When we moved from a 1/3 acre homestead we owned, to a rental townhouse, I knew homesteading would look different.
Chickens would be impossible…but gardening could still happen in containers.
I quickly realized though that I would need some smart composting systems. My chickens were re-homed and I had no where to put our kitchen scraps! A composter was the answer…but what kind??
There are many varieties of composting, and they all have their place. But I was looking for something contained, easy to use, and that would be virtually mess free. Oh and it had to be a reasonable size to fit on my back patio or garage.
Because gone are the days when I can toss scraps to the chickens, or into a heap way in the back of my property….ehem…
So I searched and I searched. And I eventually stumbled upon the Urban Worm Bag.
I had never seen a worm composting system like this before! I had to try it!
This worm composter is a canvas bag in the shape of a funnel, which hangs on metal pole frame. It’s super easy and quick to set up. Seriously, it’s like playing with giant tinker toys (anyone else remember those??).
Once it’s put together we filled it with coconut coir, worms, kitchen scraps, and covered it with paper/cardboard!
I keep it outside on my patio next to the door to the kitchen. It makes disposing of kitchen scraps super quick.
But why vermicomposting?? What even is it??
Vermicomosting is using worms to help breakdown food scraps into ultra rich soil.
The worms eat the food scraps and turn it into worm castings, i.e. worm poop. Which just so happens to be gardening GOLD. Seriously, look it up, people are selling worm castings for outrageous prices!
At the time of writing this review, I’ve been using the Urban Worm Bag for 3 months. And I could not be happier with it. It is so easy to use, the brilliant design has solved all the problems I’ve had with vermicomposting in the past – specifically, the worms escaping and the hassle of getting the compost without having to sort through a ton of worms to get it.
The bag is made of high quality canvas and plastic zippers, the worms cannot get outta here, but they still get the ventilation they need. (plus! bonus, this is also pretty good at protecting them from the elements – I put this thing through the ringer with hot hot days, and cooold days (accidentally left it outside below freezing one night – not recommended). My worms have been doing amazing the whole time.
And the funnel at the bottom makes it so easy to retrieve the compost when it’s ready!
The only critical thing I have to say about it is that it’s a bit larger than I expected! But that’s not a major problem, it still fits on my porch easily.
The wait time on getting fresh compost is a few months, which is a bummer. However, that particular issue is just the nature of vermicomposting. I started out with 2000 worms, and as their population grows, I’ll get more compost more quickly.
All in all, I think Urban Worm Bag an excellent fit for backyard, small scale, and urban homesteaders.
What to feed the worms
Generally speaking, you can feed worms just about any plant food scraps, just chop them up into small pieces to help them breakdown faster. Some people even blend it up in a blender to get things going faster! You can even feed them old tea bags and eggshells.
What not to feed the worms
This is honestly the thing to pay the most attention too. Don’t feed your worms the following,
- citrus & citrus peels
- animal products (meat, dairy)
- anything moldy – mold is no bueno!
How long til you have compost?
This will vary on how many worms you start with, and the climate, etc. But generally speaking you can expect that if you start with 2000 worms you’ll get some compost within 3-4 months.
I know that sounds like a long time, but remember this compost is super nutrient dense – you can make compost tea, or use it in your own soil mix, or as a side dressing for fruit trees. It’s goooood stuff. Worth the wait. Also it will get faster as the worm population grows. According to the good folks at The Urban Worm Company, the Urban Worm Bag can hold up to 5,000 worms.
How to retrieve compost
This is the fun part! Just put a bucket or container of some kind underneath the Urban Worm Bag to catch the compost. Then open the bottom of the bag, and let it fall into the bucket. The worms will naturally stay near the top of the bag where the food is, so all the good compost is essentially worm free and available at the bottom. Genius design!!
So who else is ready to get one or two of these Urban Worm Bags for their backyard or urban homestead??! You won’t regret it!
Click HERE to order yours, and make sure to let me know in the comments how you like it!
*I was provided the Urban Worm Bag for free for review. All opinions are my own. If I hated it, I’d tell ya!