We set up our worm bin last weekend. It was a lot of fun.
First we covered the holes at the bottom with some mesh and duck tape to prevent any escape worms.
Then we went ahead and added some frozen food scraps as well as the worms. We threw newspaper on top of the food scraps. The newspaper acts as the dry material, allowing optimization of the required carbon to nitrogen ratio. When we use it to cover the food scraps, it helps contain moisture and provide a comfortable living environment for the worms.
We had some helpers hold the worms up so you can see them closer. These are Eisenia fetid, red worms used specifically for composting.
Not quite like the vermi-composting red worms (Eisenia fetid), but I’m pretty sure all worm-sex is similar.
Check it out, a blog post about earthworms breeding: A Worm Breeds in Brooklyn : The Last Word On Nothing.
Have you wondered how to keep your food-scraps at home before you bring them over to the compost drop-off?
I have polled our fellow composters. The consensus is a sturdy vessel that you can keep in your fridge or freezer and easily carry to the drop-off and the re-use when you bring it home. Keeping them cold minimizes any odors, especially if you plan on storing food scraps for a while in an un-airconditioned apartment before brining them to the bins. For people composting indoors, freezing any fruit peels kills off any fruit fly eggs, reducing any fly problems that may arise.
This is where I store my food scraps, in the freezer and easily labeled for the rest of the family.
Ainhoa likes to re-use one of the take-out containers. Much more eco-friendly.
Neeman uses a regular container.
And so does Angela.
And of course, you can always just put it all in a plastic bag and dump the contents out at the tumblers.
Do you do it another way? I know some of you store your scraps in milk cartons in your freezer. Send me your pictures and I’ll update our flickr set!
Check it out!
Sustainability green tips of the month: Composting.
UPDATE: We’re even in the cafeteria – so cool!