Vermicomposting puts worms to work breaking down food scraps and other materials into a supplement that can be used to enrich soil. The process usually takes place in dark, warm compost bins or underground, but a pair of graduate students at the Department of Agronomy’s Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana, Slovenia, found a way to film the process over a 20 day period. Watch:
Gregor Skoberne, one of the film’s creators, explains why vermicomposting is a valuable tool for growers:
Vermicompost contains lots of nutrients in plant-available forms, humic substances, and plant growth-regulating hormones. The addition of vermicompost or vermicompost extracts is proven to have positive effects on plant growth and development. It also helps with plant pathogen suppressing abilities; that means plants grown with around 20 percent vermicompost added to the substrate grow better, stronger, and healthier.
You can read more about vermicomposting in this interview with Skoberne here.