Vermicomposting with the Worm Habitat Paddock
The Worm Habitat Paddock uses composting worms to break down horse manure into high quality compost. You can constantly add fresh material to the Worm Habitat for the worms to process. The segmented bays allow high temperatures to be avoided by the worms as they can move from one area to the next, with fresh manure being added to sectors in rotation.
Composting worms reproduce quickly and are happy in a densely packed environment if fresh food, moisture and oxygen and adequate. Fresh manure can be added daily, weekly or monthly and odours are quickly eliminated. The final product has a higher fertilizer value and smaller particle size than typical composts so is beneficial for many applications. The Worm Habitat Paddock has a lid to ensure worms are not lost to migration while allowing easy access to feed. The lid also reduces access by flies and other pests.
Worms require moisture and the beds can be watered with the lid down, or an upgrade to a built in watering system can be purchased, and the system watered on a timer. Compost worms require a moist environment to survive – 40 percent moisture content is ideal (i.e. when bedding is squeezed a drop of two of water is released).
The raised tarp covering keeps the worm bed out of sunlight, while allowing good ventilation to keep the bedding cool.