Homemade Outdoor Vermicomposter

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Inspired by an article on building a worm composter that I read on Vegetable Gardener this morning, I decided to build one for myself.

Rather than driving down to the hardware store and spending money on supplies for my vermicomposter, I decided to check around the property to see if I had enough old scrap laying around to get this project done. Honestly, I found about 99% of what I needed and I only came up short a few screws required to secure the hinges to the lid. Luckily for me, I had a few 10 foot redwood 2×6’s that were part of an old deck that I used for the sides vermicomposter, and an old piece of 3/8 inch plywood that I used for the lid. This should amount to one of my cheapest projects ever.

I can’t wait to pick up the remaining screws that I need to finish my outdoor vermicomposter. Rather than overspending on screws at the hardware store, I plan to stop into the local surplus store. Murphy’s Surplus Warehouse not only has tons of electronic surplus, but they also have a huge selection of nuts, bolts, and screws. I’m sure I can find what I need to get this vermicomposter finished, and if I’m lucky, I might find some other goodies that will turn into another fun project.

Since vermicomposting is new territory for me, please stay tuned for updates. I’ll continue to add notes on my homemade outdoor vermicomposter as I add and care for the red wigglers.

Do you have experience with worm composting that you’d like to share with the rest of us? If so, leave us a comment!

One thought on “Homemade Outdoor Vermicomposter

  1. Well it seems like it took forever, but I finally got around to filling my homemade vermicomposter with good organic material this weekend. I added a small tub of 300 red wigglers today that originated from http://www.tiptopbio.com/

    I sure hope they’re happy with their new home. Let’s wait and see.

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