Vermicomposting How To

July 23, 2009 at 10:10 am 1 comment

A bin, ready to go!

A bin all ready to go!

Have you ever wondered what worms have to do with recycling?  Vermicomposting or composting with a bin is helping nature recycle food and yard waste into valuable soil additives.  Glue Gun Annie has a fabulous tutorial on how to make your very own vermicompost bin.  These bins (Annie reuses a Styrofoam cooler) take one pound of red wrigglers which can easily eat 3 to 4 lbs. of food waste every week.  These little buggers then supply you with castings, which make a great soil additive.  If you are unsure about making the leap into full scale composting in a bin out back, this is a great and easy way to give it a try.

A few quick tips…

  • Worms like cool temperatures.  The best place for your bin may be in the basement, mud room, or other comfortable place.
  • Worms don’t like to be bothered, so don’t put their home too near a washer, a dryer, or a rock concert.
  • If your worms are trying to escape (i.e. they are all at the top of the bin every time you open it) there is something not quite right about their abode.  Any problem can be attributed to food, air, or water.
    • Too much food.  This can also cause odor problems.  Make sure you are not overfeeding your worms.
    • Too little air.  Fluff the bedding to make sure it is not too compacted and that there are enough air holes drilled in your container.
    • Too much or too little water.  Bedding should be as damp as a wrung out sponge.  Adjust water levels accordingly.  Also, instead of pouring water from a pitcher (how much would you like that if someone did it to you?)  try using a spray bottle set to mist to keep the wrigglers happy.

So why not give the 4th R (Rot) a try?  Have you ever tried vermicomposting?  How did it work for you?

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