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Worm Composting - Kitsap County WA

Worm Composting - Kitsap County WA

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1. Choose A Container
You get great results with either a worm bin or a worm can.
Worm Bin: Buy or build one. The bin should be 10-16 inches deep with a snug-tting lid. Drill hal inch holes in the bottom or ventilation and drainage. Therule o thumb or bin sizes is to have 2 sq. t. per person. An average two-person home requires a 4 sq. t. bin.Worm Can: Buy a 32-gallon trash can or use a worn-out one. Cut the bottom outand drill holes in the sides. Bury it to its rim. Having two that are side by sideworks best.
2. Pick A Place
Locate your container where it will not freeze or overheat.
Worm Bin: The garage, patio, deck, or garden near the kitchen door are thebest choices.Worm Can: In a garden spot near the kitchen door is most convenient. Worm cansmust have well drained soils. In clay and poorly draining soils, the can llswith water and turns oul!
3. Make A Worm Bed
Worms like to live under lots o moist paper. This helps keep them cool and moist,gives them ber to eat, and prevents ruit ies rom getting to the ood. To makeyour worm bed, tear black-and-white newspaper into 1 inch strips, u them up,and moisten them so they are as damp as a wrung-out sponge. Do not use glossypaper or magazines. Fill your worm container with about 10 inches o moistbedding. Shredded white ofce paper or corrugated cardboard, leaves, and strawcan also be added as bedding. Sprinkle it with a ew handuls o soil.
4. Adopt Some Worms
Compost worms are called red worms, red wigglers or manure worms. They aredierent rom the earthworms and nightcrawlers that live underground. You cannd red worms in an old compost pile, get them rom a riend’s worm bin, or callthe WSU Cooperative Extension Ofce at 360-337-7157 or sources. Start withabout 1 lb., or two big handuls.
5. Feed Worms Their First Meal
Start o your worms with about a quart o ood, then leave them alone or acouple o weeks while they get used to their new home.Do eed worms: ruit and vegetable trimmings, coee grounds and lters, teabags, eggshells, used paper towels, and sot, green plant trimmings.You can add small quantities o grains, beans, and bread.Do not eed worms: citrus rinds; meat, bones, or sh; dairy products or grease;dog, cat, or bird eces; sawdust rom plywood or treated wood; orwoody prunings.
WORM COMPOSTING

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