Google+ Organic Gardens Network™: Vermicomposting: How To Build Your Own Indoor Worm Bin

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Vermicomposting: How To Build Your Own Indoor Worm Bin

By Beth Huxtra
No room for an outdoor compost pile? Bring the process indoors and let worms do the work for you. 

Common kitchen waste, including papery onion and garlic skins, carrot tops, and coffee grounds, can be composted year-round in an indoor worm bin.

A worm bin fits discreetly into a closet, garage, or pantry, making composting quick and convenient, especially for small-space gardeners and apartment-dwellers. Turning food scraps into compost, instead of sending them down the garbage disposal or to the curb, reduces the amount of organic material that ends up in local waste water treatment plants and landfills.

The process is known as vermicomposting, and it requires a specific type of worm. Unlike regular garden earthworms, which burrow in the soil, red wiggler worms (Eisenia foetida) act as nature’s recyclers, living on or near the surface, where they help decompose organic matter. This habit makes them ideal candidates for living in an enclosed worm bin.

Read the rest of the story HERE over at Organic Gardening. Be sure to watch the video too, which shows you step-by-step exactly how to set up your indoor vermicomposing bin and tells you where to get your worms.

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