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As with regular composting toilets, other household compostables, such as kitchen scraps, may be added to the vermicomposting chamber. To keep worms happy it is important to provide the proper initial habitat including bedding material whenever the process starts in an empty chamber. Ideally, the worms will be able to move back and forth between the chambers, so when food is exhausted from one side they will automatically move to the second side. This will help to evacuate the worms before the finished vermicompost is moved into the garden.
 
As with regular composting toilets, other household compostables, such as kitchen scraps, may be added to the vermicomposting chamber. To keep worms happy it is important to provide the proper initial habitat including bedding material whenever the process starts in an empty chamber. Ideally, the worms will be able to move back and forth between the chambers, so when food is exhausted from one side they will automatically move to the second side. This will help to evacuate the worms before the finished vermicompost is moved into the garden.
If the compost is to be used for edible plants (as opposed to ornamentals), it may be desired to finish it by passing it through a high temperature compost pile. This will help insure sterilization, destroying any potential pathogens.
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If the compost is to be used for edible plants (as opposed to ornamentals), it may be desired to finish it by passing it through a high temperature compost pile. This will help insure sterilization, destroying any potential [[pathogens]].
    
Here is a basic schematic for a two chamber vermicomposting toilet:  This drawing comes out of a Mexican book called Agricoltura Sostenible: Un Acercamiento a la Permacultura, which was put together by Alejandra Caballero and Joel Montes. (Alejandra teaches [[Permaculture]] to campesinos and others. Gringos are invited to learn Permaculture and natural building, in Mexico, where it has been part of the culture for millennia. Alejandra and her family are all extraordinary teachers, and their family ranch is an extraordinary site where they are actively engaged in all aspects of Permaculture and local self-development and education. Interested people should obtain more information from the Cob Cottage Company. Ask about courses in Mexico.)  
 
Here is a basic schematic for a two chamber vermicomposting toilet:  This drawing comes out of a Mexican book called Agricoltura Sostenible: Un Acercamiento a la Permacultura, which was put together by Alejandra Caballero and Joel Montes. (Alejandra teaches [[Permaculture]] to campesinos and others. Gringos are invited to learn Permaculture and natural building, in Mexico, where it has been part of the culture for millennia. Alejandra and her family are all extraordinary teachers, and their family ranch is an extraordinary site where they are actively engaged in all aspects of Permaculture and local self-development and education. Interested people should obtain more information from the Cob Cottage Company. Ask about courses in Mexico.)  

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