Use Worm Composting, Make Amazing Fertilizer!


Hello everyone and welcome to The Hippie Geeks! Do you like the thought of making a superfood
for your garden? All you need is leftover kitchen scraps, some
bedding, a container and some red, wiggly worms. The first thing to get ready is the bedding
that your worms will be living in. There are a lot of options that you have when
it comes to bedding. Some folks will use shredded newspaper, compost
or animal manure. However, we prefer using coco fiber. It typically comes in compressed bricks like
the one you are looking at.It expands considerably when you add water, so you will need a decently
sized bin to mix it up in. Grab as much of the coco fiber as you think
you are going to need and toss it into your container. After that, pour in a bunch of water. Pour in enough to make the brick of fiber
float, in fact enough to sink it in. It’s not enough, but you can add more in later. If you have some time to spare, you can just
walk away and let the fiber soak up all the water. When you come back thirty minutes or so later
the brick should easily crumble apart. If it doesn’t, just add some more water and
walk away for another twenty minutes. However, I never think of mixing it up early
so I break it up with my hands as it gets wet. Not to mention, deep down inside I am still
a five year old little boy that wants to make mud pies. I break it apart as it gets wet, and just
add water as necessary. Just keep crushing all of the lumps, and eventually
you will have a wonderful, spongy mass of wet coco fiber. You don’t want it to be a soup, but you do
want it to be very damp. As you are about to see, this is our second
year with these worms so I am not mixing in anything else. If this is your first year however, you will
want to mix in some compost or dirt with the fibers to give the worms a good environment
to start in. Our particular worm bin is an antique claw
foot tub. We picked this up last year for a really decent
price, and it has made a spectacular worm bin. We placed some river rock in the bottom covered
with a sheet of heavy weed cloth for drainage and to keep the castings separate from the
rocks. Speaking of this being our second year, this
is what a worm bin looks like after a year of the worms working their magic. This all started out as coco fiber mixed with
some compost around this time last year. At this point, they have turned all of that
bedding and the kitchen scraps we have fed to them directly into sweet, delicious worm
castings. That is the garden superfood that we talked
about at the beginning of this video. Lindsay has already taken some of the castings
out for things she planted earlier in the week and I want to scoot the rest of them
all to one side. First though, I want to pull all of the remaining
kitchen scraps out of the castings. I don’t want to spend the time to pull all
of the worms out of the castings and moving them over, so what I am going to do is just
move the food source and they will shift over on their own. With a five gallon bucket and a little time
I went thru all of the castings to remove the food, and the castings look really, really
good. There is a very decent amount of active worms,
and an absolute mountain of eggs waiting to hatch. Once the weather warms up a little we will
have an explosion of growth that will get us back to this spot again next year. Once I had all of the scraps pulled out, I
moved everything over to the left side of the tub to make room for the new bedding. Here you can see what we did for drainage
in the tub. River rock below the weed block with the castings
on top. It has worked out great with the existing
drain hole in the tub itself we haven’t had an issue with water. I dumped in all of the coco fiber that I had
prepared, and then mixed the kitchen scraps back into the coco fiber. Our worm bin is now set back up and ready. The existing worms and all of the fresh ones
that hatch will migrate over from the existing castings to the new bedding as they start
looking around for food. Once they have all migrated, we will go ahead
and pull out all of the castings and fill the rest of the tub up with new bedding. If you are going to raise worms, it doesn’t
need to be as large of a production as this is. We have a lot of kitchen scraps, and I like
that the system is large enough that we can pretty much ignore it while the worms do their
business. However you can raise worms in something as
small as a shoe box and still see results. As long as you keep the bedding wet, feed
them plenty of scraps and keep the bin covered and dark the worms will thrive. Your garden and houseplants will love it when
you work some of these castings into the soil, and we love that we have another place to
use our kitchen scraps. Between the worms, chickens and compost bin
nothing that comes out of our kitchen goes to waste. Have any of you folks tried raising worms
or using worm castings in your garden? We have had a lot of success with them, and
I am really curious to hear about your experience with it in the garden. Leave a comment below and let us know your
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