Worms

Last summer we bought a worm bin and have been adding kitchen scraps to it on and off. We keep the bin in our basement, and it has produced a tray of dark, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich soil. I think it is amazing that we could plop a couple thousand redworms into some coconut fibers, add the bits we cut off beans and broccoli and other scraps, and wind up with this glorious material!

Below is a picture of the former vegetable waste, with some eggshells mixed in. We should probably crush our eggshells more before adding them, but I don’t mind seeing them in there.  I wish you could smell through the computer screen—this stuff smells like great potting soil!

Our bin is round and less than two feet in diameter. Still, it wouldn’t really fit in the kitchen, and it isn’t very pretty. True to the blurbs in catalogs, it doesn’t smell bad and doesn’t breed flies. We got it in part because going down to the basement is easier than going out to the compost pile in the back yard, especially in winter or in pouring rain. Also, there are poison ivy plants near our backyard bin (they weren’t there when I first constructed the bin, or I wouldn’t have put it where it is) and I do not want any poison ivy on me, thank you very much.

I highly recommend having a worm bin if you don’t have room for a compost pile. We take out our garbage only once a week most weeks, though our neighborhood has two collection days every week. We’re looking forward to adding the castings to our potted plants (I have to do a bunch of repotting this summer) and we’ll continue watering our plants sometimes with the liquid “tea” that collects at the bottom of our bin (there is a handy tap for getting that liquid out). When we get a whole tray full of castings, we can mix it into the soil in the rose bed. Also, I can sell you some bait if you want to go fishing!

2 Responses to “Worms”

  1. little sister Says:

    that looks excellent! did you have to turn the pile, or do the red worms do all the work for you? I’m bad about aerating my compost bins out back.

  2. teawithbuzz Says:

    The worms do all the work!

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