How to Make Your Own Worm Bin

How to Make Your Own Worm Bin
[Music Playing] Well, my sun porch is really starting to take
shape and the next project I have to do is to put together my vermiculture bin. Why would
you want to start breeding worms? Well, there are a couple of good reasons. Number one, what we are doing with this system
is we are going to be using all of our kitchen waste and all of those kitchen scraps are
now no longer in your land fill. So it is reducing your total household waste. That
waste is then being turned into compost with these worms and that compost is really going
to enrich any of your container plants or you can use them in the garden outside. You are going to need a couple of things to
put together your own vermiculture bin that you probably have at home already. You probably
are not going to need to spend a dime. I got a rubber bin here. Just a storage bin, regular.
It does not have to be too large. I am just using an 18 gallon one right here. I also
have shredded up newspaper I also got another cover to put underneath my bin. I also have
this piece of cardboard here and I also have a drill with a quarter inch drill bit. And
I also have a water bottle here. Of course, I have got my worms that I am going to add
into this project. And also a little bit of soil and just some kitchen scraps. Alright,
let us get started. First thing I need to do is take this and put some holes in it.
[Demonstration] Oh that was so easy. You are definitely going
to be able to do this. [Demonstration] Alright! I am done drilling all of the holes
here. So I am going to take my cardboard and pop that along the bottom. And the next thing
I have to do is I have to fill this with the newspaper for our worms.
I also want to moisten it. Now you want to make sure that their bedding is fully moist
you do not like it to be dry, but you do not want it to be soaking either. Worms are very
particular about their environment. So if it is too wet or too dry they are definitely
want to try and get out. And it is your job to make sure that they have the ideal conditions
to give you that great compost and all also to breed. Alright! Now it is time now to add my worms.
And I got a bunch of worms here; check out this big one right here. Look at that. He
is huge. Now, if you are going to be purchasing worms, you want to definitely purchase red
wigglers. Those are the ones that you want to use in this type of system and here I got
a bunch of red wigglers right here in my hand. There are little babies too. Alright! So I am going to grab a bunch of
worms here and plop them in. Alright! I am going
to grab some of these guys here. Wow! Look at them. It is a lot of worms. They feel cool
and slimy. I am also adding soil here to my vermiculture bin. Soil is really important.
It contains a bunch of microbes that are going to help in the composting process. We have
also just taken the worms out of their home which is the soil so you do want to add some
soil as well. And I am just using about a quart pot worth of soil.
Alright! So they got a layer of soil and now I am going to add a bunch of green material,
basically a bunch of the clippings that I clipped yesterday from my container garden
here are going in to feed my worms. Alright! My vermiculture bin is done. I am
just going to cover it up now. And I am going to make sure that my bin is on top of another
lid. And voila! My vermiculture bin is done and very soon I am going to have some fresh
compost that I can use in my containers here on my sun porch. I hope you are going to try
this at home. You know, you are just going to do so much for the environment by keeping
those kitchen scraps out of those landfills and it is a great project to do with kids,
too. I am Patti Moreno, the garden girl. Thanks
for watching.

99 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Worm Bin

  1. @mmmmmarcus hey whats the ideal night crawler worm bin setup? i live in the Philippines and Africa nightcrawlers are the ideal type of worm here plzz i need info

  2. @mmmmmarcus Are you retarded? I in NO way mirrored what you said, pal. I was trying to be helpful… It's easy to say, "Try this or that." The work is in the research. I don't think you've done yours, and you aren't suggesting any sources for anyone on the subject. To be nice I've taken the time to find a site that would help YOU in your answers. Don't pretend to know everything on any one subject. There is always something to learn. Google "epigeic worms" and click the first link.

  3. Why did you mix worms? Are these worms tha you found in your garden? You do amazing videos. You have a great camera person and excellent editing skills. When will we have an up date on your worm bin?

  4. @EmberflyLayouts Excess moisture will leak through the cardboard and drain, but the materials inside of the bin won't fall out.

  5. before making stupid comments or be a idiot,please note her wedding ring.i live on lake st clair in michigan and thank you for the clear informative video ,,i def wont buy the 100.00 model composter and i cant wait to go fishing,this knocks 75 percent or better of cost buying bait

  6. Hi garden girl. Are those night crawlers? Or just a big red wiggler. How did this project work? Thanx for showing.

  7. video doesn't explain where the holes go or why they are there. also when putting worms, soils into bin all we see is her chest/face and not what the bin looks like…. not a goodvisual explanation of process

  8. worms breed fast. Some bins have a way to let the worms crawl into the new bin and than harvest the worm compost. If you get too many worms, get an old blender and wammo, a quick and easy liquid fertilizer and quite humane. Be good

  9. The holes are for drainage. The cardboard both helps keep moisture in and castings from going down the holes. It will disintegrate and be eaten by the worms eventually.

    The reason for doing this is either to get the worm castings, an excellent fertilizer, or to breed worms to feed chickens or other animals. It's also a simple-to-use composting system.

  10. Thanks, I have no excuse not to do it now. A follow up video of what your worm bin looks like in intervals of time (2, 4, 6 weeks etc) would be real helpful, too. Thanks, Garden Girl!

  11. @mmmmmarcus Regular (NATIVE) Nightcrawlers will not produce as good castings due to their inability to digest both nitrogen and carbon, most worms only digest one or the other.

  12. a paper shredder isn't necessary. I rip strips of newspaper by hand and also put in a few whole sheets. The paper breaks down and the worms eat what they want. And they love to cluster around large sheets of paper whether its buried or on the surface.

  13. Sad because this video reinforces many newbie worm composting MISTAKES. Too much food, poor bedding choice and not enough worms.

  14. Are you serious? All she said was help your environment by keeping biodegradable materials out of the landfill. Since mostly everything in a landfill is non-biodegradable, it would not make much sense to mix non-biodegradable materials with biodegradable materials. Get it, or is that too much for you? Landfills are just the surface problem. Lets get to the root of the problem. People like you. Why cant people like you keep you’re over opinionated mouths shut?

  15. i'm not too upset about seeing her face instead of some rotting food. i can figure that part out. here the secret-it's not rocket science!

  16. Unbelievable.
    The idea is to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills because many cities are running out of space to dump all the garbage people create. Organic materials make up appx. 20 to 30% of what is thrown into landfills.

  17. the holes go on the lid.. they are there so that air can come inside for the worms to breath on… duhhhh!!!! 😉 hehe no offence.. the explanation is all we really need… well she put shreded papers and soil and worms down there so it will most likely not be a pretty sight.. hehe…

  18. they follow.. they are good for the plants, you can allways use worm castings.. or you could just make another bin for even more production 🙂 or you could go fishing with the worms.. it´s up to you really.. if you´re hungry enough then the worms are edible 😛

  19. Great video, I recently made an inexpensive stacking tray type of worm bin so removing the finished castings would be easier. Visit GeorgiaCyberMom dotcom and click on the link for How to Make a Cheap Stacking Worm Bin fto see how I made it.

  20. It was better although, you might want to include where the holes go on the bin ( around sides, top, bottom…) and why the bin needs holes. All in all, much better than the first video..

  21. Hi Patti ! Thanks for your presentation. But I have a doubt, don"t they need a netted cover to be placed at the top instead of a fully covered ones for aeration and to avoid foul me so that i would be able to do it without any doubts. I would love to prepare the vermi composite myself as I purchase them now for my kitchen garden.

  22. The worms who live on the right side of my bins allseem to prefer the Wall Street Journal. The worms on the left side prefer the Washington Post.

  23. Thanks for encouraging worm composting.. check out WormWatcher Style to make you smile. We send our customers email and educational tips in case folks want some extra coaching as they learn how to vermicompost .. either with DIY kits or our clear patented composters that are great for schools.

  24. I've been hearing that red wigglers are the best, but why can't you use worms from your backyard? I thought all worms were good for the soil??

  25. The camera is way to close up to pattys face, please wide out so we can see more of what she is doing.

  26. I need to know how to breed bloodwrom at home in case I just have a dried ones in a pack! I just need them fresh for my aquarium fish so I wish if there is any way to help me in this 🙂 and thanks for the great tutorial 🙂

  27. I am totally against using worms for bait. Putting them on a hook causing torment on them. I am opposed to ANYTHING being tormented and I think even just voicing an opinion against torment is a FIRST step in the RIGHT direction of solving the problem!

  28. If they can't feel pain, then why do they jerk when someone sticks them with a fish hook? Or at least they look like they are. But, if I'm wrong, that's awesome but I hope you can lead me to more information about this. I really feel sorry for anything that has to suffer on this planet. From the heart, from most intelligent to the least and I am for looking for solutions to stop that. I'm a peace and love kind of guy and promote love without torment.

  29. I'm pretty sure that every living creature has some sense of pain, but …? … such is life I guess. I have a huge heart and I feel for every animal and creature, but … it is sorta the circle of life thing.

  30. @Santori For the past few months I’ve been out there in the trenches interviewing 5 of the worlds leading worm composting experts – asking them to reveal their most intimate worm composting business operations & techniques – so all of my fellow worm composting comrades could follow along, learn their methods and mimic their successes…
    Go here ==>

  31. I was so scared but intrigued to try this. Plus, I always wondered what type of worms to use! Thank you! How moist should we keep them? My I usually keep my plants soil moist to the touch but not spongy…more like, after ringing the dish sponge feel. Would that be okay for the worms? How did you research the worms before trying this project?

  32. That's a totally stupid racist comment. How would you like it if every time I saw a white person doing something interesting (yeah I know I know black people don't do ANYTHING interesting, we only shoot each other, make babies and do drugs, right? Riiiiight….) I said, "Look, there's Superman at it again!" You act like you have never seen a black person which makes you look not only ignorant, but slightly retarded. Is that drool dripping from the side of your mouth??

  33. Hey garden girl cutie– the holes and cardboard are a good first step but you should add either coir or peat moss and then use the newspaper as a cover for the worms and food to help keep flies gnats etc out. Otherwise nice vid.

  34. Lead has not been used in the inks used on newspapers since as late as 1972. Modern inks are based on some soybean product. It is entirely biodegradable, and newspaper, etc, has been independently tested by the folks at Mother Earth News for use ins gardens and worm bins, etc.
    Most soybeans now are GMO products, (about 95% of all that are grown…) but at least the worms and microbes in the soil can break them down.

  35. Um, how do you get the compost out? Red Wigglers are good for compost and fishing. Bad if you release them into the environment, so it's not like you can bring this outside to your veggies and dump it.

  36. Awesome! We just purchased a home and I am excited to garden. Would misting with a spray bottle be better or do you want the paper wet?

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