Build a worm bin
Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is probably the easiest way to get started with home composting. You can build your own worm bin with items you likely have around your home, following the instructions linked below. Worm bins are a great way to deal with your food waste, and they are terrific for those small spaces like patios and balconies.
- 2 plastic bins with one lid (same size, opaque). The bottom will be used to catch the the liquid that comes off (leachate).
- Drill with ¼ “ drill bit
- Carbon source: Shredded paper, torn newspaper, egg cartons, or coconut coir
- Enough to provide a 4-6” layer as a base when getting started, and a 2” layer over the top every time you add food scraps
- Nitrogen source: Fruit and vegetable food scraps (but no citrus or onions)
- Grit such as coffee grounds, ground egg shells, or garden soil, ½ cup per feeding
- 1-4 lbs of red wiggler worms depending on your family’s waste volume. You can order online or call your local garden supply store to see if they have any composting worms available.
Need more resources?
- Vermicomposting guide from the city of Oceanside.