Composting with WORMS!

January 27, 2009 at 4:45 am 4 comments

I took a composting 101 class down at Park + Vine the other week. I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed by the thought of composting. I’m not a gardner and I never learned anything about gardening. At times I pretend like I am and I will buy plants and weed and do ‘gardeny’ things, but I usually end up neglecting the plants and they end up dying.
That’s why I like the thought of composting. Instead of trying to keep something alive, I’m helping to speed up the decaying process. As weird and twisted as it sounds, I like this.
So this class helped me get started.  We learned the basics on composting.  We can buy expensive bins or we can make them ourselves.  The key seems to be in the mixture of greens and browns.  All very exciting stuff. 

However, what actually got me pumped up was the vermicomposting!  This is more my speed – Have a bunch of pet worms make the dirt for you!  Its perfect.  I’m ready to get started.  I’m tired of throwing my food scraps in the empty lot next door to me.    This type of composting is actually perfect for people who have little to no yard, or they live in the city or apartment complexes. 

Our class didn’t focus very much on this type of composting, so I’ve looked elsewhere to get me started.   All you need is a plastic tub and a pound of worms.  Here is a very helpful site from the self proclaimed “worm woman.”  It seems easy and fun to do.  If you’ve got kids this is a great way to teach them about composting and to have fun at the same time!  Now I’ve got to go find somewhere to buy a pound of worms….

For Step by Step Instructions Click here


Entry filed under: Composting, Green Landscaping.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kevin LeMaster  |  January 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    This can be done in offices as well.

    I was on a tour of Emersion Design over on Mentor Avenue, and they’re doing it there. I tried to take a photo of the worms, but it didn’t turn out so great.

  • 2. Justin  |  February 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Let me know when you find a good place to buy worms. We’ve been meaning to start for months but the only place we’ve found to buy worms locally is Worms Way and they are like $40 a pound and all the way down in Frankfurt. The price tag and distance has been enough to blunt our ambitions. We’ve asked around at Park and Vine and City Roots for them to start carrying them but nothing so far.

    • 3. encorecincinnati  |  February 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm

      Hey Justin – go to Pet Smart! Ask for red worms… good luck!

  • 4. chad edwards | emersion DESIGN  |  March 12, 2009 at 11:51 am

    If anyone needs some worms, please feel free to call and stop by.
    You can go to our web site for contact and directions:


    We already had some graduate. Some UC students stopped by a few months ago. Now they are vermicomposting in studio. Those worms… they grow up so quickly…


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