They arrived today. Here's what the package looked like:
The first step in preparing a worm composting bin is to find a bin with a lid. The size will depend on you. Ours is a former bird seed box cum rock holder. It's clear, which I love, has a lid that opens 1/2 way, and has a carrying handle. Perfect!
The first thing we did was to hand-shred a bunch of newspaper. There's no accounting for taste, but the worms allegedly love it!
We filled the bin about 3/4 full.
My daughter went out to the back yard and collected a handful or two of both soil and sand, and a few leaves.
Add the soil mix and mix it into the newspaper.
The worms! 500 red wigglers heading for their new home.
We watered down the newspaper/soil mix. It really lowered the stuff way down. Once we placed the worms on top, we shredded some more newspaper and gently placed it on top. We then made a space in one corner of the box, and added our collected kitchen scraps. They are getting a lovely mix of cantelope melon rinds, celery, and other good stuff. I have read that we can add coffee grounds, which we have plenty of in this house. I also read that we should have usable rich soil in about 3-4 months.
I promised to bring this bin to DD's school, and now I want to keep it! But I get it back at the end of June when school ends. I think I'll keep it for a few days, anyhow. =)
Clyde. The first worm to be named. (grin)