DIY Project ~ Vermicomposting in a tub in a few easy steps!

$20
45 Minutes
Easy

Plant matter is a resource we should be keeping out of the landfills. But what do you do if you don't have the space for a compost pile or you don't want to be constantly running outside with your kitchen scraps? Vermicomposting is the answer and , even better,a worm bin is efficient when you're continually adding new material, unlike your outdoor compost pile. Composting at home in a worm tub is most
Red wriggler worms used for indoor vermicomposting. Did you know they can live up to 15 years?
Red wriggler worms used for indoor vermicomposting. Did you know they can live up to 15 years?
Step # 1 ~ drill small holes on the bottom and sides and large holes on the top of a plastic storage tub
Step # 1 ~ drill small holes on the bottom and sides and large holes on the top of a plastic storage tub
Here's a shot of the holes in the worm bin so you can see what I mean!
Here's a shot of the holes in the worm bin so you can see what I mean!
Step # 2 ~ crumple newspaper, then wet it, wring it out and fill the bottom of the tub this way
Step # 2 ~ crumple newspaper, then wet it, wring it out and fill the bottom of the tub this way
Step # 3 ~ add a few handfuls of peat moss or garden soil and toss gently, the add the worms and lightly toss again
Step # 3 ~ add a few handfuls of peat moss or garden soil and toss gently, the add the worms and lightly toss again
Step # 4 ~ now add a few kitchen scraps. Keep the moisture at this level by adding a little water or wet plant matter if dry, shredded paper if too wet
Step # 4 ~ now add a few kitchen scraps. Keep the moisture at this level by adding a little water or wet plant matter if dry, shredded paper if too wet
Barb Rosen

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  • Donna
    on Oct 25, 2013

    Thanks!

  • LG
    on Feb 27, 2015

    My worms crawl up the sides, mate, and then travel back down again, leaving the dropping on the side of the bin. How do I keep the worms from crawling up the side or is that what they are supposed to do? They aren't mass migrating to escape, just doing their thing and then going back down.

    • Linda
      on Aug 28, 2018

      If they are crawling up the side they you are likely overfeeding and the bin is getting too warm inside. Get a jar or plastic yogurt container and fill it with ice cubes. Dig down in the compost to set the jar in. Put the lid back on. That should cool things down.

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