Step 1: Getting Started
Two plastic bins, one with lid.
(You should assess how much compost you will generate on a monthly basis to determine capacity. We’ve used 15 gallon Rubbermaid bins in anticipation of expanding our system.
One tray (to place under stacked bins as liquid catchment)
*Third bin or lid can be substituted for tray
Drill and 3/8” hole bit
Two food containers i.e:) yogurt or cottage cheese containers
Approximately one quart of dried leaves or mulch from yard
Few sheets of newspaper (no color ink)
Approximately one quart of soil
Couple dozen red wigglers (Eisenia foetida)
Step 2: Drilling Bottom Bin
Step 3: Drilling Top/Second Bin
Step 4: Drill a Few Air Holes
Step 5: Set Up Containers for Support
Step 6: Tear Recycled Newspaper
Step 7: Spread Leaves As Second Layer
Step 8: Spread Soil As Thrid Layer
Step 9: Introduce Red Wigglers
Step 10: Assemble, and Voila!
To start, the top bin will remain empty and just serve as a lid for the bottom. However, once the bottom bin’s material has been broken down, you should begin placing your kitchen scraps directly in the bottom of the second, or upper bin. Then you will want to cover this layer with soil and or mulch again to prevent the attraction of bugs and the release of unpleasant odors. The worms will naturally travel up through the holes you’ve drilled in the bottom of the bin toward the fresh food, leaving the first layer completed and worm free, ready to be used.