The campaign for zero waste management demands cooperation from urban dwellers as our landfill become full up to the brim. Thinking of ways to recycle waste in an urban setting might pose a challenge to anybody when space seemed to be a luxury. Compostable wastes such as fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells, seeds, leaves, flowers, twigs, branches, and others need not to go to the landfill. It could stop right in your home and turn them into income generating compost. Check this one out. A little inspiration might help.

urban vermiculture 

Ingeniously using the concrete firewall as worm bedding in an urban setting is a creative way of maximizing space in raising worms and managing one’s garbage.

Decaying leaves, wood chips, shredded branches in a recycled paint pail.

shredded moistened paper and corrugated cartons for covering and beddings

Covering the decaying food scraps with moist paper is the method used to prevent flies and other insects away from the beddings. It also neutralizes the odor from decaying fruit and vegetable peelings and other food scraps. Take note: worms should not be fed with citrus, onions, greasy and fatty foods. Products with vinegar, garlic, spicy food, meat and bones are also not recommended .

The beddings has to be checked once in a while for moisture and to make sure if food is enough or needs to be added.

For serious vermicomposters, a shredder machine is used to convert dried leaves, twigs, small branches into pulp for faster decomposition. The decaying material will be easily consumed by the worms.

The serious vermiculturist, farmer, and engineer Emer Poblete with his hospitable wife, Emy beside their urban  vermiculture project. How ingenious! Ecologically sound waste management in an urban setting.

The agriculturists “black gold” or the vermicast which is full of organic nutrients for the soil. It can be  used as a soil supplement in flower beds, vegetable garden, lawn and in planting new tree or shrub. The worm cast improves the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil.

Vermicast applied to the couple’s garden in their backyard. A refreshing green against the concrete. The green color of life contrasting the drab gray.

That is neat!

For more information on vermiculture you may contact or Emy Poblete at 09209203615 or 3435424

PHOTO CREDITS: Genazon Farms, General Nakar, Quezon owned and operated by Engr. Mamerto Poblete 09228792581


About Maria Arlene V. Goyenechea

mother of four, married, female, Filipina, fascinated with Japanese culture
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