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Composting with worms!

15 February 2012

Composting with worms, or vermiculture, is a great way to compost indoors if you don’t have a yard for a compost bin. It might sound a little gross but vermiculture is not really that dirty AND if properly maintained it doesn’t smell! It has great benefits such as reducing your household waste and producing high quality organic material for your garden. Yay! I would also like to note that this is a great family activity if you want to get the kids involved since they will probably get pretty excited about their very own worm farm.

  • Get a box/ bin about 4 cubic feet. If it is plastic poke small holes for ventilation especially if you need to add a top because you have animals. Otherwise wood box is great because it has natural ventilation.
  • Moisten shredded leaves and or newspaper for bedding and place in the bottom of your bin. If you want you can also mix in some moist soil.
  • Place your red worms into the bin and place some leftover food scraps- they will start working for you immediately.
  • After 4 to 6 months there should be a good amount of compost material will have accumulated and can be removed for your plants and yard.

Not too complicated and pretty cool to see nature at work! Below are a couple good guides to give you more details on vermiculture that I advise you look over before starting your own bin. Go reduce waste, have fun and get a little dirty! And don’t forget to add it to your Energy Challenge!

Eureka Recycling

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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