Helpful Guide to Making Your Own Compost Bin
Have you ever heard of vermicomposting, or simply known as composting with worms? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to get rid of your organic wastes.
The Red Wiggler Supply is here to help you out! Start composting with worms today and see the benefits of helping out Mother Earth in creating a world with less waste and providing abundant soil for plants.
What Is Worm Composting?
To put it simply, it is using worms to recycle food waste. Instead of throwing them out with the rest of the trash, you can get worms to eat food scraps and organic items to turn it into vermicompost (worm compost).
Worm compost can be used to improve and condition the soil for planting. It is rich in nutrients and a natural fertilizer great for growing any kind of plant. Worms are an essential part of nature’s ecosystem, and seeing their important role in keeping the ground abundant and ready for plant growth is the aim of worm composting.
This organic garbage disposal, if set up the right way, is odour-free. Read below on the two important steps to make your own compost bin.
What Type of Worms Do I Need to Get?
Don’t start digging and just pulling out worms you can find in your yard or any place outside. There are over 5,000 species of worms out there, and there’s one that’s best used for composting – the Red Wigglers or redworms. Redworms are also known as manure worms.
You can buy these worms online or in your local market. So, the next question is – how much should you get? It is recommended by vermicompost experts that for every pound of daily food waste, you should have about 2,000 redworms to eat it.
Having the right amount of worms, especially in indoor compost bins that have limited capacity, is the most important thing to consider to prevent it from producing foul odours.
Where Do I Need to Put Them?
It is necessary that you find an adequate compost bin for your worms. Provide them with the right amount of bedding. The type of beddings you should use are:
- Any types of leaves
- Egg cartons
- Shredded plain cardboard
- Shredded plain paper with no print ink (it is toxic to worms)
If you’re planning to put your bin inside the house, avoid using hay and leaves. It may attract unwanted insects and creatures. A plastic storage bin is great for indoors and wood boxes for outdoor use. Drill holes into them to have proper ventilation and drainage. Make sure that they have lids. Darkness is needed in worm composting. Then, do these next steps.
- Place the bedding first.
- Next, add a good amount of garden soil.
- Then, pour in some water. Check that it’s not too wet or too dry.
- The last step is to put in your worms, and you’re done.
Check out the rest of the site for the complete guide on worm composting.