Vermicomposting

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.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted October 29, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I can affirm that compost tea is EXCELLENT for plants. You’ll have quite the garden in no time.

  2. lurker
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    no disrespect but you have a yard. why put your worms in prison when you can make a huge compost heap with leaves and kitchen scraps right on the ground and let your worm wriggle free??? I thought those worm bins were for city folks without “vast tracts of land”…

  3. alapolo
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Hi, I just took up reading this blog again, and it’s funny how my mind has been read. I’m just in the process of researching the starting of a vermicompost, but I’m finding slight challenges in the climate, as I live in Norway.

    Are the winters roundabout your place as harsh? I’m also slightly skeptical to having the worms indoors, but done well I suppose it’d work. Anyway, looking forward to hearing how it goes with the wiggly ones!

  4. lurker
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    taking care of worms can be done but you are correct it must be done right or can get toxic for the worms and smelly and nasty for you…I like my worms in my garden but I am lucky enough to have an outdoor space and winters that are not that harsh…so my worms are free to work for me and my garden in the great outdoors and my plants and I most definitely benefit…I love worms!

  5. Posted November 9, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    @headed home Good to hear!

    @lurker Hopefully these guys will multiply quickly enough that I can pull bunches of them out on a regular basis and spread them around the garden. The bin is sort of like the mother culture. Hopefully in a few years that yard will be full of rich soil so I won’t need to breed anymore worms. But in the meantime composting in a bin also gives me access to concentrated castings for my container plants and fertilizing.

    @alapolo I’m not sure who has the harsher winter but I’m betting it’s you. We generally have overnight frosts from October until May.

  6. lurker
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    sounds like a good plan per usual. happy worming.