Getting Worms

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We have a worm bin in our basement.  Worms are very easy to keep.  Getting started is a simple process.  We just give them our coffee grounds (filter and all) as well as some occasional crushed eggshells and they thrive.  A worm bin can easily be maintained in an apartment and is a excellent way to produce compost and plant food.

Here’s a link to the simple instructions we used to set ours up: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/easywormbin.htm

We bought the worms from a nearby source we found online and they mailed them to us. A better way would be to put a request up on some place like craigslist, to find a local source that would provide them for free.  All you need is a handful.  Nature will take over from there.

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The castings from a worm bin are awesome fertilizer.  Just take a little and add it to the hole when planting transplants.  “Worm tea” can be made easily, by pouring water into the worm bin, then collecting what drains out the bottom.  Dilute that with water and spray it on seedlings to boost their growth naturally.

The worms can also be used as fishing bait, of course.

Worms don’t like light so they will have no interest in trying to escape.  They are odorless, so that’s not an issue either.

Adding a worm bin is a simple and easy way to take a step toward a more sustainable life.

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13 comments on “Getting Worms

  1. jubilare says:

    I need more worms in my garden. I’m tying to improve the soil enough that they like it there. My household is so small that the compost pile grows slowly, but I am going leaf-hunting in the neighborhood this autumn.

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    • Bill says:

      There is nothing better for a garden than worms. Unfortunately farming as we do involves a lot of tilling, which is not healthy for them. But when we started farming here there were no worms to be found. Decades of intensive conventional ag had done them in. They thrive here now. In time I’m sure you’ll have plenty.

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  2. I want one for my kitchen 🙂

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  3. Brilliant. I need to show this to my hubby. He has often spoken about a worm farm. This seems to much easier.
    🙂 Mandy

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    • Bill says:

      It really is a simple design and it works great. If I ever find an old chest freezer I’m going to turn it into an outdoor worm bin. I know a couple of farmers who use them.

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  4. El Guapo says:

    Plus little boys can use them to scare the tar out of little girls!
    (And little girls can use them to get acclimated so they can put them down little boys shirts!)

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  5. Fox says:

    How fitting! The kids found a worm just the other day. I was contemplating starting a worm bin to take with us when we move, then just sending the kids out to collect worms. I’d want to start slow until the kids could find enough worms. I’m just not sure my father-in-law would go for it. Of course, if we put it all behind the house he’d probably never know.

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    • Bill says:

      I should have mentioned that it’s possible to stock the bin with worms you find yourself. You could definitely keep the bin outside. I’m not sure how they’d handle really cold weather but they’d probably be OK.

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      • Fox says:

        Thankfully Texas doesn’t tend to get too cold. We’re hoping to be in our own place by then, maybe do a kitchen worm bin in our own place since it would be so much easier. I’ll have to do some research. Thanks for inspiring us!

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