the bin sits under our open shelves in our dining room. Here we are close to the kitchen, for adding the collected scraps, it is also main level making it easy to get outside, and it can be pulled in and out easily.
the worms need a moist environment, so we spray water over top to wet the soil and bedding a bit.
mix dirt and bedding and add half to the bin. then drop the worm mass in beside the food scraps. Add the rest of the bedding and dirt on top.
Left to right clockwise: the empty bin, the compost just harvested, the worms in some soil, bedding, food scraps, and plain dirt.
After taking out the ‘ball of worms’ that had collected at the food, I dumped the bin contents onto a garbage bag out in the sun. the worms will go to bottom so you can keep scooping fertilizer off of the top. you can pick the worms out as well. good job for kids.
Cut or tear unbleached paper (if possible) into small pieces. I am using brown paper bags and egg cartons. you need a lot – 1/3 of the area of your compost bin! good job for kids.
Having an indoor worm compost is a great way to obtain soil conditioner/fertilizer with only your food scraps. I like that my kids learn about maintaining a live, productive system in our home. 572 more words