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How to make homemade worm bins for Red Wiggler worms a.k.a. Eisenia Foetida
Having composting worms in your care can be one of many great garden activities that you can engage into. Keeping compost worms such as red wiggler worms (also referred to as Eisenia Foetida) can be quite doable even if you don’t have much space at home. So whether you’re an apartment dweller, or just someone who owns a house with no backyard, a worm composter can be just the perfect thing for you. Read furthermore of this article to know how to build and arrange indoor compost bins or outdoor homemade.
Materials needed for making a homemade worm bin
There are several things in your house that can be made into instant worm bins. An old plastic trash can, an old toilet seat, old wooden dresser drawers, and even an old refrigerator can make you a make-shift composter. A lid on these materials is advisable, but should there be none provided, you can always put on a mesh screen to cover the contents of the bin. Moving forward, you can make an easy to assemble worm bin by simply preparing the following materials: a big and opaque-shaded plastic trash bin (worms love to be kept in the dark), a drill, some newspaper shreds and other organic wastes, and of course, your worm factory crawlers.
Drill holes on your worm bin
Start by drilling evenly spaced holes (use a ¼” drill bit) near the top surface and base area of your outdoor or indoor composter. The holes that will be punctured near the topmost part of the composter will serve as air passage holes. When you’re maintaining a worm farm, it’s always advisable to keep the bin well-ventilated. Your compost pals will need oxygen to be able to live and thrive properly. Aside from the ventilation holes, you’ll also need to drill a few more on the bin’s bottom. These holes will then serve as drainage holes. The holes below will be the ones helping drain out the leachate from the bin (it will also help if you provide a collector tray underneath the bin). These holes will help keep your compost contents from getting spoiled, as well as keeping your worms from drowning from the water.
Prepare your worms bedding
You can instantly make a worms bedding by putting old newspapers into your indoor or outdoor composter (it would be best if you are to prepare it into shreds or strips). Also make sure that you dampen the papers (soak the pieces into some water and then squeeze out the excess water). Dampen these materials in a way that won’t create a soaking-wet feel. After this, place your newspaper shreds by the base of your bin; and then make a 3-4 inch pile before adding in other bedding materials. You can consider putting in some soil (this can help with the worms digestion), and even some dry leaves.
Add in your red wiggler worms
The best worm composting investment for gardeners are Red Wiggler worms. The creation of homemade worm bins will not be complete without its occupants – the red wiggler worms! You can determine the number of worms that you will be putting into the bin as soon as you settle on the amount of wastes that you plan to have composted on a regular basis (1 pound of food wastes can be made equivalent to 2 pounds of worms – that’s 1,000 worms!). As soon as you’re done with your set-up, have your worm bin placed in a location where there’s room temperature (you can also put it in your kitchen as a kitchen composter).