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Choosing a worm bin is only limited by your imagination.  Please visit my image gallery to get some ideas on creating your own worm bin.

Location...Location..location is key.  Full sun to full shade in summer (i.e. North side of house)  Full sun in winter (i.e. South side of house)  Thermometers in soil can be very helpful when making this decision.

 Ingredients to Fill the Bin include shredded newspaper,   
 straw, sawdust, dead leaves.  Make sure you pre-soak your
 ingredients, and it should be damp as a moist sponge. 75%
 moisture is the key!

 Seeding the worms is a fancy term for just dropping 'em in
 there once you have your bed prepared.  Since worms do
 not like the light, they will burrow down to find a
 comfortable place.  Then, simply cover the bed with
 carpet.  Then...leave them alone.

 When feeding your worms make sure you don't feed them
 meat or bones, oils or fats, or vinegars, grass clippings or
 dog or cat waste.  Most likely everything else can go.  You
can refer to the do's and don't list by clicking here.  When feeding, you  have two choices:  Burying or pocket feeding
method or surface feeding method.  Either will work.

Generally when you pocket feed you bury small amounts of food waste in the bed, and mark where you buried it (like with a popsicle stick).  Then you wait a day or two and check to  see if the worms are eating.  Your obvious clue is that the food is disappearing (Trick:  the smaller the food, the faster it dissapears)  Since the popsicle stick marks where you last fed, move the stick each time you feed. 

For surface feeding simply lay your feed stock approximately 1" thick, and then cover your feed stock with a thin layer of shredded paper (then cover this with perforated jute-backed carpet) and then close the bed.  Now, you can check "under the cover" to see feeding rate daily until you get the hang of this "observing art"!

There are three methods to harvest your castings.  You can do this manually by sorting out the worms from the compost, you can have the worms sort themselves, or you can use a harvestor.

Now you can use your vermicompost as a top dressing for your house plants, gardens, lawns, seedlings and transplants.  You can even use it to make compost tea!