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I’m looking for a worm bed turner. I have a friend who wants to get into the worm business but he does not want to turn the beds by hand. Is there a worm bed turner??
I don’t know of any implement to turn a worm bed and don’t understand the need for something like that. In my understanding of earthworms and vermcomposting technology, there is no need to ever turn a worm bed. Here’s why: Worms require fresh feedstock and consume microorganisms within decomposing organic matter, applied in small, regular intervals at the surface. As they move upward in a pile or bed, their castings or vermicompost remains in the lower level. In the technologically advanced system known as the Continuous Flow Reactor and in simple batch systems like the Can of Worms home-use system, castings are harvested from the bottom. Worms are not disturbed and seem to prefer not being disturbed. Because of this, I can’t understand why anyone would even want to “turn a bed” as it would be counterproductive.
In thermophilic composting, however, frequent turning speeds the process, mostly because the material in the pile has opportunity to obtain aeration. Heat-loving microorganisms (thermophiles) require water and oxygen as well as the carbon and nitrogen in the organic matter. Turning a compost pile periodically speeds the process, chiefly because the surface areas are exposed to oxygen and water, if needed.
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