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Worms Are My Friends
October 8, 2012, 2:46 pm
Filed under: Paraguay, Pictures Post

Last week a fellow Peace Corps Volunteer and VAC-mate helped me make a worm compost bin in my backyard. I’ve always dreamed of having a worm compost bin, even in the United States, and I vowed that when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer I would make one in my house. It took me a year, but the dream finally came true, and now all of my kitchen scraps go to feed my little worms!

For those of you who don’t know the glorious benefits of worm compost, it’s a wonderful way to recycle a huge amount of your trash and additionally create fertile soil chocked with minerals that are great for the earth. If you’re a gardener, having a compost bin is pretty much the most organic way you can go for fertile, gorgeous crops. And if you care about the earth, it’s a fabulous way to recycle your kitchen scraps and recyclables without it going into landfills or dumping it into oceans all over the world. Plus, it’s fun!

Here’s some additional information on vermicomposting (via my friend andchristina):
redwormcomposting
how worm composting works

And you’d be shocked at how many common things you have in your house that you can compost. Check out a few links on different products you can compost through your worm bin:
90 things you can compost
163 things you can compost
75 things you can compost, but thought you couldn’t

Since composting, I’m astonished at how much less trash I have- it’s basically only plastics that now go into my trash. And for those of you that are worried about the smell- if done correctly, worm compost bins are completely odorless and don’t attract flies or any other critters.

Making my compost bin was super easy and fun! Here are the steps:

Get yourself some California Red Worms (thankfully my VAC-mate Gabe had some and brought me a few to start my bin- thanks Gabe!)

If you look reeeaalllllyyy closely you can see a tiny little red worm poking out of the soil  (Gabe’s finger is pointing at it). Aren’t they tiny?! They hate the sun light, so they just popped up for a moment.

My worm bin: a small fruit crate inside a larger fruit crate. This provides great drainage, since I need to water my compost bin to make sure it stays moist and keeps other critters (such as ants) out. 

We filled the first layer of the fruit crate with dry leaves and dirt (thanks backyard!)

Our second layer was kitchen scraps I had been saving for the past week- cucumber peels, tomato skins, eggplant scraps, etc. 

In goes the worms, right to their food!

Here’s a shot of the worm layer, ready to munch away on the kitchen scraps!

the final layer: lots of more dry leaves and dirt. You can also shred newspaper or cardboard, the worms love them!

Our makeshift top to my worm bin: a discarded window shutter. True posh corps.

This is my makeshift (and recycled!) additional trash bin, where I now put all of my kitchen scraps. I used an old paint can- the top stops fruit flies or other critters from getting wild over the scraps, since I usually leave it in there for a few days before throwing them all into my worm bin. 

Here are my kitchen scraps ready to be thrown into the bin- banana peels, passion fruit skins, egg shells, and mango scraps!

I know it’s weird for me to be obsessed with a bunch of worms, but I’m so excited we are friends, and I love feeding them. I like to think of them as my little pets! I’m also excited that this great compost will make for the perfect fertile soil for my vegetable garden (coming soon!) This is definitely something I’d like to continue when I move back to the United States. Well, time to go feed them dinner.

Much love,

Brittany


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