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DIY worm bin 3.0

worm bin with lid open

We had our helper build another worm bin today.

He took some initiative and improved the lid so it can easily be held up with the above side pieces.

It's the best worm bin yet, and we still plan to build more.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I'm green with worm bin envy! Looks great!
Comment by chris Tue Jun 19 10:04:49 2012
Do the worms survive the winter ok in these worm bins?
Comment by Scott Tue Jun 19 13:07:33 2012

Chris --- I know! I'm highly impressed!

Scott --- See this post for a rundown on how a slightly smaller bin did over the last year. I think that if I'd managed it better, we would have come into spring with more worms, but we still had enough to repopulate the bin. Since this bin is slightly deeper, the worms should do even better.

Another option if you're worried about overwintering is to put the bin in the ground. But our groundwater is very high, so we didn't want the worms to drown, and I didn't want to leach a lot of nutrients out of the castings.

Comment by anna Tue Jun 19 16:55:06 2012

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