a beginner’s guide to composting (a.k.a. worm farm)

Recently, my worm friends (family) have been doing rather well, and I’ve been getting some questions about where I got my supplies and how I started. I’m going to link some of the products that have worked for me and to go over some basic info to know how to get rolling. Strap on your 1st grade science class hats ladies and gents!

First, here are some tips for getting started —

  1. Okay, I’m not going to go into this in too much detail because most of you probably don’t care, but it’s important that you know at least a little bit about the carbon to nitrogen ration. Here is a good article to read more about what exactly this means. It makes it very easy.
  2. Bury your green waste to avoid any smells.

Secondly, I would like to recommend some products.

  1. Here is one of my bins, my particular favorite. I always find that stackable trays are the way to go, especially if you want to use the worm castings to supercharge your garden growth.
  2. You’ve got to get yourself some worms! These are the best in the business. You know Uncle Jim knows how to grow him some red wigglers! If you don’t know how many you need, check out this article.
  3. If you don’t produce enough produce/coffee/tea/paper waste to feed your wormies, then this worm food can be a great supplement. Or if you just want food for your worm farm, that food is great! It also never runs out pretty much.
  4. Do you have a family and want a way to introduce this process to them to keep your new friends healthy? Try slapping this magnet on your fridge!
  5. I would also suggest getting a spray bottle for water to mist them down. I’d go with glass — you can find a million on Amazon.
  6. You need some bedding for those bad boys. This kind is best.

Well…I believe that’s it! If I think of anything else I’ll update it later on, but I think the beauty of composting is that it’s so simple and easy! Anyone can do it. It’s just an easy and fun way not to let your food waste go straight to the landfill. It also feels like having “Sea Monkeys” as a child. Very fun. I also have a list of things I haven’t personally used but desire a lot; if you’re interested in my worm wants let me know!

Thanks for reading.


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