- Buy a multi-tiered worm bin that includes a temperature guage and plastic rake.
- Find a place outside that stays in the shade (take the bin inside during freezing temperatures)
- Create a nest for your worms of shredded newspaper or printer paper (don’t use plastic coated paper or shredded magazines), a little dirt, dried leaves and the coconut shavings (first wet them) that come with the bin.
- Add your red worms and place a little pile of cut up raw or cooked vegetables along with the following options: garden cuttings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags or shredded paper towel. Do NOT feed the worms meat, dairy or citrus. Cover the pile of food with shredded paper to prevent flies.
- Keep the top level empty except for a layer of dried leaves and garden cuttings to prevent flies from moving in.
- Let the worms do their thing. Feed them every 10 days to two weeks. Check them weekly. Your worm bin should never smell bad – just like fresh earth.
- After a month of so, you can move some of the worms to the other levels so that you have three levels of worms working to create castings.
- Once a level seems to be getting full with castings, stop adding food on that level and those worms will make their way to the other levels.
Now you’re on your way to harvesting garden gold. Your veggies will thank you.
UPDATE 11/8/11: I’m happy to report that my worms are healthy, happy and making lots of casting poop.