We supplied worm bins to the City of Vancouver since 2004 – probably more than 2000 of them by now. Our son and daughter were involved in putting these bins together and delivering them. A few years ago, a friend asked me if I was composting our own veggie waste and continued to educate me on my inconsistencies!
We didn’t have an organics pickup program in Abbotsford in 2009, nor was I impressed with some of the backyard composters that I saw. I heard about increased rodent populations…. so I tried something different.
I built a worm composting bin in the ground along the side of our home. The rationale was that setting the worm bin actually in the ground would provide some buffer against the cold of winter and the heat of summer. Putting it against our house would mean that it was sheltered from the rain. I built the 2′ x 4′ x 2′ deep bin from 2″ x 12″ cedar, and used a thick plastic mesh on the bottom (a hog slat actually). I knew that I had to keep the rodents out.
After 3 years of adding our veggie waste, I finally emptied the bin this fall. Everything looks good! The worms were healthy and happy. They could disappear into the ground below the worm bin if for some reason they were not happy in the worm bin.
Actually, a rat got into the worm bin about 6 months after I made it. It had managed to chew through some of the sealing material that I had used.
We use the worm castings on our garden. A great way to recycle the nutrients and organic matter from the food we eat!
Our family is going to keep recycling our own veggie waste.