Get your private garbage collector
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CTA. 2001. Get your private garbage collector. Spore 94. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A few issues ago (More with worms, see Spore 90, page 9) we carried an article on raising worms. One can, besides feeding them to animals, also use them for compost making. Also, one can get rid of 3 kilos of garbage weekly. Take a shallow plastic...
A few issues ago (More with worms, see Spore 90, page 9) we carried an article on raising worms. One can, besides feeding them to animals, also use them for compost making. Also, one can get rid of 3 kilos of garbage weekly. Take a shallow plastic or wooden box (30 cm high by 60cm wide and 1 m long) with a dark lid or cover of black plastic to keep the bin dark and prevent the worms from drying out. Drill 20 holes (1 cm in diameter) in the top, sides and bottom to ensure good air circulation, which also keeps your bin odourless. Place the bin on bricks or blocks to encourage airflow. Put the box near the kitchen, on a porch, in a basement or shed. Worms thrive best between 13 and 27 °C. Tear newspapers into thin strips and layer them until the bin is two-thirds full. Sprinkle water to dampen the bedding. Spread two handfuls of soil over the bedding. Get half a kilo of worms (redworms are best: Eugenia fetid or try Lubricus rubella). Bury food scraps under the bedding. Avoid meat and greasy foods. After two or three months, you can start adding new bedding and food waste to one side of the bin. Within a few days, the worms will move to that side with fresh material and you can start to remove and use the compost from the other side. Adapted from: Organic Gardening, May 2001. Rodale Press 33 E Minor Street, Emmaus, PA 18098, USA Website: www.organicgardening.com Website: www.wormwoman.com