Worm Composting Bin in 30 Minutes

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Blog entry by gardenmentor posted 01-16-2009 05:09 PM 2654 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I put together a new indoor worm bin yesterday after I lost much of my outdoor bin population during the December freezes. Given so many of you report living in the land of Mr. Freeze under 4’+ of snow, I thought you might appreciate how easy it is to keep a small worm bin going indoors.

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posted 01-16-2009 08:40 PM

I’ve been wanting to do this for years. My wife’s gone from “No”, to “you mean outside, right” to, I almost ordered you worms for Christmas, but got overwhelmed didn’t know what to get.
thanks for the link.

-- southern NH. - smack dab in the middle of 5a and 5b - with lots of shade and full sun, in all the wrong places.

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posted 01-18-2009 07:07 AM

Thats kewl.

How often do you empty it ?.....and maybe a stupid question but how do you empty it?

We are now on a mandatory compost re-cycling program and I dont know if there is anything more disgusting then rotten food waste. In the summer its a “gag me” programm, gives me the dry heaves!

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 01-19-2009 08:20 AM

haha, Scott. I think I’m still at the “No” stage but kind of at the “outside, right?” – but someone else would have to care for it so I think that takes it back to the “no” stage.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-19-2009 02:44 PM

There are two tubs, so the liquid runs into the second tub. I can seperate them (outside) and pour off the drippings into the garden. When the top bin becomes full, I stop adding food and let the worms break everything down. Then, I add a third bin to the bottom of the stack. I add vent holes in the middle one and some bedding and food. The worms move themselves down there when the food runs out up top. I remove the top bin & use the finished compost.

That’s the theory. I’ve just started this style bin, so how often I empty it is tbd. Worm bins should never stink. If they do; something is wrong with your ecosystem. If the worms start trying to get out, then something is wrong with the ecosystem as well. It should be fully contained and relatively carefree. The big problems I see is people putting too much food in for the worms to keep up with. Something small like this definitely won’t do all the veggie waste we produce, but it will do some of it.

Thanks for reading folks!

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