Rooting for You

HI EVERYONE!!!!! Spring is almost here!!!!!!!!!


Don’t let last week’s snow fool you. Or this week’s forecasted snow fool you either.



And you know what that means…….? Gardening Season!


I’m so excited!!! Can you tell?

I’ve been getting antsy for Spring, but since it’s too early in the year for starts, I harvested the “humus” from my worm farm instead.


Can I tell you how wonderful it smells? Just like the earth after a rain storm. Aaahhh.

The worm-humus goes into the soil for my house plants, and I guess I’ll let you know how the plants fare in a few weeks.

If you are interested in vermicomposting (composting with worms), then keep reading! Everything you need to know and/or purchase can be found at the website posted below.

Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm

They have compost bins, worms, organic fertilizer, seeds, etc., etc., etc.

I purchased my worms from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm in the dead of January last year. I ordered the smallest amount, which was 100, but you can order up to 10,000 if you want. For an apartment compost bin, 100 was enough. And the worms arrived alive! I was impressed.


Rather than buy a compost bin, I decided to save a bit of money and make one out of stuff I had at home. It was so easy!

Stuff I Used:

  • Two 23″x  16″ x 15″ bins

(It doesn’t really matter what size bin you use, but keep in mind that you need space for food scraps)

  • A drill with a 5/16″ drill bit

(Any size will work, but you want the holes you drill to be smaller than the worms. Or smaller than the diameter of a pencil)

  • Newspaper Scraps
  • Dirt
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape


The first bin, I left untouched. Honestly, I don’t know if that bin is needed. I liked the idea of stacking one bin inside the other in case the inside bin cracked or something.  For the second bin, I drilled holes in the lid and along the sides near the top for air flow.

I then tore newspaper in to strips, dipped them in water, and placed them criss-cross on the bottom of the bin. On top of the scraps, I place a bit of moistened potting soil for the worms to burrow into. Note: You don’t want the newspapers and soil to be too saturated. It should feel like a wrung out sponge.


There is a set of instructions that come with the worms, and honestly, I don’t remember what those instructions were. But I placed the worms on top of the garden soil and within a few hours they had burrowed into the soil.


With the paper and marker, I wrote a list of what could go into the compost bin and what couldn’t, and taped it to the lid.


Fruit and Veggie Scraps

Tea Bags

Coffee Grounds

Egg Shells

Shredded Paper

Shredded Cardboard: egg cartons, paper towel rolls, etc.


Dairy Product




Garlic and Onion

Processed or Cooked Food

Fats and Oils

Glossy or Colored Paper

I tossed in food scraps that I had been saving for a couple of days, and voila! Project Complete.

For the first week, the compost bin took a bit of adjusting. I came home one day to my apartment reeking like a garbage bin. It was horrible! I immediately threw open all the windows. In the dead of winter. Smelly and cold….

Luckily, I didn’t have a roommate at the time, who surely would have hated me!

I opened the bin, nose covered, and noticed there was a lot of moisture in the bin. It didn’t look right so I added dry shredded paper for absorption. I didn’t take long before the smell was gone. But the next day I came home to the same thing!

“My landlords are gonna kill me,” I thought.

Maybe there just wasn’t enough airflow? I drilled a few more holes into the lid, opened the windows again, took a drive for a few hours, and came back to a fresh smelling apartment.

The compost bin has NEVER smelled bad since.

If you’re doing things right, the bin should smell clean and earthy. (Aaaahh). You want a decent amount of moisture in the bin. However, if there is too much moisture with no air flow, just beware that house-mates might want to kill you. Your compost bin should NEVER smell like a trash bin. If it does, something is wrong.  

But don’t fret too much. Making adjustments was super simple. If I can figure it out, any one can.

So that’s that. I throw in my food scraps and the worms eat it. I’m not sure how long it’s “supposed” to take for food to break down, but after a year with the worms, I have a 5 gallon Lowe’s bucket full of earthy black gold!









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