Our two worm composting bins are going strong. We started the first worm bin about May 2009 and collected some fantastic fertilizer from it this past weekend.
Megan pulled the bins apart to get to the worm juice, one of natural fertilizers.
We use the Wriggly Wranch Worm Bins which is a three tiered system. If you live in Alameda County, you can get them cheap…if not the link still has good details on this product, and we picked up our starter red worms from Sloat Gardens. The skinny on how Vermicomposting works. You start with one bin adding bedding and a batch of Red Wiggler worms. Keep feeding the worms scraps until that bottom bin fills up with compost and worm castings. Next stack another bin on top of the current one, then start feeding the worms there (e.g. always feed at the top bin). Do not worry…those worms will migrate from the bottom bin(s) to the top one to find the food scraps.
What they leave behind is some great compost and liquid fertilizer. You can harvest the liquid from the bottom bin and dilute it in water. Now the solution is ready to use in your garden or indoor plants. Also, the compost can be used as a soil amendment, or mix some of it in a jug of water to make compost tea which can be used as a liquid fertilizer.
After collecting the goods, Megan put in a fresh layer of damp newspaper and some more food scraps to continue the process.
Okay, time for a little palette cleanser. Max, the happy Border Collie, loves it when we poke around in the worm bin. Or just happy to be outside on a gorgeous day.
– Matti Far Out Flora