April 21, 2020

Island Grown at Home: Week 4

Starting a Worm Bin

It's easier than you'd think to create your own worm bin and start turning food scraps into compost for your garden! Join Brandee in this week's video to learn more.

How to Start a Worm Bin:

Materials: A plastic container with a lid (a large tupperware container is ideal, but you can also use a large yogurt container, or a plastic clamshell from salad greens or berries), potting soil, newspaper/cardboard/egg cartons, food scraps, and red wiggler worms

Worms like to eat cardboard, newspaper, egg shells, apple cores, coffee grounds, banana peels, and lettuce.

They don't like meat, dairy, bread, oil, or citrus

1.    Drill holes in your worm bin if you haven’t already
2.    Sprinkle 2-3 handfuls of potting soil in your worm bin
3.    Rip up your newspaper into one inch strips, and sprinkle with water so it’s damp but not soaking wet. Spread it out in the worm bin
4.    Sprinkle 1-2 more handfuls of soil on top on the newspaper
5.    Add worms, and place a damp sheet of newspaper on top
6.    Add food scraps once a week. Each worm can eat 3 times its body weight in a week!
7.    To remove compost- push all the contents of the worm bin to one side. Only put new food and paper in the empty side. Over the course of about two weeks, the worms will move over to the empty side, leaving the full side free for compost to be removed


This week, try writing Worm Stories!

More Resources

Check out the MV Community Seed Library

Regenerative Gardening Practices to Try at Home

Watch Worms are Wonderful on YouTube

Recipe of the Week- Celebrate Salad Greens!