I put together a little worm composter. I want to build up my garden in the next few years which means I’ve got to build up my soil.
The setup is beyond simple, it’s just some plastic tubs with a few holes drilled for drainage. Supposedly the compost tea that comes seeping out the bottom is a fantastic fertilizer, and the worm castings are great soil additives. Basically I just threw some shredded news paper and damp card board in there with some table scraps. I plan on putting it in the basement in the next few weeks once it gets a little colder. Apparently the worms can survive the winter, but they go dormant and don’t produce anything, so if I put them in the basement perhaps they’ll be a bit more active for me.
I purchased the starter worms online for $12 I think it was. I looked around a little for someone local to get them from but couldn’t find anyone. Apparently I can expect to wait a few months before the worms have multiplied and hopefully, before I know it, I’ll have more than I know what to do with. Which means I can basically just toss them into the garden.
I have an old canoe in the woods behind my parents house that I built in high school. It’s a wood and fiberglass thing I put together my senior year for fun. It’s still functional but it’s seen better days. I’m thinking I may take that, put it behind my garage, drill a drainage hole in the bottom, and use it as a much larger worm composter in the spring.
The soil on my lot could use all the help it can get.
Here’s a video of a guy with a big composter in his back yard. It looks like he used some kind of tub or trough for his bin.