7 Tips for Setting Up a Worm Bin

Use these helpful pointers for starting a worm bin.

| January/February 2013

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  • Use these tips to help set up a successful worm bin.
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Here are seven tips for getting your worm bin set up properly.

For more information on vermicomposting read Vermicomposting 101: How to Start a Worm Bin System.

1. Put your bin in the location you’ve chosen, taking care that it is not in direct sun.

2. Make sure it has plenty of mesh-covered air holes around the sides, the top and, if you put a pan underneath to catch excess water, the bottom. Plastic bins require more holes than permeable wood bins.



3. Place half of your bedding material in the bin, and water it until everything is damp but not soggy. Use slightly less water in plastic bins, which retain water, and slightly more in wood bins.

4. Add a couple handfuls of grit material (soil, rock dust or limestone), followed by aged manure, if using. Then add remaining bedding and more water. If you use manure, keep in mind that it adds its own moisture.






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