Kitchen scraps get collected in a bucket under my sink.
Hungry Bin worm farm
Waste, including paper & cardboard in my worm farm. Happy worms are feeding just below the surface!
Enriched 'worm tea' collects below the worm farm (weighed down with rocks because I live in a windy city!)
Worm tea feeds my garden (excuse the weeds :^)
I enjoy coming up with ways that I can reduce my household waste that gets sent to landfill – and am especially interested in ways I can do it which create benefits right where I live. Aside from composting food waste + paper and cardboard for my garden I also have a worm farm.
I use a
Hungry Bin worm farm (awesomely designed here in New Zealand!) – but you can also
make your own. I keep food scraps in a bucket under my sink and add torn pieces of paper and cardboard from time to time as well. They even like the fluff out of my vacuum cleaner!
When the bucket is full, I tip it into my worm farm where it feeds my worms as it decomposes. Enriched 'worm tea' collects at the bottom of the bin and I can dilute this to use as a plant food in my garden. Currently it's autumn here so I am feeding my leeks, spinach, Swiss chard, celery and the last of my green beans. Every so often I take the bottom layer of decomposed matter out of the bin which forms super rich compost, to give my soil a boost. Even better, I often add scrap cuttings from the garden and waste from vegetables I've harvested back into the worm farm – making it a virtuous circle.
Other friends I know who have worm farms + gardens like chatting about how our worms are going and laugh about them affectionately as pets :^) One friend slowly feeds in her shredded tax records when they expire after 7 years (genius to think that they're now feeding her garden and family!) Kids love checking out what the worms are up to – which makes them more likely to get involved in taking out the recycling bucket than just throwing it on the compost heap.
How might we get more people excited about composting and using worm farms? How might we connect folks without gardens with those who have – or with community /commercial gardens – for this kind of recycling?