I love composting. Turning kitchen scraps and garden waste into valuable fertilizer for my plants is so best humidifier for babies satisfying. That’s why winter can be such a bummer, because when the mercury drops below 32, my compost piles are stopped dead in their tracks. What is a gardener to do?
One way to keep composting your kitchen scraps through the winter is by worm composting, also known as vermicomposting. You can keep a worm bin indoors and let your little friends do the composting work all winter. A properly set up worm bin has minimal smells and takes up little space. And the finished product is some of the best fertilizer you can get!
Before you build or buy your bin, you might want to get a good idea of how much kitchen waste your house generates. A good rule of thumb is one square foot of worm bin surface area for every half-pound or pound of waste you generate each day.
You could use almost any container that’s the right size. I really like the plastic storage containers you can find at any big box store. They’re cheap and durable. Make sure you drill holes in the bottom of your bin for drainage and ventilation. Put your worm bin someplace with a moderate temperature. Keeping it in an out of the way spot like a basement or heated garage is fine. Place the bin on some kind of tray because liquid will leak out.
Fill your bin with moist bedding. Shredded paper (not the glossy type) is good for this. Newspaper works great as worm bin bedding because there’s plenty of it around. An 8-12 inch layer should be enough.
Time to populate your worm kingdom! I don’t recommend going out and digging up regular old earthworms (night crawlers) from the back yard. Night crawlers feed at night and like to hang out deep underground during the day – they simply don’t like living in a compost bin. Red wriggler worms are the best for composting. Red wigglers work through your compost more quickly and efficiently and don’t mind spending their days in the confines of a compost bin. You can order them online and sometimes bait shops carry them (but better to order online.)
Collect your scraps in a container in your kitchen and feed your worms once or twice a week. Old coffee containers make great scrap containers. Worms will eat most organic materials like fruit and vegetable matter, coffee grounds and filters. Be careful about adding meat scraps as they can lend to foul odors. NEVER add pet waste, which can spread pathogens. Bury your scraps into the bedding in clumps and put the food in a different place each time.Fishing With Worms – How to Use Live Worms As Bait in the Most Effective Manner