Vermicomposting and Vermiculture: Worms, Bins and How To Get Started

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Ed. note: This is the fourth post in the Green Basics series of posts that TreeHugger is writing to provide basic information about important ideas, materials and technologies for new greenies (or those who just need a quick refresher).

Lucero De La Tierra‘s insight:

This may sound disgusting, but you can even start with a small vermicomposter indoors.  Yes, I said it, INDOORS.  It doesn’t take long or even many resources but you can build a small vermicomposting ‘condo’ that easily fits into your cabinets under your sink or in your laundry room.  Preferrably keep it out of where it could get knocked over.  I used empty plastic tubs that were for lunch meat that I’d purchased at Sam’s.  Instead of sending the plastic containers to the landfill I decided to create a three story ‘wormie condo’ that fits inconspicuously under my sink.  As long as I don’t put onions or citrus in the mix and make sure the substrate stays evenly moist I won’t have any escapees.  This is a great way to learn about composting and to have a working compost heap year round.  You can’t be squeemish though because eventually you will have to sift through the worms to separate them from their ready-made-compost.

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