Build A Worm Compost Bin


Hi there YouTube, this is Cenay with gardeningvids.com bringing you another tutorial. Today my my worms arrived, they came in
a little early. I wasn’t expecting them for a couple days some having to kind of scramble to get things setup. Basically what I’m gonna do is create a composting worm bin actually two ultimately, but I’m going to start with one. And use the castings in my raised bed, in my wicking garden, and for my plants. So here’s a quick tutorial on how to do that. First
of all… I took and purchased a big block coconut
coir and now this is pretty rigid you simply add some water and it becomes
this really fine moist material the worms are going to love that. Now I’ve added, for about a third of this block, I added one whole bucket plus about two-thirds of another and it popped up in created all this. I have taken and shredded some newspaper and I’m going to build the bin into this bucket okay, which I have not done
anything with .. it’s just like this one. We’re just going to drilled a few holes in this. Now, for this I’m just gonna use standard drill bits I’ve placed that in my drill motor. And I’m going to drill like three or four holes down here, three of four holes down here. I’m gonna cover that with cloth so they
can escape but it is going to allow the moisture to
seep out in the event I get it too wet in there Okay, so on this can take my .. actually, I have my smallest drill bit possible here, I’m just gonna drill, like, 3 or 4 holes down here. I am drilling it on the smallest, or the .. rather the lowest point on the bucket Okay, and drill four more down here. Now it will be important for me to cover the holes, even
though they’re tiny, they are going to have babies, and baby worms are even smaller than adult worms obviously
and baby worms might be able to get out that. So, I’ve got them in here, this is how they come. Thank you on Uncle Jim’s for sending the
worms Ok, and what I’m gonna do is take his advice there’s a video that he’s put out there about how to cause the worms less stress
when you first get them. So I’m going to go in and I’m gonna get
my tape and my have cloth, and I’m gonna get this
covered and I’ll be right back. One quick note
they were shipped with a couple pieces and newsprint down here and I’m going to shred this and put it
in here and I know that there are people out on the internet that say you
should not use up colored ink, and I would like to let you
know that this is newsprint and the ink that they use on these type of circulars is soy based, so it shouldn’t harm the worms, at all. So feel free. Anything that
comes delivered to your paper, or delivered to
your doorstep by the newsboy is safe to use. Okay, for this next step I’ve just taken an old washcloth that’s clean, and I’ve cut it into a couple strips that
are pretty small, they’ll fit right down over the hole, the holes that I drilled in. You notice I did
drill them all in a line. So, there’s both of those laid down. I’m just
gonna tape these down before the next step. Okay so here next
step is complete. As you can see have taken that washcloth and have taped it down using some duct
tape. Now obviously this is not ideal But my shade, my weed cloth has not yet
arrived and my worms have so I gotta give
them a place to be, so what I’ll do is I’ll will replace each side when I do that first casting harvest. Okay so that’s the next
step now, I’m gonna build the bed. And basically what I’m gonna
do is take this really rich coconut coir, which as you can see if I
squeeze can you see this? I’m getting a drop or two but that’s all I’m getting, it’s not
running, it’s not flowing over my hand, it’s
really its damp, it moist but it’s not too moist.
This is a really good place you want to be. So I’m just gonna take
and put this into this bucket, and fill it up to about right
here okay and then may take my shredded
newspaper put it in and then I’ll check back in with
you. Nice good bed for them so and I’m just going to take my worms, and open this bag .. .. they’ve been pretty stressed everything’s that’s going on, so I’m gonna try not to add to that They did warn me, you know, that traveling does stress your worms. So I don’t know if you can tell, they’re pretty lethargic, and not moving around
quite a bit and that’s normal, just give them a
minute to acclimate. One thing I am gonna do, is I’m going to move this in the sun a minute to kind of drive them down into the dirt
so they can find their new home. So, they’re gonna be heading, heading south. Okay, it’s been a few minutes and as you
can see most to the worms have headed south.
I can still see a couple you know right up here. He’s moving kinda
slow and that’s fine I’m now ready to take the next step which
is to take my newspaper they can to give them some shade over
here, so newspaper does a couple things allows them to come up to the surface to
feed on the material that I’m gonna put in here, and it still protects them from the light. Worms really like
it dark. I’m also gonna wet this down so it’s going to be like a moisture barrier for these guys. Its gonna hold moisture in, down to where
they need it. So I’m just gonna sprinkle some water across
a top, I’ll be right back okay for this next step, I’ve gone in and got my compost as you can see, I tend to break
these down pretty small. The smaller it is the easier it is for them to eat. Even when I’m cutting salads, I go through and I go ahead and give this a little extra chop the stuff that’s gonna go in here. Now
because my worms came early, I wasn’t quite expecting them I don’t really have a whole lot food. Now
that’s okay because they’ve been traveling, they’re not in a real big hurry, they’re going to take a while to get acclimated
so I had time to build some up in the meantime, I thought I’d add .. I’ve got
some stale bread crumbs I thought I would add something that is well to kinda help, you know, get ’em
jump-started into getting acclimated. So, now .. the secret to worm gardening is to divide this up into 6 zones and each time you feed them you feed
them in a different zone this will cause them to migrate to where
the food is each time, causing them to go through the
dirt now I’m going to start in this right hand corner
and I’m just gonna pull they’re little sunshade back. And I’m gonna dig down a little bit and and I’m gonna drop some food right on top. So. I’m just gonna add the breadcrumbs this’ll help ’em with their gizzards, help them digest. And then I’m going to put my compost, right here in this same corner. Pull this back over, and then put their shade back on. So, that’s it. Right now, they really would
probably like me to leave them alone so going I’m going to put their lid on we’re gonna call it good. Now, this is not
the lid that goes on here. I’m gonna need to drill some holes and put some more shade cloth. So, for right now I’m just gonna cover, get ’em dark, help ’em relax. And I’m gonna take and cut holes in the other lid back here and then replace it when I’m done. Okay, here’s the finish lid, I’ve put a few
holes in here, about a half inch around that’s gonna provide good oxygen but they don’t like light, if you’ll recall,
and again, my shade cloth isn’t here. So what I’m gonna do temporarily is just take a dark cloth and fold it over in half and cover the holes and I’ll tape this down. Again
I’m not worried about them escaping they can’t climb up to get out, but I do want to keep it from
the wind blowing it off. So I’m gonna tape that on then that’s,
that’s the last step, that’s the worm bin. K there it is all taped down, just keep
the wind from picking it up and blowing it off. I’m just gonna store it on the bottom shelf
and let ’em get busy making worm castings for me Ok, Stay tuned and next time we’ll cover a setting up the
raised bed garden. I’ve got the area almost cleared, its all good to go. My blackberries arrived today, again,
ahead of schedule. so I gotta get those in PDQ, I’ve just dropped
them in a couple of little pots for now so this Cenay for GardeningVids, signing
off till next time and now we’ll see you then, bye now. Thank you Uncle Jim’s. Worms look great

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