Vermicomposting is great way to compost if you have limited outdoor space or live in an apartment or condominium. Vermicomposting uses earthworms, usually red wigglers, to turn organic waste into high quality compost consisting of worm castings, uneaten bedding, and feedstock harvested from worm beds. Vermicomposting kits can be purchased in stores, online, or you can make your own.
You can make your own Vermicomposting kit with the following list of supplies and tools or purchase a kit from a retailer:
- One 14 – 20 gallon plastic storage tub with a lid
- A drill and drill bit (any size close to ½ inch)
- LOTS of shredded newspaper (way more than you think!)
- A bucket of water
- ½ - 1 pound (or more) of Red Wigglers (Eisenia Fetida is the scientific name).
Create and Maintain a Simple Worm Bin Video
|Yes (yummy)||No (yuck)|
|Anything Green (especially the leafy stuff)||Citrus (no orange, lemon, or lime)|
|Fruits||Fats, Oils & Salad Dressings|
|Vegetables||Breads & Cereals|
|Coffee Grounds & Filters||Salts (no seasoned food)|
|Black & White Newspaper||Sugars (no processed food)|
|Eggshells (crushed)||Garlic & Onions|
Orange County Solid Waste Management teaches public composting classes in the spring and fall. The classes teach the basics or indoor composting using worms, and outdoor composting using a variety of recipes and structures.
For more information contact Orange County Solid Waste Management.