Constructing a home-made bin


We explain and illustrate the most simple and least expensive way to construct a home vermi-composting system.

Begin with a 9 gallon Rubbermaid Roughneck tub - as illustrated in the first photo (below). Because you will need to drill holes in it for air, you might want to avoid the harder, almost transparent planstic storage tubs which have a tendency to crack when the holes are being drilled. Drill 3/8" holes on a 3-4 inch grid on the top, the bottom, and all four sides. (The worms will not leave the bin because they are photophobic--they avoid light. They also want to stay where it is dark, damp and a food source.)



Fill the bin about 1/3 to 1/2 full of shredded, saturated with water newspaper  as illustrated in photo 2. Avoid all the shiny sections, the "blow ins" that might be included with the newspaper. The colored newsprint is fine since the colors are soy-based. Plunge the shredded paper into a bucket of water  until is is saturated and then squeeze it lightly and put it, still dripping, into the bin.


Then, place your redworms and a portion of the food material and castings that was in their prior bin on top of the wet newspaper. Add the food for them and finish filling the bin with wet, shredded newspaper. Put the lid on the bin and you are done. The worms are ready to go to work.



Miss Gardening? Grow Green Beans Indoors This Winter


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For gardeners who just can’t stand to keep their hands out of the soil for any length of time, growing food indoors in containers can be a great pastime during the winter months.


Green beans are a relatively quick-growing vegetable that can be grown inside your home and also look quite beautiful, as well.


Plants that you are growing indoors can be started any time of the year, but you still need to remember that they have certain environmental requirements. Green beans need plenty of light, so you will need to place them in a part of your home where they can get a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. Alternatively, grow lights can work if you do not have a window that gets enough sun.