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Okay, so maybe we’re a little over excited about our newest adventure, but it is pretty cool!

After months of saying we were going to make a worm box for vermicomposting, we finally did it!

See how happy the Biddy is! He loves all things dirt!

It was a ridiculously easy project, even if Iain did over-engineer the box a little. I found worms locally for a great price, now all we have to do is keep them alive!

I’m going to share some photos of our box here, but if you want step by step instructions, head on over to Soulsby Farm, there are excellent instructions there, plus he has a great sense of humor!

Supplies to make this are easy to find… some 20 gallon totes (these are left over from our move), a few wood pieces (ours is a broken bed support that we had to replace), shredded paper (bills), dirt, worms, food scraps (fruits and veggies only, no animal stuff or citrus), and a drill. All told this project only cost us the $15 I paid for the worms, everything else we had on hand and re-purposed as necessary.

This is the bottom box, the one that will collect all the castings from the worms... Iain may have over-engineered this part just  a little.

This is the bottom box, the one that will collect all the castings from the worms… Iain may have over-engineered this part just a little.

This is the top worm box. Drilled holes in it. Filled with shredded paper and some dirt.

Put worms into box… I found these guys on Craigslist from someone who’s worm box was reproducing too quickly for them to feed.

Red wigglers! I paid $15 for a pound, which is a good price from what I can tell.

Worms were added, and immediately started digging into the dirt to get away from the light.

We added some food in one corner.

Throw the cover on the box and put the whole thing in the shade!

We will feed our worms every couple of days. We recently bought a tumbling composter, so we’ll alternate between adding to the composter and adding to the worm box. We’re pretty sure our parents think we are slightly crazy with the amount of composting we have going on here, but hey, we have a good-sized yard and we’ll need the compost as we continue to garden and landscape around the house.

It’s only been two days since we finished the box and everything looks good so far! There was even talk about making a second box at some point.

Since we bought the tumbling composter, and now the worm box, there is a noticeable change in the amount of trash that we have weekly! We also do as much recycling as possible around here and our trash output has gone down. I would say we now put (at least) about 35% less trash (to the curb) than we did previously. I thought that composting would be really smelly, but it’s actually not at all. The boys love getting involved, and I like to think that we’re teaching them good habits early!

Again, if you’re looking for detailed instructions and lots of good wormy facts then check out Soulsby Farm‘s blog. There are lots of great posts over there, I’m learning a ton!

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