How to build a Worm Compost Box for Composting (DIY Worm Bin)


do you want a simple and easy
do-it-yourself warm box in this video I’m going to show you how to build very
simple and easy do-it-yourself worm bin that you can do with just a Rubbermaid
containers hi this is Jeremy starke from green thumb
Gardner here to give you some tips tutorials and reviews for all your
gardening needs in this video I’m going to show you how to build a very simple
and easy do-it-yourself worm bin box that anyone can do with just simple
materials that you get from from Walmart or Home Depot or Amazon basically one of
the main materials that you’re gonna need is a Rubbermaid container but
before we get started if you have any questions or if you have any comments
about you know what you do for compost and make sure you drop a drop a comment
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see similar content like this that we have here so now that we’ve gotten that
out of the way let’s get into the show so basically today we’re gonna go over a
very simple method on how to build a warm box now if you guys don’t know what
an actual worm bin is or if you’ve never seen one Verma composting you know check
out the link above right there you’ll see a little box pop up there and I
actually did a live video basically showing you what you know one of my warm
bins that I have what it is and what it does so if you want to check it out
before you do this go ahead and just click on up there and I’ll take you
right over to that video but what I’ll do is I’m gonna show you the steps and
very the the materials that you need the steps that you need to do and the very
simple way to actually put this together and then I’ll show you what you can do
the best practice to get started with it and as always I will always have in the
in the description below I’ll have a link to all the materials that I use but
let’s get into the show and I’ll show you how to do this in the house how
simple and easy it is for this project you may need 310 gallon Rubbermaid bins
that you can find at Walmart your local hardware store or you know on Amazon
I’ll put a link in the description below so that you know exactly you know which
bin it is but one of the things that I would look go for which what’s neat
about the bins that I actually got is they have this little
groove right here and what that does is that when you put the two bins together
it leaves a gap between the bins and the bottom and I’ll show you well that’s
really important when we want to start to build this because on the bottom part
right here this is where the bottom bin you’re gonna have is you’re not gonna
put any particular holes in this one this is just where you’re gonna collect
the the liquids that drain off from the composting so it’s really important to
have a little gap in there so that so that the you know the liquid doesn’t
come in to where it’s composting and and because the worms don’t like it too wet
or you know drenched in water when you’re first getting started you only
need to have you only need to have two of them because you know you’re gonna be
just starting out with one of them but as you get as your compost builds and
you want to be able to harvest this you’re gonna start the you’re gonna put
the other container on there and I’ll show you how to do that but first let’s
get started the first step that you want to do is once you get your bins is on
the bottom of two of them what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna put you know a
bunch of holes in the in the actual bottom of the bin so you want to you
want to get a drill so you can get your regular hand drill and I use a half inch
drill bit to do this so what I’ll do is I’m just going to go through here and
just drill some holes in here all right once you once you’ve completed
that you want to have the whole bottom of it it’s gonna be all holes on the
bottom of it you want to do that for the other bin as well so you know do that
for the second bin the third bin like I said you don’t need to do this for once
you once you get through that and you have all the holes drilled in there the
next additional step that you want to do is on the side of the bin I like to just
put some holes in there maybe like three or four holes and I use a much smaller
bit so I use a quarter inch or an eighth inch but if you have that do we want to
put you know four in each side right here of the of the actual bin and then
what that does is that that allows the the air and oxygen to to get to the
worms because when you have this closed up and you have the cover on top you
know it can be not completely airtight but that way they will ensure that you
do have air in there so I just say to do that plus one the other things too is if
you leave this bin outside you’re gonna get some some other critters that are
gonna come into the bin that actually really help but you don’t want it too
big because you don’t want the Flies to get in there so if you have really small
holes though the particular the Flies that you see the common houseflies and
things they won’t be able to get into it so you know if you’re an eighth inch or
a quarter inch bit all you need to do is drill that so once you get that all
situated when you’re first starting this out you just want to have two bins like
I said so the bottom bin is where you’re gonna be collecting all the compost tea
in here so once you get all your holes drilled out you want to basically put
the second bin in make sure that it’s it’s nice and snug and then what I do is
I take some newspaper and then I just line the very bottom of the bin itself
what this does is that it will prevent the the worms and you know any of the
things from going into the the bottom container but yet it will still be able
to drain out because it is newspaper and eventually it’s going to kind of break
down in there but I put the on the very bottom the first time I do it is I put
just a layer of newspaper and then one of the other materials I like to use in
the in the warrant the worm compost bin is some shredded paper or shredded
newspaper so I do also just put a little bottom part of the right on the bottom
of it and you just want to make sure to kind
of just you know it’s all over the place just so that it’s nice because the raw
material is one of the things that you do need for good compost and then the
next thing that you want to do is is you want to get the worms itself now these
worms and all the ones that you find in your garden so you you know you can’t
use those particular worms in here they’re not going to the same amount of
work that that you want to have the worms the particular ones that you want
to have and I’m not a worm expert but they’re called red regular worms and
they’re or night crawlers I believe you could use them I think a lot of people
use them in their bait fish and bait as well because they wriggle and they fish
seem to love them but they they’re basically special type of worms that
that you know the I guess they’re native to certain parts of the country but uh
but uh what I’ll do is I’ll also put a link in the description below and I’ll
have where you can actually get the the worms itself and where I got my worms
but when they when they come they’re basically gonna arrive in like a bag
like a almost like a cloth bag or something like that and they’re gonna
have some kind of peat moss maybe a little food in there you know just to
help get it started so you know this basically you know will come in some
kind of bag and as you can see I have these are from my other warm bin if you
haven’t seen I put a link in the description below so you can see what
the actual worm bin is itself but in this one I’m basically though all the
worms will come in here and so what I do is is I’ll put I’ll put the actual worms
in one corner of the bin and then I’ll start feeding that particular area of
the bin I’ll kind of move across and as I’m feeding I’m putting in more of my
material in here and then eventually the worms are actually gonna reproduce and
they’re gonna just basically fill this whole bin up so you have a whole bunch
of whole community of worms that will be in there so you do that and you just put
your food you know like food scraps you know I just throw some broccoli in here
I mean usually they like to have smaller scraps in this but you know like I said
I try to keep it simple I’ll throw this in there and that’s pretty much it I’ll
cover it up with that and then you also have a cover that you want to put on top
so you’ll put the cover on top and when I leave this outside
I don’t really do anything with it I just keep it raised up off of the ground
and it’s very simple the only the only drawback that I don’t like about it and
I do have this in a covered area because of this is that the covers sometimes the
they’ll have a place where the water can pool so I just I try to keep mine you
know in a covered spot outside if I can so I don’t have to worry about the water
getting on there but you know every once in a while you just have you might have
to do that because you don’t want to get water in these bins because the worms
don’t like too much water they do like some moisture but not not all they don’t
want to be drowning in this so you want to make sure that you don’t you keep
them you know somewhat dry but hopefully you found this helpful if you do um you
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