Earthworms will eat food and paper scraps. The waste from the worms–called casts–is wonderful compost to grow plants in.
I started my own earthworm bin recently. My bin is a plastic container with a lid. My husband helped me prepare the container by drilling air holes in the lid, sides and bottom.
Following are the instructions that I followed:
1. With a 1/4 inch drill bit, randomly make about 30 holes in the bottom of the bin as well as in its lid.
2. With a 1/16 inch drill bit, make two rows of holes around the top of the bin.
3. Place a piece of cardboard inside the bin. The cardboard should cover the bottom of the bin.
4. Tear newspaper into strips about 1 inch wide.
5. Cover the cardboard in the bin with a layer of newspaper strips.
6. With a spray bottle filled with water, spray water on the layer of paper strips.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 eight time so that you have 10 layers of paper. Then press the layers down so that their height is about 4 to 5 inches. You want the papers moist, but not dripping wet.
1. For more information about worms, watch the video prepared by Meet Me At the Corner.
2. Additional information about starting a worm bin can be found here- WORM COMPOSTING