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Worm Compost Bin

Worm compost is the latest rage and making a worm compost bin is easy if you have the time!

worm compostThere are also many brand names on the market which are simple and easy to construct.

We have used Can-O-Worms for 2 years now and are very happy with the product.

I have seen worm compost bins made in plastic crates and old baths.

The Can-O-Worms is particularly versatile for people who have balcony or patio gardens as it does not take up a lot of space.

For anyone with a green conscience having a worm compost bin is also important as it is an easy way to deal with all your kitchen peelings, cardboard, eggs shells, egg boxes and other organic material.

Each brand name item has its own instructions but the rules are basically the same. Take a look at the side margins of this page for some options.

Just as in nature your worms in the worm compost bin will move through layers and ingest and aerate the soil. They also deposit worm casings which are rich in organic matter.


In your wormery you need to provide your little workers with the same environment. Once you have chosen your container make sure you have some sort of drainage system off the bottom of it so that you can drain out your liquid feed.

You will start the layers with a bedding material. This can be shredded soaked cardboard, eggs cartons, newspaper or Bokashi Bran.

Next you place your worms on top of this and then add a layer of kitchen peelings. Cover the kitchen peelings with a few pages of wet newspaper and then close the lid of your container.

You will need to add to your wormery often and in our home we feed our worms a 2.5 litre container of peelings each week which they seem to get through.

After about 3 weeks you can check for worm juice. After a year you should be able to take some great compost out of the wormery. Make sure you take out your worms as red wrigglers will not survive in a normal garden bed.

To help answer your frequently asked questions about worm composting we recommend you visit where you will find a wonderful resource on all things related to this fascinating subject.



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Updated: June 25, 2014 — 7:53 am

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