Got Your Worms Before Your Worm Bin?

Got Your Worms Before Your Worm Bin Arrived?

Have you ordered red wigglers and they arrived before your worm bin arrived?  Don’t freak out because worms are very easy to care for. There are a lot of recommendations on the internet that you should set up your worm bin before you order your worms.  Though this is good advice, it is not absolutely necessary.  Worms are very laid back creatures as long as their environment is friendly.

I Use Shredded Newspaper as Worm Bedding

I like to use shredded newspaper for worm bedding.  It is free and plentiful.  I don’t use the glossy sections.  Though I have found that some newspapers shred very easily and others don’t.  The newspaper has to be moistened so that it is damp but not so wet that you can squeeze water out of it.  I use a spritzer bottle for this.

Any Plastic Container Will Work to Make a Temporary Bin

I use Rubbermaid or Sterlite containers for worm bins.  They work out very well.  Some of them don’t even have drainage holes in them.  I never snap on the lid and often leave a little space for air to circulate.  If the bin looks too wet, I leave the top off for a few hours.  If you leave the light on the worms will stay put in the bin.  There are ways to have a free worm composting bin.  So if your worms arrive first:

  1. Shred up lots of newspaper
  2. Moisten it with water from a spritzer bottle
  3. Use any container as a temporary bin
  4. Put the worms in temporarily
  5. Cover them with a few sheets of moistened newspaper
  6. Cover the bin with some type of cover
  7. Bury some food scraps in the newspaper
  8. Just start with a little bit of food
  9. See What do Worms Eat

Then when your worm bin arrives, just dump the contents of your temporary bin in and you are ready to go!