Are you looking for a fun way to turn your garbage into gardener's gold? Do you want a pet that doesn't bark, scratch or need a sitter while you're away? Worm composting may be just the thing. Metro Natural Gardening Expert Carl Grimm showed us how to set up a worm bin and use the compost as an all-organic fertilizer:
It's as easy as 1-2-3-4!
Get some worms from a compost pile or nursery.
Don't use regular earthworms or nightcrawlers - they won't like living in a bin.
Set up your bin - a plastic or wooden box.
Build or buy a bin that's rodent resistant, with a lid, floor and no holes bigger than a 1/4 inch. Make sure there are some holes for ventilation.
Put your bin where it won't freeze or overheat. That means in the garage or the basement for winter.
Use bedding in the bin: shredded, moistened newspaper with a handful of soil works great. Fall leaves or coconut coir also work well.
Feed and maintain your bin - it's not rocket science.
Fruits, veggies, coffee, tea and eggshells are all good. Meat, dairy, fats, grains and breads may attract flies or rodents.
Maintain moisture damp as a wrung-out sponge. This keeps things smelling sweet and earthy.
Harvest and use your worm compost as an organic fertilizer when it looks like dirt.
Worm compost helps your plants thrive without polluting fertilizers or toxic pesticides.
Want more info about worm composting? Ask Metro at 503-234-3000 or oregonmetro.gov/compost.