This ingenious worm "condo" allows thousands of worms to eat their way up through kitchen scraps from level to level, leaving a rich odorless "castings" behind. There’s even a tap at the bottom to dispense "worm tea" — a liquid fertilizer can used for gardening or hydroponics. The picture above is a cutaway view -- the inner workings of the can are not actually on display.Vermicomposting (using earthworms to compost) is bit different the than using the compost pile in the garden. The red wriggler worms can be kept in small dark spaces, as long as they are constantly above freezing, and they can process quite a bit of organic waste. The worms are able to digest half of their body weight in food matter each day. They actually eat the bacteria, fungi and protozoans which decompose the wastes, sterilizing the compost as they create it.

Worm "castings" are a superior addition to garden and potting soil. Fresh castings will not "burn" young plant roots, making it an ideal starting media for seedlings. Castings are produced in six to eight weeks in the Can-O-Worms system.

:: Found in the brand new Eco-Design Handbook

Can-of-Worms is available from Amazon.

[by Justin Thomas]