How To Make A Worm Bin – It’s Easy
Worm composting or vermiculture is a wonderful way to get quick, rich worm compost for your garden. I previously showed you how to make a worm tower and compost tea. Now I will show how to make a worm bin the easy way and one that is a little more traditional.
Worm composting bins are easy to make, and this is one of the easiest. It is not a fancy, double decker worm bin, but uses only one plastic box.
What you will need:
. 1 plastic box with 2 lids
. Torn newspaper (no colored or glossy paper)
. Red wiggler worms (you can buy these from your nursery or better yet, get from a friend)
. Several bricks
. Kitchen scraps
How to make worm compost bin:
. Drill holes around the top of the plastic box and in one lid (about every inch)
. Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the box
. Place second lid on bottom to catch any water drainage, put bricks on top of that to make a stand for the worm bin, place worm bin on top of that.
. With worm bin constructed, take strips of newspaper and moisten them, wring out excess water. Place these in worm bin until about 2/3 full of fluffed up moist newspaper strips.
. Scatter red wriggler worms on top of newspapers.
. Bury some kitchen scraps and let the worms eat them and poop and make more baby worms.
. Keep adding more food every few days to a week and keep the bedding moist. You can do this by misting the bedding.
. Keep the worm bin in a dark location that is not too hot or too cold.
Collecting the worm compost:
After about 3 months (more or less) all of the bedding and food should be consumed and you can collect the worm compost from your worm compost bin.
. Pull the worm compost to one side of the bin
. Place new worm bedding (newspaper strips) on the other side.
. Add kitchen scraps.
. Let sit for several days until all the worms have traveled over to the side with the new bedding and food.
. Now you can take out your wonderful worm compost.