Since the presence of worms speeds up the process, vermiculture is perfect for container-composting. Here's what I do:
- I start with a 5 gallon bucket, preferably lidded. Then I punch holes in the lid for air circulation.
- My first layer is shredded paper or dry leaves. This provides something absorbent on the bottom.
- Next, I put in a healthy layer of potting soil, along with my worms (purchased at the local bait & tackle shop--in my case a gas station).
- Then, I add a layer of kitchen scraps, followed by some more potting soil.
- I stir it all up, trying not to harm the worms in the process or get the paper layer mixed into the compost layers.
- Finally, I add a little water (about a drinking-glass full) and another layer of shredded paper.
My only caution with this method of composting, is that there simply isn't enough volume for the bin to create the heat necessary to avoid frost. One of the advantages of a lidded bucket is that our worms can live in the kitchen during the cold months.
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