Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting

Mar 20

We posted back in October when we started our very own worm composting bin. Here it is 5 months later and for your viewing pleasure we made a whole video on how to get started and use your very own worm bin! Woot woot! Our first video post!

Things I don’t think I covered very well were what exactly can go into your worm bin. So here is the good list:

  • fruit and vegetable peels,
  • pulverized egg shells,
  • tea bags and
  • coffee grounds.

Do not add meats or dairy products, oily foods, and grains. Go easy on the onions and citrus.

As for buying your worms, if you live in the south, you can use Kazarie Worm Farm like I did. If you live farther away, do an internet search and see if there is a worm farm near you.

Also, a bin our size (18 gallon Rubbermaid bin) will be able to handle about 6 pounds of kitchen scraps a week at it’s prime. The formula is for every square foot of surface area in your bin you can add a pound of food scraps per week. If you start with one pound of worms, try to keep this number to less then 2 pounds a week or else you’ll have more scraps then the worms can handle. Suppposedly the worms will add another 1000 to thier population every 3 months, I haven’t seen that to be the case. I did see baby worms and eggs in my bin, so you can assume that your worms will multiply but give it about a year before you start adding the maximum amount of scrpas to your bin.

As for adding food to our bin, we have a separate little trash can in our kitchen, the size used in a home office, and we throw our scraps in there throughout the week. Then come Friday, I dump the little trashcan into the worm bin, cover it with a generous amount of bedding and start filling the empty little trash can again for the next week. I also forgot to mention that used paper towels and napkins, as long as they weren’t used to mop up greasy foods are good bedding as well. We shred them after use and throw them into the little trash can with the food scraps.

Lastly, after I made this video I found a great video about how to separate your worms from the compost when you are ready to harvest the compost out. Turns out I was really impatient and a lot of the good compost ended up back in my bin, but if you follow this video then you’ll be left with just worms to go back in your bin after harvesting the compost.

If you have questions please comment or email and we are glad to help!

2 comments

  1. Rachel

    So glad you posted this! I’ve been looking to ask you about this & haven’t found time so thanks!

    Off to watch the video..

    I also want to know about your rain barrel .. care to send info & a link? Already looking into a clothes line for the back yard.. :o)

    • Laura V.

      Hey Rachel!
      We got our rain barrel through a sale that the city commissioner and OUC did. They actually had a similar sale yesterday (http://www.mills50.org/news/) so you may be able to contact them and see if they have any leftover rain barrels for sale. It was $58, which is a steal since I had only been finding ones for $90 and up. The type we have is a Systern and you may be able to find something similar somewhere around town.
      Good luck with your bin, if you have questions let us know!

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