Vermicomposting is the process of decomposing materials in a controlled environment where earthworms AKA "Redwigglers" do most of the work instead of the bacteria.
BVSWMA brings you step by step instructions on how to build your own worm compost bin.
Building a Worm Bin
Buy two plastic containers like the one in the picture on the left.
Take one bin and drill small holes in the bottom and in the lid.
The holes in the top lid will allow the worms to get air and the holes in the bottom of the bin will allow the moisture to drip into the 2nd bin.
Bedding for the Bin
This is the fun part, so make sure you have lots of newspapers. Tear the newspapers into 1 inch strips. This is going to be used as the worm bedding. Put all the torn strips of newspapers in the bin with holes. Water the bedding with a watering can or a spray bottle to give it moisture. It should feel like a damp, wrung-out sponge.
Adding the Worms
Add a hand full of red wigglers (red worms).
They will find their way to the bottom of the pile since they are sensitive to light.
Adding Food/Vegetable Scraps
Dig a hole and add vegetable and/or food scraps to one corner of the bin then cover with bedding. The worms will find their way to the food scraps.
When Will It Be Ready?
Expect finished compost in about 3 months.
Harvesting the Compost
Empty the bin on a table covered in plastic and separate the worms from the compost. The same worms can be used again for your next compost bin.
What can I do with my Finished Compost?
Use as a mulch, mix it into potted plants or use in vegetable and flower beds.
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