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Category: Worm Bin Composting | Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:11 am

There are many different containers you can use for worm bin composting. It is only limited really by your imagination. As long as the material is not toxic to the worms and provides adequate protection from the outside world - light, wind, rain, and temp. and supplies plenty of air yet keeps the bedding moist, your worms will be happy. I have heard of people using old hollowed out phonograph players, bathtubs, garbage cans, surrounding an area outside with bales of straw and covering the top to control the moisture and exposure to the sun. Your own situation will truly determine how and where you will worm compost.

However, if you have never tried worm bin composting before I recommend that you start small. Even if you have a family that can really produce the compostables, let your conventional compost pile take the extra and keep your first bin small. Get a feel for how the bin works, the time it takes, the smells and critters, and let it grow. It doesn't take long.

People have a tendency to go overboard with a lot of things that pertain to gardening. They plan this great big garden and then it all gets the better of them and it all becomes work instead of a pleasure.

One of the best bins to start with is just an inexpensive tote. The next size up would be okay too, especially if you really think you would like the worms and you are an organic gardener. It is a 1x2x3 Bin and is a perfect size for a family of 2-4. It's a little bit bigger and will require a bit more room, but will produce more product as well.

Food for thought.

Think about ways you can build healthy soil. Worms are nature's answer.


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eileen wrote on Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:05 am:

I was beginning to wonder where you were. It's good to have you back again.

OK I've saved this page too to forward to my friends in Holland. They're really impressed with all your information and are making the pages into a book that they can keep on their allotment to refer to.


Gardenstew wrote on Fri Jan 26, 2007 12:22 pm:

I like the idea of starting small Christy. You speak a lot of sense ;)


cajunbelle wrote on Fri Jan 26, 2007 1:46 pm:

If I use a plastic tote what do I do with the moisture that will accumulate. Should I put a drainage hole in it? And how many worms would it take for a tote that size? And do I start off with dirt in it or just start adding veggie and fruit scraps, how about cooked rice? Sorry for all the ?????'s.

pondlady wrote on Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:07 am:

So glad you are back. I was already to start my worm house and you took a vacation.

DerekMc525 wrote on Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:51 am:

I was saying on a different thread i want to do a worm bin in a Fish tank! Ill Put pics up soon on my website!

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