Worm Bin

Updated: May 8, 2021

Worm bins are a sustainable way to reduce waste and give back to your garden. It is a little home for worms that uses food scraps in a way that nourishes everyone involved. Food gives life and energy to you, food scraps give to worms, the worms give castings for plants, and plants give back to you!

The worm bin is made of different layers that each serve a purpose. The bottom layer is where the worm castings fall. The middle layers are where composting food, worms, and castings are. The top layer serves to lock in moisture. Over time, the worms will move up the worm bin so that the bottom layer can be removed, flushed, and used as a "tea" for plants. It's best to lay the tea during a full moon where moisture is highest. Below is a link with more description on how to set up and maintain a worm bin:


The most important things I have discovered are:

1) Don't let it get cold. The material will stop decomposing and composting and mold may form. Don't let it get too hot or the worms may die. Get a thermometer and keep it between 60-80° Fahrenheit (16-27° Celsius) for best results.

2) Elderberry decoction is a great way to get rid of mold and unwanted insects

3) Worms don't like citrus! Keep out tomatoes, limes, lemons, and other citrus fruits.

4) Always have significantly more dry/brown material than wet/green material

Happy Vermicomposting!

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