How To Do Worm Bin Composting And Get Some Quality Worm Compost


Phil: Hey guys itÕs Phil from smilinggardener.com,
if you havenÕt checked out my free online organic gardening course, you can do that
right on the home page of smilinggardener.com. Today we are talking about worm bin composting;
maybe you donÕt have a place to have a big outdoor compost but still want to recycle
those fruit scraps into something really nutritious and thatÕs where worm bin comes in because
itÕs really compact. You can do right inside and then mix really wonderful compost.
So the first thing we are gonna do here is to make a worm bin, you can buy them online
already made but I want to show you how to make one from much cheaper. The size really
doesnÕt matter too much but what I have here is probably 15 inches wide by 24 inches long
by maybe 24 inches tall something like that, start with the bottom. Can you see the bottom
holes, I have the 6 to 12 holes. I usually drill in the bottom and that per drainage,
so that extra water can drain out then along the sides I usually have 6 to 12 holes and
also I will show you these holes in the lid that allows for just air movement because
you know worms to breathe air just we do. You also need just to settle the bin up a
little bit. So itÕs allowed to drain, so any kind of
wood blocks or if you want to have some of the fun, you find some little branches like
that and you set them down underneath the bin, so itÕs sitting up. Other thing you
need to do is have a drain into something. We happen to have another lid thatÕs a perfect
way to catch the liquids itÕs gonna run out otherwise any kind of a tray will work. The
worms need a home and since we are gonna be adding a lot of nitrogen rich food scraps.
We need some carbon rich bedding as we call it. You can use some leaves for that, some
straw for that but whatÕs commonly done is some newspaper.
Another thing we can put in there which is a very, very good idea is some sand. Worms
need sand in order to process their food. These few little bit sand in there or if you
just have some soil to have a little bit of sand in it that will be fine too. You donÕt
necessarily have to go and buy sand, itÕs basically a lot like a compost power where
we wanted to be moist like a runout sponge, a worm bin is even kept a little more moist.
WhatÕs can be nice somewhere but still you want the worms to be able to breathe air.
So we donÕt want to be too soaking with, we get red regular worms which tend to hang
out sometimes in compost piles especially in maneuver pile; most of us what we do is
we go by them and that can be a little tricky to find in your local area, sometimes you
might have a local person who sells them or sometimes you might them at a farmerÕs market,
the often you can online do a little bit of searching and find them and have them shipped
to you, often whatÕs recommended for a box besides is about a pound of worms, itÕs leaking
and itÕs being cut just like it suppose to. I have gotten a way with half a pound of worms
before because they can be a little pricy but really not too bad, so I had some worm
shipped to me and these people did a fantastic job shipping, so that the worms are in this
really nice bedding already. You can see any worms in there, in order to help them settle
in, it can be handy to get a light and turn it on and kind of put it into your bin like
that, worms donÕt like light so they are gonna go down into the bin there and get really
comfortable down in their bedding, after a few days or maybe as long as a week, you can
start feeding your worms once they are comfortable in there and now eat pretty much any food
scraps but there are few things you shouldnÕt really feed them. You donÕt really want to
feed them much in the way of meat, dairy, really oily foods, really salty foods or really
hot spicy foods and thatÕs about it, we donÕt love citrus so not too much citrus and also
not too much in the Allium family like garlic and onions but a little bit isnÕt a problem,
egg shells no problem, parsley, broccoli. I wouldnÕt go for the citrus, if I can help
it and in all kinds of other foods scraps we are having here, pepper, sweet potato,
itÕs all good. So how do you do this, well you can use your hands or sometimes after
a while especially once it gets going, it can be kind of handy to use a spatula to get
in there. I am gonna to start adding food, I will take a corner, I will bury the food
in that corner and I basically start kind of slow, one pound a week then maybe 2 pounds
a week and then for a bit in the size maybe up to 4 or 5 pounds a week eventually and
I have probably added about twice a week, so I donÕt go adding it everyday just because
I donÕt want to disturb than more than I have to, so what I will do is I will add into
this corner and kind and buried in there and that helps stop the food flies from coming
and just mix it better for them, itÕs kind like when you are mixing up the compost pad
you want to mixed together that I will go into this corner, then I will skip kind of
working along the bin every few days, pretty more food scraps in by the time I have finished
over here and I come back to the beginning, these food scraps should be largely broken
down and like, then I can start again at the beginning. If you have any questions about
worm bin compost you can ask them down in here, if you havenÕt signed up for my free
online organic gardening course, you can get it down in here. You can join me and my sister
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Quality Worm Compost

14 thoughts on “How To Do Worm Bin Composting And Get Some Quality Worm Compost

  1. That was fun to watch! I have another bin under to catch the liquid so I can use it in the garden =) and I found my red wigglers at the local plant store. It was a special order but they were able to get them in for me =)

  2. Or when you set up your worm bin for the first time you can add some decomposing food to encourage them to start eating.

  3. is it bad if these worms end up in your garden, will they eat your plants? after about two years my bin ended up with a big infestation of little roaches and other types of little bugs (no flies though). i got most of the bigger sized ones out but there are still a lot of tiny ones left. is it still ok to use?

  4. You showed to do things sort of ass backwards. It would be better to get your bin ready and add the food for a few days and the critters will have the food broken down and then add the worms and they can eat it right away. Another thing that can speed things up is run all your veggies and fruits thru a juicer and feed the worms the pulp. If you dont have a juicer just chop the the food up as small as possible then feed it to them, have a good day.

  5. I disagree a bait shop is the most expensive place to by red wigglers in quantity. Most worm outlets will sell you 1 lb of red wigglers which is about 1000 wigglers. I got 1000 wigglers shipped to me for $25.00. At a bait shop it would cost you around $200 for the same amount of worms if you could get a doz for $2 which you probably cant. Obviously you havent been to a bait shop lately.

  6. The system isn't letting me reply directly to any comments on this video anymore, but to answer Andrea J.C.V., once the food scraps and bedding have turned into compost (can take a couple of months), you can remove it. You can put it on a tarp under a lamp and the worms will burrow away from the light each time you remove a little compost from the top. Then they will be left on the bottom and you can hadd them to some new bedding. Or you can stop adding food scraps to one half of the bin for a month and the worms will migrate to the other half of the bin (where you'll still be adding food scraps), and then you can harvest the finished half.

  7. After a bit of trial and error, the unit was finally assembled.>>>ur2.pl/1123 The directions required some deciphering. Great quality materials for a heavy plastic container, easy to use, and very stable stand.

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