City container gardeners as well as farmers should consider a composting bin. The bins are good for the environment. Composting bins save money on fertilizer for gardeners and recycle items that would otherwise be discarded. Parents, red wigglers make the perfect pet. Very little care is required.
- Red wigglers are the most common type of worm utilized for composting bins. The castings from red wigglers are rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, making these worms. The worms can eat their body weight in organic material each day and reproduce rapidly.
- Unlike a bacteria composting bin, which needs a hot space, a worms prefer a comfortable temperature between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A mudroom or laundry room might be a good choice for a red wiggler composting bin. In mild climates, it is possible to place the composting bin outdoors.
- The size of the composting bin depends on the gardener. A plastic five to ten dollar storage container with a lid makes an ideal composting bin. The plastic pickle buckets that restaurants discard are great also. The container should be a solid piece with a lid to keep the red wigglers from escaping.
- Recycle old newspapers by cutting into small strips or use shredded paper from a document shredder. Colored ink is not good for the worms, so discard newspaper pages with colored ink. Wet the paper, and then squeeze the paper so that it no longer drips water. Fill one-half the bin with the wet shredded paper.
- Add soil, sand or sawdust to the bin. This allows the worms to turn the scraps into fertilizer.
- Add coffee grounds along with vegetable and fruit peels once a week in small portions. The vegetable and fruit peels can be cut into small pieces for faster composting. Adjust the amount of food to a level that the worms can finish in one week. Over feeding the worms will result in a foul odor. Avoid dairy and meat products.
- Remove the composted material every three to six months and add new bedding material.
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