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The Worm Wigwam is designed to process large amounts of food and organic waste. The byproduct is a rich finished compost that is a readily usable or salable product reducing the need for chemical fertilizer. Just turn the harvest handle, remove the door and collect the "worm free" finished compost from the bottom tray.
Traditional methods of vermicomposting have been based on beds or windrows on the ground containing waste up to 18" deep, but such methods have numerous drawbacks. They require large areas of land for large-scale production and are relatively labor intensive, even when machinery is used for adding waste to beds. More importantly, such systems process wastes relatively slowly, taking anywhere from 6 to 18 months for processing to be complete. There is good evidence that a large proportion of the essential plant nutrients, that are in a relatively soluble form, are washed out and also a significant proportion can volatilize during this long processing period. Such nutrient losses are undesirable, particularly in relation to ground water pollution and result in a poor finished product.
The Worm Wigwam requires no compost turning and requires no separating of worms and partially decomposed waste from the finished compost.
The Worm Wigwam is 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide and weighs 86 pounds.
The Worm Wigwam operates best when the worm population is at its optimum level (15-18 pounds or 15,000 to 18,000 worms). Much has been said about how much a worm will consume on a daily basis. Some say that an earthworm will eat its own weight on a daily basis, so conservatively we could cut that number in half. Due to all the variables (food stocks, worm population, type of worms and temperatures) we can make no claim to the daily consumption of organic waste. The Worm Wigwam is heated and insulated for optimum year round use. It features a raised floor design providing maximum aeration for faster worm feeding and shorter composting times.
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