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Our Pet Worms February 7, 2009

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One of the things that we haven’t written a whole lot about is our worm bin.  Wanting to reduce our overall waste, we went to a composting workshop put on by LA County (smartgardening.com).  If you live in LA county, you should go to one of these workshops.  They sell composting bins (vermi- and conventional) at a subsidized rate ($40 for composting, $65 for vermicomposting) which is a better price than I’ve seen anywhere.

To the business of worms:

Vermicomposting requires red worms, which can be found at most bait shops.

Vermicomposting requires red worms, which can be found at most bait shops.

you start out by putting the worms in some kind of bedding, anything from shredded newspaper to coconut coir (pronounced “core”, the fibers between the husk and the shell of the coconut).  You then add ay kind of vegetable waste you want, and the worms do their thing.  They eat the food, digest it, and poop out the waste.  Soon, your bin will look like this:

It doesn't stink at all, trust me.

Note the egg shells and other food bits that are in our worm bin.

Note the egg shells and other food bits that are in our worm bin.

The worm poop (“castings”) is super high in nitrogen, which is what you really want in a good fertilizer for your garden.  Another byproduct of the worms is “worm juice”, or worm pee.  This is also super high in nitrogen.  When you harvest this worm juice, you dilute it 20:1 with regular water.

We’ve found that the worm bin, while producing fertilizer and worm juice, has helped us tremendously in our efforts to reduce the amount of waste we produce.  On a weekly basis, we only put one full bag of trash out.  Between recycling and composting, we’ve managed to cut our waste down quite a lot.

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2 Responses to “Our Pet Worms”

  1. pauline Says:

    how many worms do you need to get started?

  2. gnowetan Says:

    we started with a bag that the county sold us… we don’t know quite how many worms that was, but it was about 1 pound. They can be bought commercially from a number of websites, just google “vermicomposting”.


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