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October 16, 2020
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Have You Considered Worm Compost Bins?

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People have been using composting techniques for a long time as they use what they have on hand to make their gardens even more productive and fun to work with. Worm compost bins speed up the process of composting and produce some of the richest types of compost. These little wigglers can transform household garbage to usable vermiculite in as little as two weeks. The thing is that you will have to have enough of the little critters in your worm bin to do the trick.

While there are some commercial worm compost bins available for purchase, you actually can create your very own. Bins can be purchased for between $50 and $100, but when you make your own that cost is considerable less. For instance, you can turn 10 gallon plastic tubs with cover into worm compost bins in a snap. All you have to do is cut a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and a few more holes in the sides just above the bedding or into the lid, and you are ready to go.

Worm compost bins can be made out of any type of materials as long as there is no concern over its toxicity. Many people make their own from old reclaimed wood; others turn large empty food containers into small worm bins.

Of course, you will need to add the bedding and the worms, but that is easy enough to do. Red wigglers are the most popular for this purpose because they really do chow down on the food supplied to them, therefore producing a lot more of their waste which is the compost you are looking for. These little guys can be purchased from a garden supply house either online or locally.

The bedding can consist of a variety of items that are already around the house, like shredded or torn up newspaper or magazines. Just avoid those with colorful pictures or glossy coating since these are chemically produced and can harm your worker worms. Peat moss and aged manure can also be used, but if you have leaves ready to rake off the ground anyway why not try that instead. Just shred them up and avoid the acidic variety such as Oak leaves and you are good to go.

Worms need moisture in order to wriggle their way through the bedding, but they will die if there is too much of a good thing. Your target should be about the same moisture content you would find in a wrung out sponge.

You can keep your tub inside your home so that it is easy to access. If you stick to food scraps that do not give off a putrid odor as they rot there will be no concern about a bad smell coming from your worm compost bins. To make it easier for your friends to gnaw on the food scraps you give them, grind vegetable and fruit peels and leftovers in a food processor first.

When you do add that nourishment to your worm bin, dig a small hole, and bury it in the bedding. Since worms do better beneath the surface this is a good tactic to follow every time. Each feeding should be provided in a different location. The number of worms you have in your worm compost bins will determine the size of the feeding so keep an eye on that and adjust as needed.

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