Our Summer Garden & DIY Worm Compost Bin

This weekend we finally planted our garden!

We decided to start small since this is the first time we have done this as adults and because I have a pretty bad rap sheet of bringing plants home to live the rest of their days coming to a slow death.

Hopefully, this garden will finally prove I can keep something alive! We planted things we love to eat during the summer:

  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Mesclun Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Peter Pan Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Italian Parsley
  • Rosemary

Since we’re attempting to do this whole gardening thing right and frugally, we also started a worm composting bin to feed our plants. We found an awesome couple here in OC who go through 50 pounds of organic produce per week feeding their own worms (that’s a lot of worms) and have an amazing garden complete with one huge chicken coop that Sadie went bananas for!

We considered doing a regular type of compost sans worms, but after researching, found that the worm way will yield a nutrient dense fertilizer in a much shorter time than the traditional composting method.

If you’re interested in creating your own composting bin like we did, here’s how to make your own.

Materials:

  • 2 bins, one with a lid
  • 2 bricks
  • window screening
  • newspaper and cardboard
  • red wiggler worms (1,000 worms=1 pound)
  • food scraps

Drill holes on the sides, lid, and bottom of one of the bins for the worms to breath and for air to help break down your materials.

Cut the window screening large enough to cover the holes on the sides of the bin so they can’t escape and lay it down in the bin.

Next, cut up newspaper into 1 inch strands, wet and ring them out. Place the newspaper bedding on top of the window screening in the bin.

Now get your lovely, new members of your family and place them on top of their newspaper bedding. Ahhh….so cozy, yet so hungry. I think I’ll eat my bed tonight.

Then place some food scraps and more newspaper on top.

Place your two bricks inside the bottom of your second bin (the one with no holes drilled in it). Place your worm bin on top of the bricks.

As far as food scraps go, those worms love fruits and veggies you don’t eat as well as eggshells, banana peels, tea bags, watermelon & cantaloupe rinds and leftover corn cobs. NO citrus or breads, etc. We’ll be keeping our cut up scraps in this bin in the kitchen until we take it out to the worms about once a week.

If you want a great video on how to make your own bin, check out the one we used as a reference:

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4 thoughts on “Our Summer Garden & DIY Worm Compost Bin

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  2. Do you know of any worm farming seminars available soon? I really want to know more about composting. Where and when please? Thanks a lot! – HaleyDo you know of any worm farming seminars available soon? I really want to know more about composting. Where and when please? Thanks a lot! – Haley

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