Setting Up a Worm Composting Bin
Description: Detailed instructions for setting up a 'deluxe' Rubbermaid worm composting bin.
First, collect as much "browns and greens" as you can!
"Browns" are dry materials like wood chips, dried leaves, grass and other plants. World Centric's products fall in this category. It works even better when you shred the items into smaller pieces and soak it with water!
"Greens" are fresh, moist materials like fresh grass cuttings and food scraps (don't put meats, fats or grease in there, or you'll attract pests!).
- Secondly, put an approximately equal amount of browns and greens into a heap or a bin. If you want to to ensure that your pile does not smell, go ahead and add more browns (1 part green, 2 parts brown). Remember to cover your food scraps with other materials!
- Third, soak the pile with water! Try not to over-soak it. It should be as damp as a wrung-out sponge, but no more!
- Wait a week, then soak, turn and stir the pile.
- Keep adding, soaking and stirring! Your compost should be ready in 3-6 months!
Turn the pile and add some browns!
Pile too dry?
Spray some water, add in some greens and mix!
Stir and add leaves or grass!
Insects, raccoons, rats?
This means that there might be some meat or fatty food scraps in your pile! First, try to remove the meats, fats and/or grease. If this is not possible, cover the pile with a heavy layer of soil, leaves or sawdust or use an animal-proof compost bin!
Harmonious Technologies. Backyard Composting. Sebastopol: Harmonious Press, 1992.