The Ultimate Vermicomposting Quiz
by Staff
Worms were described by Aristotle as the intestines of the world. The Chinese called worms the angels of the soil. However you refer to them, it cannot be argued that these insatiable animals are the key to vermicomposting. If you think you know how vermicomposting works, see how you fare in this quiz.

What is vermicomposting?

  • Using worms to decompose organic waste.
  • Eliminating worms from you compost.
  • Selling worms as a business.

How much can worms eat each day?

  • half their body weight in food
  • equal to the their body weight in food
  • double their body weight in food

What type of worms are the best for vermicomposting?

  • blue
  • brown
  • red

Where should you buy worms from?

  • bait shops
  • worm farms
  • your garden

How long will it take for your worm population to double?

  • 30 days
  • 60 days
  • 90 days

Why do you need to weigh your worms before putting them in your compost bin?

  • to know how much to feed them
  • to know how many there are
  • to see how much weight they are putting on

What is the ratio of male and female worms required for effective worm reproduction?

  • 1 male:1 female
  • 1 male:2 female
  • it doesn't matter

How can you tell if a worm is sexually mature?

  • Their skin starts to shed.
  • They get dark, red bands around their neck.
  • The end of their body swells.

What type of bin is best for vermicomposting?

  • metal
  • plastic
  • wood

What are worms afraid of?

  • noise
  • light
  • water

What can be used for the bedding of a vermicomposting bin?

  • shredded paper
  • food
  • eggshells

How do worms breathe?

  • through their skin
  • through their lungs
  • through their ears

The digestive system of worms is similar to that of:

  • monkeys
  • fish
  • birds

Where do worms get calcium from?

  • eggshells
  • cheese
  • rice

Which of the following foods are bad for worms?

  • oranges
  • rice
  • potatoes

What does it mean if your compost bin begins to smell?

  • You have too much bedding and not enough soil.
  • You are feeding the worms too much.
  • You have too many worms in the bin.

What does it mean if you see tiny white sacks in the compost bin?

  • There are maggots in your bin.
  • The food is rotting in the bin.
  • There are worm egg sacks.

With reference to vermicomposting, what is black gold?

  • worm oil
  • worm poop
  • black worms

How can you separate the worm poop from the rest of the compost?

  • Feed the worms on one side of the bin for a week.
  • Take all the bin contents out and sift it.
  • Allow the poop to fall through holes at the bottom of the bin.

Which of the following stores has a large vermicomposting program?

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • IKEA