~Vermi Composting or Worm Composting can be done indoors – under your sink or in your garage.
~Vermi Compost is the best quality compost that you can make.
~Compost Tea – made by soaking vermi compost in water, then draining out the solids is an excellent form of fertilizer for plants.
What you need to start a Worm Box:
A plastic, nonopaque tub – worms don’t like light – for a family of three, we use a 2′ x 1.5′ x 9″ deep tub. (We consume a lot of fruits & vegetables…so this size just barely handles the amount of fruit & vegetable waste we produce.)
Place a small container of Red Wiggler worms (purchase these anywhere where fishing bait is sold) at the bottom of the container.
Fill about 50% of the container with shredded newspaper – about 1″ strips – wet in sink, thoroughly wring out excess water, then separate and fluff.
You want your worm bit to stay moist – not too dry and not too wet. A well managed worm box will have a pleasant earthy smell.
*** Make sure that the lid on the worm bin lets air in – keep it covered but not sealed. If you tightly seal the worm bin – the environment will become too wet – septic ( it will stink)…then all of your worms will attempt to escape. If you see liquid accumulating on the bottom of the bin, open the lid for more air circulation and / or add dry shredded paper.
Start feeding your worms!
Start a worm compost container (sealed plastic bucket) – fill it with fruit and vegetable waste. Once the container is full, dig a hole in in the paper of your worm bin, fill it with food waste then cover it with paper. By covering the bio-matter – there should be no smell. Each time you add food waste to your worm bin, bury it in a different place.
Another alternative is to place your food waste into a paper bag as you are preparing your meal. When you have finished, roll up the bag (no additional liquid is necessary) then place it in your worm bin (on top of the paper is fine…don’t need to dig holes). With this alternative, you won’t have a smelly compost collection container and you’ll check on your worms more regularly.
The worms will reproduce in order to consume the amount of food that you feed them. When they have consumed all of the paper bedding and food – your worm bill will look like it is filled with dirt.
To harvest vermi compost – dig out half of the compost – fill in the space with fresh paper bedding…and keep on composting!