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How do I get started with worm composting (Vermicomposting)?

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On our family farm, we produce around 2lb. of vegetable waste per day, and currently just have a compost pile. We are interested in starting a vermicompost bin. Does anyone have experience vermicomposting? If so, can you give us suggestions of the best way to construct the bin? Also, consider that we live in north central Texas.

Category: Tags: asked July 21, 2012

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Hey there!  I am not an expert on this, but I can tell you what I’ve seen.  I had a friend that had a vermiculture bin; it was about the size of a trunk, was made of wood, and it drained on the bottom.

However, if you’re composting then you’re likely using aerobic bacteria which can heat the compost upwards of 160 degrees F!  I don’t think you want to cook the poor worms.  It’d probably be best to wait for the compost to finish “cooking” before adding the worms.

Also, I’d check into using wood chips and scraps as the vermiculture material.  It makes the best worm castings.