Worm farms and bokashi bins were my chosen method for recycling our household kitchen organic waste, when living in the city. (Check out the numerous posts on this subject – look through my post categories.)
Now that we have lots of space living in our semi rural home, I wanted to incorporate compost bins and worm tunnels to the system.
I purchased two compost bins second hand from Ebay (only $30 for both of them together). After reading extensively on composting, I decided to keep it simple and jump straight in.
The first bin was positioned where a future garden would be established (in the sun). Then I started filling it daily with our kitchen waste (everything except bones or meat – nothing to attract the rodents). After a couple of days I added carbon matter (dead organic matter – dead brown leaves, shredded newspaper and even shredded egg cartons). From here I could add another layer of kitchen organic waste over the next couple of days. Follow this patten till the bin is full. Allow the full bin to sit for weeks / months while everything inside breaks down to rich compost. Hence the reason for buying two compost bins – while one is ‘sitting’, the other one is in the process of being filled with kitchen waste and carbon matter.
A worm tunnel is just a worm farm dug into the ground. Making one is so easy (limited only by your imagination). I just used large old plastic garden pots. Cut some holes on the sides and bottom, then burried the pots directly into the garden bed. Place a lid over them and hey presto you are done – you can now place your organic kitchen waste directly into the pots for your worms to eat and in return they will fertilise your garden.
* If your garden doesn’t already have worms you may need to add some to kick start the process.
* Don’t feed your worms citrus, protein, dairy or onions (they are a little fussy).