By Alana Adams

A vermiculture bin can be a great addition to a kitchen or garden if you want a creative way to compost. A vermiculture bin is designed to break down vegetation using live worms to do the work.

It is fun and easy to make and it does not require a lot of materials. You might already have some in your home. So whip out your gardening gloves and get into gear – it’s time to make a vermiculture bin.

What you will need

  • A glass of water
  • Red Wiggler Worms, which you can find at a bait store, a Wal-Mart with a fishing section, or in the ground
  • Tools to cut a small hole in the plastic bins – a power drill or a sharp knife will work the best
  • Shredded paper – newspaper works best
  • 1 plastic bin (I used a 6 inch deep bin from Wal-Mart)
  • 2 plastic bin tops – the matching tops for the bin will work the best
  • Soil from a local gardening store

Step 1

Create small holes across the top of the bin, as well as holes in each corner of the bottom.

Step 2

Toss the shredded paper into the bin.

Step 3

Moisten the paper, but do not too soak it. The worms, which you will add later, like a moist environment.

Step 4

Mix up the paper to make sure it all gets some saturation from the water.

Step 5

Add the soil gradually and mix it up as you go along.

Step 6

Add the worms into the mix.

Maintenance Notes

Your next step is to include any vegetation that you might have lying around. Clippings from a garden or vegetable scraps will do. Only put vegetation into your compost bin, remember the worms have to be able to break it down. This can be any leafy vegetable or scraps from your garden. Make sure to break it up before you put it in the bin.

In order to maintain your bin, stir it using a stick or something similar once a month and add new moist, shredded paper. Worm compost bins usually do not have an odor because the worms break down the compost at a fast pace so you can leave your bin in the kitchen. In the event that your bin does start to smell take it outside and stir it.

This article is part of Atlanta INtown’s partnership with the freelance writing class at SCAD-Atlanta. Students are contributing articles, video and photos for our website and social media portals.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.