Written by Miguel Valdovinos, Education & Curriculum

It is springtime and it is time to start planting your favorite fruits, vegetables, and flowers in your garden! It is important to have healthy and nutritious soil for your plants to thrive. Instead of going to your local hardware store to buy a large bag of potting soil, you can instead try installing a Vermiculture Bin!

What is a Vermiculture bin?

A vermiculture bin is a form of composting that involves worms and is a perfect way to create a more self-sustaining garden. 

How does it work?

You will need a 5-gallon bin, a drill, bedding (i.e soil, coir, sand, or shredded paper), worms, compost (i.e fruits, vegetables, grains, eggshells, coffee grinds, etc), and a sheet of cardboard to protect your gold!

The worms happily eat the food scraps in the bin and will eventually leave the bins through the drilled holes around the bucket. The worms will then travel around the garden to spread their healthy and beneficial castings. The castings will help create a healthy, nutritious, and aerated soil for your plants to thrive! So if you are looking for a way to reduce food waste sent to the landfill, combat climate change, and save money; a vermiculture bin is a perfect solution! 


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