How is the worm bin built?
In order to make the worms feel in their natural habitat a worm
bin is created mimicking their natural surroundings.
· A large container that has never been exposed to
harmful chemicals such as cleaning supplies is used as the bin.
Multiple wholes are drilled into the large bins for air flow and
· Worms typically live under moist leaves and dirt out
in the natural world. In order to mimic this setting, shreds of
wet newspaper are used as the bedding for the worm bin. Any
newspaper may be used for bedding but never use glossy
newspapers or magazines as the chemicals they contain may harm
· Once the bedding has been set in make sure to
throw in some moist dirt as the worms need it for the composting
· Next, carefully place a fair amount of worms into the
bin. Try placing one pound of worms for every two pounds of food
placed into the bin. Now that the worms are in their new home
you must provide them with some FOOD! Composting worms love
rotting foods. Any leftover foods that have gone to waste
including egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags may be placed
inside the bin for the worms to eat. (Avoid placing meats and
dairy into the bin. It can cause a strong foul odor).
· All that is left to do is place the lid (that contains
airway wholes) on the worm bin and you’re done! ·
Congratulations, after providing the worms with a home (bin),
bedding (newspaper), and food (rotting fruits and vegetables,
eggs shells, coffee grounds & tea bags) you have successfully
created your own worm bin!
Extracting the Soil
Empty out the bin (little by little or by dumping out all the contents)
onto a plastic sheet and separate the worms and food from the soil and take your
soil! Or you can start putting the food on one side of the bin so the worms
migrate there and start going through the empty side for the soil.
Remember to feed your worm bin frequently and maintain the
newspaper moist. Avoid placing the worm bin under direct sunlight as it may
prevent the worm bin from staying moist. Try placing the bin in a cool shady
place. Through the process of vermicompost, composting worms eat away decaying organic
matter such as fruits and vegetables. Once the worms eat and digest the food,
they release it as nutrient rich fertilizer.