Whether you’re looking to give your garden a solid upgrade in quality of soil, or you’re a diehard angler with a love of live bait, building your own worm box is great idea. It’s easy, cheap, and can actually end up making you a little extra money on the side. Here’s everything you need to know to build your own worm bin.
A large plastic Tupperware container
A nail and a hammer
Newspaper and cardboard
2 cups of soil
Flip the plastic Tupperware container lid upside down and use your hammer and nail to make two rows of breathing holes. Space the holes approximately 3 to 4 inches apart from each other.
Create holes in the bottom of the Tupperware container if you are choosing to keep your worm bin someplace where fluids can openly drain out of it. You can make a worm bin without bottom drainage, however you need to make sure that your contents don’t get too soggy, or you will drown your worms.
Tear the newspaper into strips. Make sure you are using good old fashioned newspaper, not any glossy magazine pages. Rip some of your cardboard into strips also.
Dampen the newspaper strips. Squeeze them dry and add them handful by handful into the Tupperware container. Make sure you don’t have any standing water in your Tupperware container.
Layer roughly 4 to 6 inches of newspaper into your Tupperware container. Then, add the cardboard, and the two cups of coil.
Add worms and you’re done.
Feeding Your Worms
This part is simple. Feed your worms your food scraps. When worms eat table scraps or compost they create worm castings. These castings are full of nutrients that help support plant growth. It’s a lot like using regular fertilizer for your garden, but the thing is, because worm castings aren’t very rich in nitrogen, they don’t run the risk of burning any plant roots and damaging your garden. You can sprinkle worm castings on your indoor potted plants or on your outdoor garden beds. You can even drop a handful of castings into the bottom of a planting hole to give your newly planted veggies a strong start. Just keep in mind that worm castings are a strong boost to your compost pile, not a replacement for it. But similar to your compost bin, everything from moldy bread to sun-wilted lettuce can go into your work bin.
What NOT to Feed Your Worms:
Keeping Your Worm Bin
It is important to keep your worm bin in a cool and dark place. Think of it like growing your own mushrooms. Your goal is to keep the bin at the perfect temperature, damp but not wet. If things get too damp, add more shredded newspaper. Mind the lid of your worm bin, to keep your worms in and other critters out. Don’t feel bad about running a spade or something through your worm bin to mix it up a bit. Always check for standing water.
Cashing in On Your Worms
Harvesting and selling your worm castings, as well as harvesting and selling your worms can be a lucrative little side gig. Worm castings can go for almost a dollar a pound. A tin of 12 fishing worms can go for about $4. It will take a couple months for your worms to get accustomed to their new home and each other, but once they do, they will breed very quickly. Just remember to start with a good number of worms, they aren’t picky and will multiply quickly the more opportunities they have.