So this weekends project was simple and took less then a hour but hopefully will provide lots of wonderful compost over the years!
A wonderful worm bin! It seems funny that one would welcome worms into their home but we did that gladly!
Here is what you need to build your own!
~Power drill or a sharp nail and a hammer
~Rectangular plastic storage bin with a lid, any size
~Newspaper and cardboard
~2 cups ordinary soil, any type
~Red worms (Lubricous rubellas) or compost worms (Eugenia fetid)
Using the drill or the sharp nail and a hammer (the latter is much more difficult — use a drill if you can), create two rows of ventilation holes around the top edge of the bin, starting beneath the lid. Space the holes about 3 or 4 inches apart. The exact size of the holes doesn’t matter much, but they should be 1/4 inch or less in diameter. To make sure the bin doesn’t leak and can be kept anywhere, don’t put any holes in the bottom of the container. Lack of bottom drainage means you’ll have to be vigilant to make sure the contents don’t get too soggy, because there’s nowhere for water to go.
Possible Worm Problems:
~ It may be that they are not getting enough food, which means you should bury more food into the bedding.
~ They may be too dry, in which case you should moisten the box until it is slightly damp.
~ They may be too wet, in which case you should add bedding.
~ The worms may be too hot, in which case you should put the bin in the shade.
~ The bedding is eaten, and it is time to add fresh bedding.
~ First, it may be that there is not enough air circulation. In this case, add dry bedding under and over the worms, and do not feed them for two weeks.
~ Second, there may be non-compostables in the bin DO NOT feed your worms meat, dairy, grains (bread, ceral, etc), greasy, or processed foods
~ Third, there may be exposed food in the bin. Make sure you bury all food under the bedding!
Keep a watch on your bin! You'll start to notice (hopefully) that the bedding and food scrapes are disappearing! YAY! Once most of the bedding and food is devoured you can start harvesting your worm gold!
Move your finished compost to one side of the bin, place new bedding and some food scrapes in the newly empty side, close and leave for a few days, most of the worms will have migrated to the new bedding side allowing you to scoop up your new fertilizer! Make sure to keep a watch for lagger worms so you can pick those out and put them back into your box!
Making Worm Tea:
What You Need:
~ 2 cups of finished worm compost
~ A 5 gallon Bucket
~ Old Pantyhose
~ Rain Water (or Tap)
~ 1 Tablespoon Molasses
~ Bubbler (the kind they use to keep bait alive in the bucket)
What to do?
~ Fill bucket 3/4 with rain water (or tap)
~ If your use tap water let your water stand overnight if using rain water proceed
~ Add your 2 cups of worm compost into old pantyhose foot, tie off at the top
~ Add bag of compost to your bucket
~ Add molasses
~ Turn on your water bubbler and let bubble for 24 hours
~ Your done now go give your plants a treat!