Fortunately, she lives only 25 minutes away by car, so on Saturday, Green Guy and I drove over to pick it up. It's one of those Can-O-Worms brand stacking bins, and I am so excited to begin worm composting with it! In fact, I've already prepared the bin for when my worms arrive later this week, which is what this post is all about.
Before I get into the details of preparing the worm bin, here's a fun side note: I met Janet through the online bicycling community through her blog, One woman. Many bicycles. She blogs about how to be a bicycle commuter in heels, dresses, and without messing up your hair, and she provides really practical advice for all kinds of bicycle topics! After "meeting" each other online, we finally met in person at the National Bike Summit in D.C. this past March, and we were both at the Silicon Valley Bike Summit a couple weeks ago. It's fun to know people mostly online and then see them in real life! Please visit her blog, like her Facebook, and follow her on Twitter for some really helpful bicycling advice, information, and stories. Thank you again for the worm bin, Janet!
So, worm composting. I had read about it online about a week ago and decided that it sounded way too fun not to give it a try! Plus, it will allow us to put our food scraps to use in the garden instead of tossing them in the trash since San Jose doesn't have a food scraps program as part of its waste collection.
I spent some time reading articles, gardening blog forums, and figuring out how this all works. It's very simple, really, but the more I read, the more I find out about how to do it most effectively. I just can't wait for the worms to arrive so I can get started--which is why I got a head start and set up the bin yesterday even though the worms won't arrive until later this week by mail.
A close up of the coffee grounds and shredded filter off to one side. After adding food scraps, I scattered a handful of dirt on top of everything to provide some gritty material for the worms.
Now I let nature takes its course and begin to break down some of this food so that by the time the worms arrive, it's ready for them to begin living their little worm lives in there.
I'll be sure to post photos once the worms arrive and settle in!
Thanks for reading!