Composting Worm Bins Make for a Healthy Garden

If you are new to the world of gardening, your first season may not have turned out so great. But that’s okay because anything takes a certain amount of practice and know-how in order to achieve great results. This year, consider composting worm bins that will provide all the fertilizer and nutrients you need to make those plants stand up and look proud.

Unlike acquiring gardening traits, composting worm bins is no fail with your very first try. There are just a few sensible rules that need to be followed to keep your garden and potted plants happy and healthy. Everything in nature has a specific purpose and that purpose for the red worm is to gobble up food scraps, leaves, or any type of vegetation that is fresh or dying. The scientific name for red worms is Eisenia fetida or more commonly known as the red wriggler. You may have seen these worms right after a rainfall when they are out hunting for fresh vegetation that is a real cuisine for them.

There is also a special name for composting worm bins called vermicomposting. This process of converting organic waste into nutrients that plants love starts with making worm bins. Any container that is 12 to 15 inches deep and made of wood or plastic will work as long as you have a lid. Fruit flies will be attracted to the smell and a lid will keep them away. A lid will also keep the odors inside of your worm bins where deteriorating scraps can become quite ranked.

Composting worm bins are made up of bedding, food scraps and water. Bedding for worm bins can be anything from shredded newspapers or computer paper to leaf compost or animal manure compost. Water is the next step after you have made a layer of bedding. Worms cannot survive without water so the bedding needs to be saturated and kept that way. You don’t want to drown them but add enough water to make the bedding squishy like a wet sponge.

About once every three months you will notice that the bedding in your worm bins has disintegrated. This means that it is time to harvest. Dump the contents on a flat plastic surface and shine a light on the pile. The worms will be attracted to the light and climb right out. Gather them up and place in newly constructed composting worm bins where they can start all over again. You now have a fresh fertilizer for your garden and plants without all of the chemicals from store bought.

Since worms have a way of reproducing, you will never run out of worms to recycle your food scraps and have lots of fresh worms for lake fishing. Nature has a way of giving everything a job and making everything natural recyclable. In addition of ridding your home of food scraps you will never have to worry about buying fertilizer and will have a great chance at raising wonderful vegetables in your garden this year just from simple worm bins that cost nothing to build.