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Picture of A Worm Bin for Apartments
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Why Worms?
We live in a relatively urban area in an apartment with zero land that we can compost traditionally on. As voracious plant-eaters we have quite a lot of vegetable scraps that we morally can't send to the landfill. The solution is a worm bin that resembles furniture, won't stink up the place if properly managed, and can process the waste of at least two plant-chomping people.  

What?
These instructions will show how to construct a three-tiered, wooden worm bin out of readily available materials. In the future we will cover how to add and care for the wormies.

How does it work?
The three-tiered system works like a magic food to compost machine. The three boxes are identical and interchangeable. You put food scraps and woody material (paper, wood shavings, etc.) into the top layer which worms eat over time, filling the top box. Once the top layer is nearly full, you put the empty bottom layer on top. Then once that layer is nearly full you put the last empty box on top. By the time that one is full you will have premium, beautiful soil in the bottom layer that can be emptied out and used. The cycle keeps going. The layers are important because the worms will seek refuge, rest, and reproduce toward the bottom. 

Basics:
Since the layers are identical, the directions will show how to make one box, the base, and the lid.

The worm bin is ventilated and will ONLY smell bad if it is poorly managed. It should smell like the floor of an old growth forest. More on how to achieve that to come.
 
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ekiessling7 months ago
I was under the impression plant waste was safe for landfill.
Permaculture (author)  ekiessling7 months ago
Landfills are devoid of oxygen, so the plant material breaks down into methane gas which is a 20x more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 (which is also released). Plus, just from a safety perspective "landfill gas (LFG) is hazardous and potentially explosive" according to: http://compostingcouncil.org/admin/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Keeping-Organics-Out-of-Landfills-Position-Paper.pdf

Also, vermicomposting creates both liquid fertilizer and solid fertilizer (compost) to use in gardening. You literally turn your trash into organic fertilizer, who can't love that? Once your worms start breeding too, you can give some away to your buddies that like to go fishing.

jslarve7 months ago

Neat idea. I would have liked to see pictures of your technique of adding your vegetable waste to the bin, too. :)

Mielameri7 months ago
Wow, brilliant idea for the space-challenged, yet environmentally conscious among us. Thanks!
jmwells7 months ago
Looks like a good pattern for a beehive too!
amulder1 jmwells7 months ago

great minds think alike...Only I was thinking about a cockroach breeding culture for our bearded dragons!

Jobar007 jmwells7 months ago

I'm pretty sure you read my mind...

jmwells Jobar0077 months ago
Lots of luck.