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DIY Worm Composting Explained - Hilarious Video
I've been pretty public about my obsessions with compost - from my experimenting with high fiber composting to composting my house move. Heck, my wife and I have even thrown a compost-warming party to spread the word. One type of composting I've always been intrigued by, but never tried, is worm composting. Worm composting offers opportunities for even the most space-confined appartment dweller to compost their organic waste, and to produce nutritious fertilizer, or 'worm tea' in the process. Now a friend has just sent me an awesome video, with simple, entertaining low-down on how to build your own worm compost bin. Click below the fold to find out more. The video is, apparently, the first episode of "The Enviromentals", the brainchild of Hal Brindley & Leigh Ramsdell of Dodo Films - and if this is anything to go by, we're definitely looking forward to watching more:
WARNING!: Leigh and I have no idea what we're talking about.
We're just a couple of goofballs trying to do good and have some fun along the way.
One day we decided to make a worm bin 'cause we thought it would be cool. We didn't really know what it was or why we should do it. But we did it anyway and learned a few things along the way. The worms now live in the spare room at Leigh's house and have been thriving for many months. They have devoured untold pounds of organic waste, created buckets of great compost which have gone into my backyard garden, and have produced enough offspring that I have divided them up twice to create my own worm bin and one for my mom. Yes, that's right. Even mom's can compost.
Maintaining a worm bin can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. There isn't much to lose except a few bucks and a few hours of your time. But there is a lot to gain. Please do remember that worms are living things, just like you, so try to treat them with as much love and respect as you would a pet (or at least a relative.)
The Dodo Films website also features a useful trouble shooting guide for would-be worm composters, dealing with everything from unpleasant smells to excessive damp, to dead worms. Anyhow, check out the video below, and if it sparks your interest, you can also take a look at some further reading on worm composting below.
The Enviromentals (Episode 1) How to Make a Worm Composting Bin from Hal Brindley on Vimeo.
More on worm composting and vermiculture
Composting Basics: Build a Worm Bin
Vermicomposting and vermiculture: Worms, Bins and How to Get Started
University Administrator Falls in Love with Worms!
Apartment Composting and No Yard at All!
Composting with Worms in Martha Stewart Living