Worm Farm

Originally I didn’t want to publish this here because it uses larger 18-gallon bins, but under my new definition of bucket it’s allowed in.

plastic worm bin

I built my worm farm last winter and stocked it with red worms from our backyard compost bin. It was a successful project, and a great experience, so I’ll probably build another one in my new place soon.

I fed it a very rich food scraps diet for a month or two, then neglected it for four months. When I harvested it, the worms were still alive and happy and the compost they lived in was the richest, sweetest smelling compost I ever laid my nostrils on (and I’ve handled a lot of compost.)

The three-bin worm farm I built is much easier to maintain than a one-bin systems. You can see the full tutorial on DIYwormbin.com

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3 thoughts on “Worm Farm

  1. Jimmy Carter’s cousin Hugh raised crickets and worms down in Georgia to sell for bait. He died in 1999 but his ad appeared in Organic Gardening for many years.

  2. I built one like it too and it worked very well till fresh compost was added which heated up naturally to about 105F. There were other bins to move to which had cooler soil but the worms decided to move out by the thousands (I stocked it with 5,000 red wigglers) up and over the sides between the tubs. How do you prevent your worms from doing that?

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