first, becoming more brownish as the worms inside become mature. These cocoons are clearly visible to the naked eye.
Worm poop or Vermicast (also called worm castings, worm humus, worm manure, or worm feces) and worm tea or compost tea is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms.
great videos on composting