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Welcome to another edition of Worm Waste Works! Today, we’re going to talk about starting an in-ground worm bin using repurposed items like a kitty litter pail. This is a simple and affordable way to create your own worm composting system at home.
First, you need to find a suitable location for your in-ground worm bin. Look for a spot with good drainage, and avoid areas that are prone to flooding. Then, dig a hole deep enough to hold your container, leaving a few inches of the rim above ground level. Your kitty litter pail should be the perfect size for a small in-ground worm bin.
Next, fill the bottom of the pail with some bedding material such as shredded newspaper, cardboard or leaves. This will provide a comfortable home for your worms. Then, moisten the bedding until it’s as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
Here’s the good news: you don’t need to add worms to your in-ground bin. They will find it on their own! However, if you want to speed up the process, you can try finding cheap worms on online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
So, why are worms so good in the garden? Worms are nature’s ultimate recyclers. They consume organic matter and turn it into a rich, nutrient-dense compost called worm castings. Worm castings are full of beneficial microorganisms, enzymes, and nutrients that plants need to thrive. When you add worm castings to your soil, you’re not only improving its structure, but you’re also providing a slow-release fertilizer that will nourish your plants throughout the growing season.
In addition to worm castings, worms also aerate the soil by creating tunnels as they move through it. This improves the soil’s drainage, allows more oxygen to reach plant roots, and makes it easier for roots to penetrate the soil. Plus, worm activity in the soil attracts beneficial organisms like bacteria and fungi that can help suppress plant diseases.
In conclusion, starting an in-ground worm bin is an easy and affordable way to create nutrient-dense compost for your garden. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, worm composting is a great way to improve your soil and reduce your waste. Give it a try and see the benefits for yourself!
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Farming mom in Kansas. I raise Idaho Pasture Pigs, Bees (for honey), chickens and compost worms.