Vermiculture

One of my projects last weekend was to set up a worm bin for composting our food waste. Seattle has a great program for composting yard and food waste – but why should we pay to have it hauled off, pay again to buy the finished compost, and then shlepp home the heavy sacks? It doesn’t make sense! Instead, we can produce the compost on site, for free. Plus we know exactly what goes into the compost. 
I expect this to be a learning process, so I started off with the simplest, cheapest bin: a plastic storage bin. I poked the necessary ventilation holes into it with a soldering iron (much easier and cleaner than drilling). Initial bedding is leaves and shredded paper. I am eagerly awaiting the first batch of worms and seeing them set to work producing wonderful compost.
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