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Worms!!! LIVE HERE< EAT HERE by texaskillet
May 9, 2011, 12:26 AM
Filed under: Clever Chickadees, kid friendly, project, texaskillet, work space

Project for the weekend; create a new home for the worms that Doris so generously left in my care.

I was reading a book called The Urban Homestead and project 2 right out of the blocks is to make a worm bin. Awesome. I love this book by the way; I get a ton of inspiration from it. You should check it out. I can only hope that our book will be as awesome. J

My worms were in a wooden toy box. Like the kind you pick up at Ikea and put together yourself for like $25.00. Since I cannot keep my worms in the garage, they have been up against the house trying to keep warm and subject to the wet Pacific Northwest winter… soooo time for a water proof home that will last a few years.

I needed to be able to keep them by the back door so that I would be better about bringing the kitchen scraps to them as well as the shredded junk mail and coffee grinds.

What you’ll need:

-Two Rubbermaid 8-10 gallon containers that nest or are stackable solid in color, not see through. Worms do not appreciate bright sunny days like we do.

-A drill with a ¼ inch bit and a 1/16 inch bit.

-The two lids for the Rubbermaid containers

-Two blocks of wood (I still have to salvage these)

-Shredded newspaper, like a whole Sunday paper

-WORMS: Red Worms (Eisenia Foetida)

 

Ready set go!

  1. Drill 1/16 inch holes an inch from the top and bottom all the way around BOTH Rubbermaid containers
  2. Drill 1/16 inch holes in ONE of the lids
  3. Drill ¼ inch holes in the bottoms of BOTH Rubbermaid containers
  4. Place the non-drilled lid on the bottom in the spot you have selected for your bin
  5. Put the two blocks down on top of the lid
  6. Stack one of the bins on top of the blocks
  7. Stack the second bin inside the first bin
  8. Put your soaked and then wrung out shredded newspaper in the bottom of the top bin. It would be great if you could get about four inches worth in there.
  9. Place your worms in there
  10. Place any dirt you already have in there for darkness and to start them off with digestive grit. This makes me think of Pigeons.
  11. Wait a few days for acclimatization, only put a handful of scraps in at first.

As it turns out, worms can be sensitive to a few different situations. Too wet. Too dry. Too much light. Too Hot. Too Cold.

If after night one you check your worms and find them trying to escape you’ll need to assess your worm home to see if one of the above is the situation.

Good luck with your worms. There are a few worm references out there and you may want to pick one up for good measure. Of course you could rely on the internet. J

 

 

 

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