Worm compost

The worm bin is the biggest "catch all" for scraps. What can't go to the chickens, or into the broth, if it isn't an egg shell or tea/coffee grounds then it goes into a container in my fridge, then down to the worm bin when it is full.

Tea and Coffee also go to A worm bin, but they break down much faster than food scraps so they have their own dedicated bin for quick turnover worm compost. 

Why do we vermicompost? For many reasons! Here are my 5 main ones :) 

1. It takes care of kitchen scraps

2. Does not smell

3. Fresh organic matter or worm compost tea ready and available at all times for your plants

4. Cuts WAY back on waste

5. Really fun science experiment

How do you start? We began our worm compost bin with a stacking tower. I recommend this to any first time worm composter as it is an easy and painless way to ease in. After about 6 months we switched over to our current system and haven't looked back! 

What do we do now? We have a large galvanized tub with a system of adding compost from left to right so we know where to harvest. Food scraps are the food for the worms, but you cannot only add food scraps or the balance of the biome will be WAY off and your bin will be stinky. We purchased a paper shredder to add dry material to the bin which gives junk mail a purpose! It is important to mist the shredded paper with water to keep moist, not soaking. 

Tips to remember:

DONT OVERLOAD! Your worms have to be able to keep up with your scrap load, if you inundate your bin it will smell. 

Add dry material like peat moss or shredded paper

Bury your scraps!