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Next door, on our sister site CRAFT, Wendy Tremayne has an excellent piece on worm-bin composting. I’ve had a compost pile since I was a teen. It’s almost something of a religious experience for me (United Church of Compost?), certainly something that gets me up close and personal with natural life cycles I might otherwise overlook. And I’ve never gotten over the aerobic decompositional thrills of putting a huge amount of stinky, gooey garbage and yard waste in the top of the bin and shoveling out uniform, rich, black compost out of the bottom. It’s a fundamentally satisfying process somehow.


6. Feed your worms. Bury your kitchen scraps under a couple inches of bedding to avoid inviting fruit flies. A pound of worms will decompose up to half a pound a day of your fruit and vegetable scraps, tea, and coffee. Avoid animal products and oily foods that encourage odors and pests.

How-To: Make a Worm Composting Bin


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Huntington says:

    I made one of these last week. My worms are happily eating away. Worm farming for life.

  2. Wilson says:

    Worms like it dark – use an opaque bin or wrap it in aluminum foil. Happy worm-farming!

  3. Michael Fusion says:

    i’m just wondering what this was doing in Craft:blog instead of Make:blog.

    not that it isn’t great, it’s just not CRAFTY

  4. AxsDeny says:

    I have one of these that I made about 2 years ago. The worms are THRIVING. Check out my Flickr set from the last time I emptied the bin.

  5. Garrick says:

    Hey! Nice article. I recently made a worm bin, and now, it’s been thriving for 2 months. A bunch of little organisms have appeared, and the worms seem to be happy and are eating a lot. Check out the bin!