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Project by McPheel posted 12-27-2016 01:28 PM 754 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing Fancy hear but very functional.

I have had three stacked up Tupperware containers with holes drilled in the bottoms acting as my worm composting bins for a few years now and i figured it was time to up my game.

I broke down a sheet of 3/4 melamine into this simple box, put it on casters and added a simple lid with ceder strip edging.

I used weed wacker wire as support for the bottom of the compost.

How it works: the compost rests on top of the wires and compresses enough to not fall through. As you stack food scraps, plant matter and even sawdust and shredded paper on top, the worms work their way from the bottom to the top, quickly multiplying their population and converting the food into castings that are great on the garden. When it is time to harvest i simply use a small hand rake and scrape away what i need into a small plastic bin. the compost above slowly settles down to the wires again and the cycle continues. One huge bonus is it doesn’t look cheap anymore which my wife loves and there is never any smell of rotting food matter (just a clean smell of earth).

One consideration for next time: The melamine didn’t work as good as I had hoped at rejecting the moisture from the compost, the walls of the bin are beginning to bow in and the tension of the wire is being reduced causing material to prematurely fall through. I will rebuild this soon with a moisture barrier.

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 06:05 AM

How will you keep the worms from going through the bottom, past the weed wacker wire. My worms constantly go through my mesh into the collector tray at the bottom.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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