I finally decided to build a worm bin and I thought id share my new hobby. I was told that is quite easy to do and from what I have learned, it pretty much is.
I made my bin very similar to the one in this link
Its built out of a old rubbermaid I had sitting in my garage.
All I had to do was drill some holes on the sides and that was it.
The holes are to help aerate the bin and prevent excessive water from drowning my worms.
I built the worm bedding very similar to the way it was done in the video (link provided above).
I shredded some paper, mixed that with some finished compost, peat moss and soil less potting soil.
I then added some worms that I collected from my garden soil, but also added some red wigglers I got at OSH. There were supposedly 200 worms, but from a glance I could only see maybe 20 or less.
After adding the worms I then added some unfinished compost, coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, corn meal, bread crumbs and freshly chopped up food scraps, fennel, marigold, and basils.
That was it, I lightly watered the bin down with freshly brewed compost tea and covered the bin with a moist rag and the rubber maid cover.
total price was 10$, that was spent only on the red wigglers..
I checked it every other day and after a week I noticed a few worms have grown in size.
In my excitement I thought what the heck, ill add more worms. Again I went to OSH and got me another bucket of 200 worms..
this batch, definitely had more worms then my last
So I spread them out evenly threw out the bin
& covered them with peat moss
I love this peat moss, it is by far the best peat moss I had ever purchased and looks great..(coco coil would of been better but I cant find any local garden store/nursery who caries it )
After covering up the new worms a bit, I decided to add another layer of shredded paper. I believe worms like moist paper so I soak my paper in fresh brewing compost tea, like I do when adding to compost.
After I added the paper bedding I decided to add some soil amendments I have lying around. These amendments are sure to feed the worms, and other micro organisms in my bin.
dolomite lime was added in a very small amount for the cal/mag it contains and to help with ph buffering. Worms I think can handle a peat based ph but the cal/mag was a good choice IMO.
Kelp meal was added because it has plenty of minerals and trace elements, growth hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and proteins that I'm sure are good for any compost.
Finally fish meal was added for trace elements and for the nice NPK value of 9-4-1. Also the kelp and fish meal were products of dr. earth, these soil amendments also contain beneficial microorganism to help inoculant the worm bin or soil.
I only added about 3-4 TBSP of each, since I am not experienced with worm farming. IMO Less is best!
Once the amendments were added I grabbed a container filled with home made soilless potting soil and some food scraps.
the food scraps(worm food) was made up of tomatoes, onions, coffee grounds, and chopped up fennel leafs and roots.
once I added that layer I covered it with the potting soil
[img]https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3818476868_2fb8609a18_m.jpg[/img]and then the moist rag
My goal is make the worms comfortable enough to breed and help build the micro herd to decompose the food faster.
I only hope I'm doing the right thing, all that has been added is based on what I think the bin needs according to my imagination...
If any one reading this has any experience with worm farming or any thing to add, I would love to hear any tips, opinions, or links to further help improve my vermicomposting hobby.