Interested in Worm Composting?

Gillian and Jeff Powell, our shed managers, have written some ideas below:

We are not experts by any stretch of the imagination, but during the past three years, we have discovered the do’s and don’t’s of vermicomposting. To begin with, all you need is:

Food Waste: veggies, fruit, coffee grounds, tea bags, and eggshells

Bedding: newspaper, corn husks etc.

The bins we use are Rubbermaid storage bins (1’5’ x 1’ x 1’) with 1 inch diameter holes in the bottom and near the top lip covered with screening. The holes allow for ventilation and evaporation of excess moisture. We first place a rag at the bottom of the bin, and add a couple cups of moist dirt with some sand. Next, we add a handful of worms, followed by food scraps. We top it all off with a 6 inch fluffy layer of shredded moist newspaper. To add more food, lift up a section of the bedding, add the food, and completely cover it with bedding. When the bedding is nearly gone, quit adding food for a week or two. Then add food to one section of the bin only (covering it with finished worm dirt). The worms will migrate to that part of the bin and you can harvest the finished worm-free compost from the rest of the bin! The finished product is a fresh-smelling, soft “soil” that is great for houseplants or in the garden. This process takes 2 to 3 months. The red wiggler worms are the best type to use. (For further trouble-shooting tips, see our Gardening Tips.)