Worm Composting—Another way to compost
Worm composting can be done indoors in a cool basement. Also known as vermicomposting, it involves keeping a specialty worm known as the red wiggler in a worm bin with cool moist bedding. There are many different kinds of bedding:
- Shredded newspaper- most popular
- Torn up & soaked cardboard-I also use this
- Coconut Coir
- Peat Moss
- Shredded leaves
Worms eat kitchen scraps & turn them into compost
The worms will eat your kitchen scraps which you bury in the bedding. The truth is that worms have their likes and dislikes in the kitchen scrap department. And you might think they will eat all your kitchen scraps from the advertising on the internet. You have to be careful here not to feed them too much. Or you will end up with a stinky mess and lots of fruit flies. That is what happened to me the first time I tried making a worm bin composter a few years ago.
Start slowly with small amounts of kitchen scraps
I always recommend starting slowly with small amounts of food when you start your worm bin. Then you see how it goes—how fast the worms eat what you feed them. You can always feed more scraps later, it is much harder to undo the damage of too much food. The good thing about red wigglers is that they are very easy going. They will not starve because they will actually also eat the bedding.
It takes 3-4 months for the worms to create worm compost
After 3-4 months you will have a nice batch of dark, worm compost to put into your houseplants or your garden. It is a win-win situation. You save your food scraps from the land-fill and you end up with great fertilizer! This is also a great activity for teaching kids about composting and saving the earth and can be used for a very interesting science fair project.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a worm bin
You can get started with a small investment in a Rubbermaid or Sterlite plastic storage container to make a cheap worm bin. On the internet you will see all kinds of ads for specialty worm bins, for example, the Worm Factory or the Can o Worms. The simple fact is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a specialty worm bin.
Explore this Gardening Worm Composting blog for lots of good advice and instruction on worm bin composting. Get started by clicking on the links above. Good luck on getting started with your worm bin!