Why a worm bin?
It’s a great supplement (but not a replacement) for a compost pile. You now longer have to feel bad when you need to get rid of vegetable peels, egg shells and fruit past its prime. All of your green waste, give it to the worms!
To make your own you will need:
Rectangular plastic storage bin with lid (any size)
Dirt, leaf clippings, etc
It is best to keep your bin indoors so the temperature can stay between 50 and 75 degrees F
Try to get local worms-from a friend or go hunting. Look in spring and fall for smaller, purplish worms, living close to surface of soil. Make a trap-bury something they adore-squash, leftover oatmeal, wet bread- about an inch under soil or leaf litter.
Co back about 3 days later and grab about 1 cup to get started. If you only have a handful, that’s ok, it will just take things longer to get going
Worm varieties and types:
Red worms-easily found (Lubricous rubellas) adjust to life in bin very well
Red, purple, tiger-striped-preferred habitats are compost & manure piles (Eugenia fetid) sold for worm bins
more info at Mary Janes Farm
Or you can do like I did and purchase your own at UncleJimsWormFarm