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What Kind Of Gardening Gift Is A Worm Bin?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Almost anyone who has an organic garden will set up a worm bin sooner or later. A worm bin is simply a compost bin

How A Worm Bin Works

A worm bin or vermicompost pile as it is called works simply. Instead of just allowing the food from your kitchen to decay on its own, you put it in a bin where you have placed worms. The worms eat the vegetable and fruit matter and when they eliminate waste you have compost.

Building a worm bin is simple. You can use any material such as rubber, wood, plastic or galvanized tubs. Most serious worm compost users like wooden bins because wood breathes better and absorbs excess moisture.

How to Make a Worm Bin

Build a wooden box twice the size you want for composting and put a removable divider down the middle. Drill holes about 1/8 of an inch apart in the bottom four inches of the box to provide ventilation. Make two lids the right size for each half of the box from tops or other material that will help block out rain. This will keep excess moisture out.

Preparing the Bin

Now you need to prepare your bin the day before placing your worms inside. You do this by filling the bin with thin strips of shredded newspaper, straw or dry grass, and then putting a light covering of dirt on top of it. Water, the dirt lightly but thoroughly. Let it sit for 24 hours before adding your worms.

Ordering Your Worms

There are many places where you can order your worms from. The best worms to use are red wigglers or European Night crawlers. You will need 1 lb of worms for every square foot of surface area on your compost pile. Add the worms to your bin and then add some fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen.

Maintaining Your Worm Bin

In order to maintain your worm bin, simply add more fruit and vegetable scraps at least once a week and sprinkle with water every other day. Keep your worm bin covered unless it becomes overly damp.

When the worms begin making compost the height of your newspaper or dry scraps will lower when the bin looks to be about ½ full then add more newspapers or dry grass.

Harvesting Your compost

In order to harvest your compost you need to separate the compost that is not completely decomposed and the worms from the compost. To do this prepare the unused side of your bin as you did the first side. Remove the divider and then take the lid off the side with your compost and worms in it. Since worms like the dark, the worms will begin to move to the side of the compost bin that is dark, this takes about two or three weeks. Replace the divider and use the compost.

Since your worms will be reproducing, grab a handful and take the afternoon off to fish. Who knows not only can these worms help you grow prize winning vegetables, but they may help you catch that prize winning fish you have been after as well. 😉

Gardening Gift Worm Bin

Gardening Gift Worm Bin

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