Vermicompost: Making a Simple Worm Bin
Keeping our small household kitchen scraps off the landfill
As a “Master Composter” I have taught workshops and volunteered at booths to share the word about Composting, Recycling and Waste Management.
Imagery is important (to me, anywho). Start with an incentive.
Rubbermaid Tub with 1/4 inch wholes drilled along the upper rim (for aeration) and bottom (20 or so holes along the bottom for drainage)
Chose a spot that does not get direct sun light (U.V. rays are toxic to the wormies). My little back yard (more of an exterior hallway, really) gets little to no direct light year round. Also, it is partly covered (keeping rain off the bin).
Place something on the ground to allow for drainage (a few tuna-can-sized pieces of scrap wood work just fine)
Shred some newsprint (avoid glossy papers, for they may contain plastic materials which do not decompose very well and can be toxic to the wormies)
Cover the bottom of the bin with some of the shredded materials (2-3 inches ought to do).
I chose to purchase a bit of a “starter” kit (local garden store bought worms and coco pith/coconut coir fiber)
detail of coconut fiber’s simple istructions: basically, just add water to loosen the fibers.
Composting Worms (Red Wiggler Worms — Eisenia foetida) to start a healthy colony.
Showing worms bough at local garden store.
Healthy Red Wiggler Worms (Eisenia foetida)
Add coco pith to a bucket of water (amount shown was not enough… more water was added after the first couple of dunks)
Detail showing coconut fiber being dunked in water bucket.
Squeeze most of the water out of the coconut fiber before putting it into the worm bin.
Showing coconut fiber loosely sprinkled on top of the shredded material on the bottom of the bin. This makes for a good, well aerated base material in which the wormies can comfortably live and thrive.
Ready to pour the worms into their new home.
Be gentle with them. They will thank you by taking care of your garbage!
Spread the worms evenly throughout the bin. Don’t worry about it too much, for they will find the most comfortable spots to feed and breed.
Notice all the elements and layers: Shredded paper base, coconut fiber and worm dirt from the local garden store.
Cover the worms with a piece of paper to help control the moisture level in the bin. Not too wet (smells rotten), nor too dry (remember, wormies breathe thru their skin and they don’t have any lotion with which to lather their bodies)