Worm Chronicles, Chapter 1

My Worm Bins are finished

I have finally finished my worm bins and its time to buy some worms. However, I’m not just buy any worms though, I am getting red wriggler worms that are best for composting (also called vermicomposting) in worm bins. I live in a basement apartment without much space. I also have to share the backyard. This means that having a big compost pile is not really plausible for me right now. However, I wanted to have a way to compost so of my kitchen scraps  in a small setting. This is where my worms come into play. These worms will eat the food that I put in for them and on the other side they will produce worm castings (their poop).

These worm castings are very good compost to add to gardens. I started my journey with studying about how to raise worms. I found many different methods and bins to do it in. After doing this research, I took everything that people agreed on as basic truth for right  now. Then I tried to piece together the things that they disagreed on and find what worked and what didn’t work. This is my attempt at raising worms. I will share as I go things that I have learned.

For me it started with the worm bins. I found that a taller narrower bin worked better. It also has to be dark inside so if you use plastic it must be a dark colored one as to keep the light out. The worms will hide from the light, and if it is clear then it will mess with their ability to produce in the bin. I first made a wooden bin and stained it with boiled linseed oil.  I then drilled dozens of holes in the top, sides, and bottom. The bottom I covered with tool so the worms couldn’t get out (even though I don’t think they would. The worms stay toward the top where there food is).

 

I decided to make two different bins so that if I screwed up my one of them, I wouldn’t have killed all my worms. My second one is made with two rubber containers, one stacked in the other. I drilled holes in the  bottom of this one too. However I cut out bigger holes in the top and glued tool around them to keep bugs out better. Worms need lots of air flow to survive.

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