WORKING WITH WORMS

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new worm binSo, you think you want to start an indoor worm bin, great idea.  Many people are interested in vermicomposting but hesitate at the thought of more housework and maintenance.  Keeping a bin full of worms inside does present some unique challenges, but keeping all that kitchen waste out of the landfill is well worth the effort.  An indoor Red Worm composting bin can be as complex or simple as you choose to make it.  The principles remain the same.  You can expect the same time commitment as you would if caring for tropical fish.  An aquarium is a good comparison to a worm bin; both require constant temperature, periodic feeding and cleaning.  You will have to at least look at worms even if you won’t touch them, so if you’re really squeamish in the squiggly department, you may need to enlist a helper.  In keeping with the vermicomposting “rule of thumb” (1 square foot of composting surface area to 1 lb of worms to 1 Litre of food per week) you should check your bins for food and moisture content every 2-3 days.  Some types of food is consumed faster than others.  About twice a month you will need to replace bedding.  As your bin matures it will need periodic harvesting.  Every 3 or 4 months you should remove compleated vermicompost (worm castings) and do a worm count.  Play your cards right and in half a year, you may be able to start a new bin with extra worms or make a fellow worm lover happy with a gift.

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