Energy & Sustainability
Starting a worm composting bin
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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.

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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

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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