How to Build Your Own Wormery Or Worm Farm

If you just heard about the magic of those ecological wormeries and you thought to yourself “I gotta have one of these!” and then “but I’m not ready to pay for it, what if something goes wrong?”, then you should probably know you can also build your own wormery at home, with a minimum of materials.

“In my dreams I built my own empire…” Linda Perry used to sing, but probably not to inspire you to build your own wormy empire. However, to cut it short, here’s a list of what you should have, to get started with your own wormery:

• A plastic or glass box (your big ol’ dusty aquarium will work perfect!) with a lid. Don’t forget about the lid detail! Also, it’s been said around that wooden boxes would work too, but if it’s one you made yourself, then it’s perhaps better not to use it, to avoid the bottom part getting compromised by the wet content of your wormery. Best option would be a large plastic box, because it’s easier to work with and hey, it’s lighter than a glass one, so it’s easier to change its location when you decide it doesn’t look so good near your plasma TV anymore.

If you’re about to experience for the very first time some winter vermicomposting, then you better get ready for it. Vermicomposting during the winter can be as hassle free, just as long as you know the right care and maintenance for it.

Worms, like red wiggler worms for example, are smart and are quite the thinkers. So when it comes to a chilly situation, they make it a point to locate the warmest spot in their bin. Even under wintry forms, worms are able to function as normal, and also stay alive as long as there’s food left for them to eat. You also don’t have to worry about the eggs that your worms will lay afterwards, as these cocoons will have a higher chance of surviving freezing conditions, even for a long time. They will still be able to hatch normally (in time for spring); and still have the strong appetite to eat.

What can you do to help your composting worms to survive during the winter?

There are a lot of things that you can do to help your red worms to be kept warm and alive during winter. Here are a few things that you can do to make your worm composting project still possible under wintry weather.

The first thing that you can do is to bury your vermicomposting bin deep under the ground (it’ll be to your advantage if you had a yard to bury your bin in, or a piece of land that you can use to do this for the winter season). Make sure that it is in contact with the earth. Since the ground is fairly and always warmer compared to the layers of ice on the surface, you can partially bury your worm bin so that parts of its base and sides can still absorb most of the heat from the soil.

The second step that you can do is to use geothermal heating. You should never forget that your worm compost bin still needs to be air-exposed. But under a very cold temperature, you’ll need to improvise on providing your bin some oxygen that isn’t winter cold. So, provide a hole in your bin for where long tubes can be attached into. You’re going to need the tubes attached to your bin, so that hot air may flow into it to help warm the previously cold air.

The third step that you can do is to insulate the bin to keep and save-in the heat. What you can further do is to keep the bin filled with lots of loose bedding. This can be in the form of newspaper shreds. But make sure to provide presoaked ones by the bottom (should be nearest to the worms), and dry ones all the way to the surface. Dry newspaper shreds can help insulate the bin more.