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October 31, 2011 at 10:56 AMComments: 5 Faves: 0

Side Quest 1: Indoor Composting

From the Garden Experiment Blog Series

It's been a while since I did a garden experiment update.

Recently, we tore out many of the old dead plants in the office and replanted the boxes with one of two things: flowers that seem to do better in cooler weather, and spinach/parsley, since spinach does so well here.

My next mini-experiment doesn't take place in the office though. Instead, it's something I have at home. Indoor composting.

I've heard that indoor composting can be done with earthworms - usually the "red wriggler variety", but other worms can work too. I'm using a batch of nightcrawlers I got from PetSmart.

The basic idea is that you create a small bin for composting with wet paper and cardboard as a sort of bedding, and organic material (veggie scraps, teabags, etc) added for the worms to eat. You also should have some method of ventilation, but also a way to keep the worms from escaping. In my case, I put some mesh cupboard liner over the top of my bin and left the cover partially open.

My main motivation is that as a part of my healthy lifestyle, I plan to eat more veggies. Hopefully now I can be a bit more green and boost my gardening street cred by both using veggie scraps, and by using the worm castings as fertilizer/dirt supply for future plantings of spinach and other goodies. If you want to compost but don't have outdoor space to use, consider giving indoor composting with worms (sometimes called vermicomposting) a try!

What did you think?


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  • Just beware of ants. Leave no food trails or scraps where they will find them, or they will find your vermicomposting system. My only experience with this... the ants ate the worms.

  • Working on improving my own green thumb 'street cred' with composting and gardening myself. Sounds like you're doing a great job! Let me know how those wigglers treat your trash ;)

  • I'm not trying to discourage anyone from worm-posting, just haven't had success myself. With four kids, there is always food on the floor and ants coming in. I find the outside bucket and bin to be my best choice for composting.

  • No worries Sprouty. I'm fairly confident ants shouldn't be a problem in my tiny apartment - especially where I have the container set up. If it becomes an issue, I can always try modifying the bin too; I've heard of using a really fine stocking type material over large holes to allow breathing without letting *any* bugs in without serious effort.

  • Dave, I spent some time talking with this guy at the farmer's market one day. He's well versed in the ways of the worm. Be sure to check out the rest of his blog, I find biochar and terra prata very enticing, and have been working on my own hybrid version of terra prata.

    Tom's website (direct to the link about his book):

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