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Post  Sherry G Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:50 pm

I have heard about using worms for a compost bin but don't know the details. Can anyone tell me how to build one? We don't have enough scraps for a regular compost pile but I think I can keep that going.
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Post  OhioGardener Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:33 pm

Sherry, the best thing to do is use Youtube to do a search for worm bins, and you'll find a wealth of information there.  There are also some very reliable sites that sell redworms and worm bins that you can gain a lot of information from, such as Uncle Jim's Worm Farm, Worm Composting Hq.

A couple Youtube videos you can start with are these:





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Post  Sherry G Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:49 pm

Thanks so much, OhioGardener. I don't always think of YouTube and sometimes get frustrated (frequently) sorting through all the videos to find something that seems to fit what I want.
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Post  Dan in Ct Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:29 pm

Sherry, the easiest worm bin I have seen is a 10-12 gallon plastic opaque tote (no clear ones) with a landscape fabric cover held on by binder clips from Staples or some other office supplies store. I use shredded newspaper or cut up cardboard for bedding, make it moist but not dripping wet. They love coffee grounds and pulverized roasted eggshells and kitchen waste cut as small as you have time to do. Add the kitchen waste a week or two before the worms arrive. They are feeding on the microbiology as much as any nano size kitchen waste. A handful of garden soil for grit and microbe diversity is a bonus. I use a hand cultivator to aerate and always after feeding place fresh dry bedding on top before covering. It takes a couple of months to get the worm bin's production revved up but then you will see a major change and how fast the kitchen waste is processed. You will need another worm bin as one cures after removing the majority of the worms and the other is producing. It is the simplest method I have seen and because of the pandemic no need for power tools, no unnecessary trips to the ER. Then feeding is usually once a week, if you see liquid on the bottom after pulling the bedding back with the cultivator add some fresh dry bedding to absorb it. Aerate and fluff while feeding. Very little need to add extra liquid, the kitchen waste will supply most of it, do forget dry bedding on top and then cover.
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Post  Sherry G Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:31 pm

Thanks so much. This has all been helpful. I need to start saving my kitchen scraps Smile
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