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How to Create a Worm Compost Garden

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Compost Gardening With Worms

Worms can help you transform your discarded kitchen scraps into nutritious humus that will help your garden plants to thrive. Setting up little worm composting bins is easy enough to make for a fun family project. You can even keep the bin indoors during the cold winter months to make it easier to stick with composting.

Compost gardening with worms is called vermicomposting.

To get started, you need a large or small garden container of some sort, like a large plastic storage box, bedding, and worms. And of course, to keep the worms alive so they can work their magic you will need water and table scraps.

  • To figure out what size container you need you can weigh the food scraps you throw out in a typical week.
  • For every pound you discard, allow one square foot in surface area measurement.
  • Keep the container less than a foot deep since the worms will feed from the top.
  • You can even use several small containers rather than one large one so your compost is easier to move around.

Keep in mind that the container needs to be able to drain away excess water and provide air circulation so the worms can breathe.

You can easily accomplish that by drilling holes in the bottom for drainage and near the top for air. Just keep the holes small enough that the worms can't escape through them.

  • Fill your compost bin 2/3 to the top with fluffed up bedding.
  • The bedding can be made from shredded corrugated cardboard, shredded paper, or store-bought worm bedding.
  • It should be soaked for several hours until becomes saturated with water.
  • Squeeze out excess water then place it in the bin and fluff it up.
  • The bedding should be kept moist at all times.

Redworms are the best worms for compost gardening.

This does not have to be hard, your experience will be fun and have easy compost gardening with compost bins and the tips given here, trust me.

  • Allow one pound of worms for every half pound of food scraps.
  • You can order redworms online or buy them from a bait shop.
  • Feed your worms kitchen scraps.
  • Start slowly so you don't overload the bin with food that will rot before it gets eaten.
  • It is safe to feed worms fruits and vegetables, pasta, crumbled egg shells, and coffee grounds. It is best to avoid feeding them meat and other fatty scraps.

After three to four months, the worms will have digested the scraps and bedding and left you with nutrient rich compost you can transfer to your garden.

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