Worm Composting

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For years I’ve had guilt about tossing out my compostable items.  I was too lazy to take this “gardner’s gold” to feed a friends chickens, local farm or… (what else do you do with compost when you don’t live in a town that collects it?  Please do tell).  A few weeks ago I gave up the word lazy and ordered this worm composting bin from Amazon.  I set it up per the included DVD instructions, laying down one sheet of newspaper and then a combination of moist cork and shredded paper.  I mixed in some dirt and a few composting items then put it in a relatively cool corner outside and waited for my worms (these ones on Amazon) to arrive, which happened today!

When the worms arrived they required a drink (half cup of water into their soil) before putting them into the compost.  I then laid a sheet of wet newspaper on top to seal in the moisture.  They seem healthy and have acclimated quickly into their new environment. I’ll report on the progress, in the meantime, please send me your tips!  If you don’t compost yet, perhaps you’ll consider sharing the journey with me.

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8 responses

  1. My husband won’t let me have worms :-) But, in high school my biology class did vermicomposting. It was a lot of fun! They LOVE paper coffee filters and old coffee grounds, as well as tea bags. We also would give them crushed up egg shells.

    We used to have a compost pile outside, which worked much the same way but on a much larger scale. But, now we keep chickens and they get all of our scraps. We end up composting their bedding and using that as fertilizer for the garden, it works wonderfully.

  2. We compost at home but we don’t use it. I have a teensy yard and no use for compost but I hated throwing away compostables. So, I got an outdoor trashcan with a screw on lid (It was less than 20 dollars) and I drilled holes in the bottom and around the sides. We throw all of our food waste, plus things like egg cartons and toilet paper tubes right on in. In the summer when it’s hot, we put the lid on tight (I bungee cord it down) and roll it around the back yard (kicking it) a few times to “stir” it up.

    The rest of the year, we just keep adding to it.

    We’re 4 years into using it, and it just kind of goes away. The worms came on their own through the holes in the bottom, and only one time did we need to dump it out cause it got too full. When that happened, we just threw it out with the landfill garbage. I figure, it was over halfway composted, so it would finish there fairly quickly.

    We love it.

    • How wonderful that you compost! I also have a friend that uses the same method you do and loves it! It’s about time I actually do a post about this method. My method I’m using right now doesn’t have the capacity to compost all of our scraps.

      Might I add food for thought: compost is referred to by gardeners as “gardeners gold” and is incredibly valuable to them. In a landfill it still takes up space, does not serve it’s valuable purpose and is not an environment the worms can survive in. Essentially, it goes to waste and becomes a part of the toxic landfill. Perhaps there is a local gardener or farm of some sorts that would be thrilled with the gift of your compost? If you find a solution let me know. I have a lot of friends looking for places to take their compost. Best of luck!

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