You can make your own environmentally friendly fertilizer by making or buying a worm compost bin and letting the worms recycle your food waste. You can then mix the worm compost into your garden soil for a mixture that is rich in nutrients and will help you grow strong healthy garden plants.Read More about worm compost bins at http://www.naturesfootprint.com/worm-factory
You can buy a worm compost bin online or at your local garden store. The size you choose will depend upon the size of your compost garden. You can save money if you just build the bin yourself. It is easy to do and makes a fun project for the family.
You can make the worm compost bin out of wood or any materials you choose. An easy way to go is to use big plastic ten-gallon tubs that you can buy for around eight dollars each. Whatever material you use, make sure it drains well so your worms do not drown.
If you are making a compost bin out of a plastic tub, drill small holes in the bottom to allow for ventilation and drainage. Drill more holes around the top of the bin and in the lid so your worms can get plenty of air. Make sure the holes are small so the worms cannot escape through them.
Fill your worm compost bin with bedding. The bedding must be moist so the worms do not dry out. However, the bedding should not be wet or the worms might drown. The best material to use for bedding is shredded newspapers. Soak the papers in water, squeeze the excess water out and then fluff the papers up. Line the bottom of the bin with these papers and then add dirt and old leaves.
You can gather worms outdoors to add to your bin or just buy them from a supplier or fishing store. Be sure to buy red worms, as these survive well in a compost bin. Start out with about one pound of worms which equals around 500 worms.
You must feed your worms regularly. One pound of worms require one half pound of food per day. Keep in mind that your worms will multiply quickly so you must increase the amount you feed them periodically. Place your food in a different area of the bin each time, under the top layer of bedding to hide it from pesky flies.
One you have your worms in place, cover the worm compost bin with a wet piece of cardboard and then snap on the lid. Store your bin in a well-ventilated area. If you keep your bin outdoors, place it in the shade. Put your bin up on blocks so it can drain properly. Now let your worms go to work making vermi compost for your compost garden.
Making a worm compost bin is the inexpensive way to get started, but you can buy a premade bin if you prefer. Whichever route you go, remember to feed your worms and keep moisture at the proper level so they stay healthy and happy.
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