I know y’all are just chompin’ at the bit to start your own worm composting bin after Monday’s post on vermicomposting, right?? Well, you could buy a fancy worm bin like this one, which does have great reviews, or you could roll up your sleeves and make one yourself. I get the distinct impression you are a do-it-yourself kinda crowd, so I’m gonna share with you how super easy this is.
1 Opaque Storage Bin with Lid (mine is 18 gallons and it was on sale at Lowe’s for less then $5! But if you’re planning on starting out with more than 1lb of worms, you’ll want to choose a larger bin)
Drill with 1/4″ drill bit
Old newspaper (no shiny colored inserts though)
Spray bottle with water
Step 1: Drill holes in the upper 2/3rds of the bin and the lid. Try to evenly space them, but don’t stress… This is just to help with air flow…we don’t want moldy worms!
(optional step): If you live in a particularly wet climate, you may want to drill holes on the bottom of the bin as well and then place this bin inside another shorter bin with no holes. This will allow any excess moisture to escape and be collected in the second bin. And bonus! You can use that liquid as a premade compost tea!
Step 2: Start shredding some newspaper! If you have kids, I can guarantee they will love to help with this part:)
Step 3: Toss some dirt in there, and if it’s dry, mist it with some water.
Step 4: Repeat Step 2 and 3 one more time to give your worms a few nice layers to roam around in.
Step 5: Add your worms and then feed them some kitchen scraps! Close the lid, place the bin in a cool dark place, and walk away. You’re done.
*note: The farmer who sold me my worms advised I keep a light on the bin at night to discourage them from attempting to crawl out…take that advice friends;)
How easy was that?? Seriously, these have to be the easiest from of ‘livestock’ ever! In case you missed my post on how to care for your worms, and why you’d even want them in the first place, check it out HERE.
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