Setting Up a Worm Composting Bin

It isn’t necessary to have a large property or farm to have a garden composter.  You can compost materials from inside the home. 

This video presents some detailed instructions for setting up a ‘deluxe’ worm composting bin using nothing more than some inexpensive Rubbermaid bins.

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24 comments on this post.
  1. dulongkel:

    Thanks for this …
    Thanks for this info! I’ve been scanning the internet for info on how to build my own system and didn’t even think about coming to youtube.

  2. lmgnandt:

    Hey, I am going to …
    Hey, I am going to share this on all the gardening forums I am on. I read about this in a local paper and am very glad I looked it up. Great info

  3. imputedgrace:

    Thanks so much for …
    Thanks so much for posting. I’m a pretty visual person, so I appreciate being able to see how this is made. We are definitely going to get into vermicomposting, not only for a science experiment, but to save money on trash and to be helpful to the world in general. Appreciate the video, going to go look for more. =)

  4. imputedgrace:

    2 quick questions.. …
    2 quick questions.. this system you created would accomodate more than 2 bins, isn’t that correct? The idea is to stack them and stop ‘feeding’ the one bin and encouraging the worms to move up to the higher bins by feeding them. Do I have that correct? Also do you believe that this system is large enough to accomodate a family of 8 or 2000 worms? Thanks so much!

  5. TheCompostGuy:

    This system only …
    This system only has worms in one of the bins. The lower bin is simply used to catch liquid draining down. You CAN make a bin like the one you’ve described, but there would be more holes in the bottom of the upper bin and you’d need to make sure there were no jagged edges left (so worms don’t get hurt on the way up). The system I made in the video is very small (so not big enough for family of 8), but can be scaled up easily. Use something more study for supports though – milk cartons won’t work

  6. imdanhoover:

    thanks for posting …
    thanks for posting this,i’m going to make a setup based on this..i have a 5gallon bucket for my red wigglers now,they’ve outgrown it…this looks to be alot easier to keep after…Question?do you sift through and pull out the eggs?also?when you have that many in 1 bin,do you start a second or just transfer them all into a fresh bin?thank again,dan

  7. jcrist:

    that produce you …
    that produce you used looked pretty fresh to be wasted on worms.

  8. nomaughlimbaugh:

    Very helpful video …
    Very helpful video -thanks!

    What I would like to inquire however, is:

    Is there any particular method to extract the processed material(s) when the worms are done .. and keep them for another batch?

    I have a full bin; everything’s composted nicely; I wish to incorporate the results into parts of my garden.

    What do I do?

    Just toss the whole show in the garden, worms and all?

    Thanks for any ideas!

  9. TheCompostGuy:

    You CAN dump it all …
    You CAN dump it all in the garden, but without any rich organic waste being added to your garden, the worms will eventually die or leave the area. Try dumping your bin out on a tarp in the sun – let it dry for awhile then start scraping the compost from the top – the worms will continue to move downwards. You should be able to separate the compost from the worms this way – especially during the summer.

  10. TheCompostGuy:

    LoL – no, I can’t …
    LoL – no, I can’t say that anyone has. Kinda cool, really – I’ve never been able to impersonate him when I’ve actually tried to. :-)

  11. TheCompostGuy:

    I can assure you …
    I can assure you that it wasn’t all fresh. Keep in mind this was made as an educational video – I didn’t have a heap of rotting waste just lying around so I needed to improvise. Nothing is ever “wasted” on the worms anyway. :-)

  12. ccoasterdesigner:

    I did it and it …
    I did it and it worked wonderfully! The only thing is I haven’t needed the tea collecter at the bottom (i haven’t got any pee pee.)

  13. takadi:

    I haven’t called …
    I haven’t called Terracycle yet, but I have been to a couple of stables and dug through their horse poo. I found worms, but alas, they weren’t the right species.

  14. Goinggreenmom:

    Just a thought for …
    Just a thought for people that were having trouble finding worms. I understand that you don’t want to pay for them, but if you have to… you might want to check at a local bait shop if there is one somewhere close to where you live. They tend to know what kinds of worms they have and have several kinds. You might want to know what they look like in case whoever is working doesn’t, but they should.
    ~Goinggreenmom

  15. crock703:

    No, it just crossed …
    No, it just crossed my mind. Unless it’d be a hassle for them, I imagine they might be cool enough to help out – putting a sticker on would lead to conversation, blah blah,.. I dunno, it’d be from a ‘trusted source’ and intriguing enough that most people would pick up a terracycle bottle next time they saw one- esp knowing the company helped their friend out.

    free stuff rules. let me know if it works out.

  16. takadi:

    “tell em you’ll put …
    “tell em you’ll put a Terra Cycle sticker on your bin or something”

    lol, interesting incentive.

    Have you had any luck with them?

  17. crock703:

    Oh hey, I just …
    Oh hey, I just thought of this.. Try the TerraCycle people. They’re all pretty young and not really corporate. They produce tons of worm poop/worm babies, and might be down with sending you some – tell em you’ll put a Terra Cycle sticker on your bin or something.

    They have a contact page w/ all their employees emails, find the right person and see what they say. They’re located in Trenton, NJ, close enough they may have their own DC-bound delivery trucks – just meet up w/ the truck.

  18. crock703:

    Yeah. I never …
    Yeah. I never started, but Univs are a good bet – esp Va Tech – they have a huge soil, department.. project, something. They might be willing to mail them to you, or box & send them off w/ a friend coming home on break.

    Universities & equestian clubs or something. DC Park Police hq off of Rock Creek pkwy might have some big piles of horse poo also – might be worth a call (or email to attach a wriggler picture) to see if they have them.

    I can’t PAY for worms.

  19. Shadowrom:

    You need a specific …
    You need a specific type of worm. In asia theyre called tiger worms. In U.S / Europem its the larger and more aggresive variety as compared to bramble worms (much smaller in size) You have to get them from a supplier. You cant go lookng for them in your backyard. Lol. I did that. This particlar variety you can get from nearby worm farms. Check the net.

  20. takadi:

    Hey I live in the …
    Hey I live in the DC VA area too! I’ve called virtually every major gardening store in the area and none of them even know what a red wiggler worm is. Guess I have to fork out 50 bucks for a bunch of worms

  21. TheCompostGuy:

    As I just posted …
    As I just posted above, regular backyard worms won’t work well in a vermicomposting system. They are soil dwelling worms and not adapted for crowded (warm) conditions in a compost/manure pile.

  22. TheCompostGuy:

    Definitely a …
    Definitely a specific type of worm – those adapted for life in compost heaps and other rich organic matter (like manure). Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida) are the most commonly used species.

  23. takadi:

    Can you get worms …
    Can you get worms straight from your garden or do you need a specific type of worm?

  24. Passenger87:

    you’ll need about …
    you’ll need about 500-1500 to start with. so it’s just easier to buy them. Also Peat/coco works well for a bed.

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