Long time lurker, first post...
Please let me know if I do something wrong (or right!). I'm not sure that this is the right place to put this, but it seemed the closest. If it should go somewhere else let me know.
Being an environmentally conscious (if not perfectly environmentally responsible-I drive when I don't absolutely need to and dry my clothes with an electric dryer in the middle of summer, among other things) type, I hate throwing away kitchen scraps. I also have a great container garden on my patio that could use some fertilizer, but the organic stuff is quite expensive.
However, our yard is xeriscaped, so we don't really need, or have room for, a compost heap.
I decided that vermicomposting (vermi=worms) was the way to go. After doing some research I decided that I didn't need to spend $130+ on a commercial worm bin, and that, being a crafty type, I could make one myself.
I made use of this great tutorial and my boyfriend's tools:http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/Easywormbin.htm
Without further adieu, here are some pics of the making of the worm bin.
This morning I said to myself, self, where does one buy red wigglers?
Why, at the local garden store, of course! Rick's nursery.
Here they are (well, their container anyway...)
The beginning of the project, with some of the supplies laid out:
We added a petcock (spigot) in the bottom container to drain out the "worm tea", or liquid that results from the composting process. it's really good for your plants!
Me drilling holes in the bottom of one of the containers--I can use power tools!
I also drilled tiny holes in the sides and lid for ventilation:
Then I shredded newspaper and soaked it in water to make bedding for the worms:
Then I added the worms (with some dirt-it helps them digest their food):
And here it is, in its (almost) finished state, ready to compost our food! My boyfriend is going to build a frame for it so that it sits up off the floor...
Thanks for looking!