2. Rest the tub with holes in another tub without holes (to catch any seepage). Drill holes at the top for air.
3. Then, fill ‘er up. I started with a layer of shredded cardboard.
Then a little bit of peat moss (recommended at the class) and some shredded newspaper (not the glossy sections). I wet down the newspaper after it was in the bin (not pictured). The worms need moisture, so make sure you soak the paper or add it.Then some food. At first, I added some shredded lettuce that was past it’s prime and some other odds and ends. You can add almost everything that grows in the ground. I was told to avoid onions, bread and other carbs, egg shells (unless they are crushed) and any meat or dairy.
Then I put the worms in there. They aren’t just any worms – they are red compost worms. I purchased them from a local place that sells them. You can also order them online. They don’t like the light.
Since this didn’t come close to filling it up, we just keep our scraps in this little compost bin that I scored at Salvation Army. Then, we add it to the bin about once a week. When we add food, we also add a layer of wet newspaper or paper to neutralize it. This keeps it from smelling. Sometimes I wet it down if it’s dried out. If any liquid seeps out the bottom, I add it to my plants (compost tea).
It’s pretty non-conspicuous.It’s so simple, I can’t believe we didn’t start sooner. We have definitely been able to save a lot of scraps that would have gone in the garbage. Plus, we are making great fertilizer for our plants – sans chemicals.
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