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This is the flow through worm bin that I make and use.  It is the size of a standard 13-gallon kitchen garbage can.  It takes up very little room and is very affordable.

This is the flow through worm bin that I make and use. It is the size of a standard 13-gallon kitchen garbage can. It takes up very little room and is very affordable.

 

A couple of healthy Red Wiggler Worms from Worms And Stuff. We have red wiggler worms, flow through worm bins, and finished vermicompost for sale.

Welcome to Worms And Stuff! We are an Alaskan owned and operated company whose focus is on providing Red Wiggler worms and in-home worm compost bins (worm farms) for keeping excess garbage including kitchen scraps and paper products out of the landfill while producing nature’s finest fertilizer — worm castings or vermicompost.

This web site is set up to provide information on composting with worms, how to set up and maintain bins, how to prevent or solve any possible problems that may arise, and general information on vermicomposting. Please check our “Helpful Articles” page often as new articles are written at least three times per week.

In the spring and summer, we will be setting up at some of the farmers markets in the Anchorage / Mat-Su area.  We will post on our site when and where we will be providing worms, flow through worm bins, and finished compost.  We are available for sales of worms, bins, and compost year round in beautiful Chugiak, Alaska.  Please check out the Contact Us page on this site for further information.

We hope you enjoy this site.  Feel free to ask any questions about any article or posting, or add your own experiences that you may have with composting with worms.

Sincerely, Sandy, Owner of Worms And Stuff

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  1. kathi trow

    I think thi is a wonderful idea. Excellent recycling !
    Kathi Trow, Massachusetts

    1. admin

      Thanks, Kathi!

  2. Julie

    I have been enjoying your You Tube videos on worm Composting. Very helpful. Thanks for doing that.

    1. admin

      Thanks Julie! Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see in a You Tube video. I am always open to suggestions! -Sandy

  3. john

    I saw your video on eggshells how often would you feed eggshells to your worms…???
    Thanks

    1. admin

      Hi John! I have two regular in-home worm bins — a Worm Factory 360 and my flow through design. We probably eat about 8 eggs on average per week (we have chickens, so we probably eat more than most people, and the eggshells are much thicker than those in store-bought eggs). All of those shells get toasted, blended, and added to my two bins. But, it might take me a couple weeks before I get around to toasting and blending them. Occasionally I might give a little of the eggshell to one of my breeding bins of worms that I sell, not very often. The worms always seem to enjoy this addition, and the day after I add the powdered eggshells, they are wriggling around in it.

  4. Tom

    I have watched all your videos and have enjoyed them. Your videos are of good quality and your explanations have been very good. Keep up the good work!!! I have had a worm factory 360 for about a month now. The directions were a bit vague on a few points, but in spite of that, my worms seem to be healthy and thriving. I am using your eggshell process and have also added the extra bin with dry bedding on top per your recommendation. Both good ideas.

    1. admin

      Hi Tom! Thanks for the compliments on my videos! Sometimes I worry that I am too wordy. Every time I think I will make a super short video, it turns out to be a lot longer than I had planned! I hope you have looked through some of my “Helpful Articles” too. I try to include things that I learned that I hope will benefit others. Vermicomposting is such a fun hobby, and there is always more to learn. Good luck with the eggshells! I just added some to my flow through bin the other day. Yesterday when I checked on them, they were all rolling around through the eggshells. I think they would have been smiling if they could!

  5. Elizabeth Merrill

    Sandy,
    Great job. This is a great idea. Your are very thorough; I like it.

    Elizabeth

    1. admin

      Thanks, Elizabeth!!

  6. Erika

    I have two questions. Is chlorine in tap water harmful to worms as it is in many other invertebrates? Is this a concern when wetting the bedding material? Do you freeze, or any other procedure, to protect the worm bin from pests brought in on produce? I saw that you didn’t chop or blender the pumpkin before adding, is this your normal routine? You seem to have great success with your worm bin! I’m hoping it can be this simple. Have read other materials, and talked with other people, that make it much more complicated. I’m hoping I can bury my waste in the worm bedding without freezing or putting it in the blender. Eggshells are a different matter I realize, and am willing to do that part. Hope to order from you soon!

    1. admin

      Hi Erika! I agree that you should keep the process as simple as possible! Whatever works easiest for you is the best route!

      I have heard a lot of discussion that the chlorine in tap water can be harmful to worms. I have always had well water, so I just can’t tell you from personal experience. If you use any type of water filter for your own drinking water, you should probably also use it for your worms. Letting water sit out for a day or so will allow the chlorine to dissipate, but whatever you find easiest will be best. You could collect rainwater, or use water from a fish tank when doing partial water changes?

      Worm food generally does best when it is cut up. However, I do enjoy laying down a nice, big piece of pumpkin every now and then. I find it amusing to watch the worms attack it en masse! Cut up your food pieces as small as is convenient for you. I keep a food processor container right under my sink. Breaking down the food allows for the worms to eat it even faster. You can keep a container right in your freezer for collecting scraps. When it thaws, it will be nicely broken down for your worms, and the freezing can help cut down the chance of getting fruit flies.

      When you start with your worms, four things will keep everything running well: do not overfeed, maintain appropriate water/moisture (no excess water at the bottom of the system), add plenty of bedding (paper/cardboard), and occasionally add powdered eggshells. Everything else becomes a matter of preference and convenience. A worm bin in your home does it require much work on your part, and it only becomes easier with time and experience.

      Thanks for your questions, and let me know when you would like to pick up your red wigglers!

  7. Julie

    Sandy- I have been using your tip in grinding my egg shells up in my Magic Bullet ($.50 at an estate sale!). Works great. I also have been grinding or chopping food so they can eat it faster, and if I have more than I can feed my worms at one time, I put the excess in a zip loc in the freezer. Then I thaw it out the night before I feed them. I use a spray bottle to wet the bedding and there is chlorine in it and the worms are still thriving. I might suggest that restaurants have TONS of egg shells that they most likely throw away. (a good free source)……I got about 3 5 gallon buckets of empty shells one week from where I work and ground them all up in the MB. I got 5 plastic mayo jars full of ground egg shells. Will last a long time (but wont be doing that again soon). Restaurants also have used (free) egg carton flat containers that the worms love to roam around in. I tear them up in quarters, then soak them for a few minutes, then tear them into smaller chunks. They tear easily when damp. Having worms is also about the fun of it and like you, seeing what they like to eat. A soggy hot dog bun, mashed stale bran flake cereal, browning mashed bananas. It’s great fun and good for the fertilizer. Thanks again for setting me on the right track!! Love your videos.!

    1. admin

      Hi Julie! Wow — I love your ideas for keeping stuff out of the landfill. I really think it is a great idea to turn what is generally considered garbage into a valuable commodity! Thanks so much for sharing! I know what you mean about the eggshells. I have a friend who volunteers at a “soup kitchen.” One day, she saved all the eggshells for me. They will last me a long, long time!

  8. Lynn T

    If I might, I have a comment for Erika. I too worried about chlorine in my tap water, but soon learned not to be. Someone on a different forum suggested (since I also have about 200 gals worth of aquariums – 4, not all in 1!) I use my chlorine test to see just how much there is. I actually contacted my city to confirm the results, and the % is so low that it doesn’t affect worms. Cities/water authorities will vary from season to season, but the microbes they are controlling with the chlorine are so sensitive to it that it truly doesn’t take much, If you are concerned, an inexpensive test kit from a pet store can give you a local result.

    And, of course, after I did all this, my husband pointed out that watering in the garden with a hose on city water never hurt an earthworm, and I totally stopped thinking about chlorine, LOL!

    1. Erika

      Thanks Lynn:)
      Good info

    2. Wayne

      Chlorine in the water may not hurt the worms, but it will kill the beneficial microbes in the soil. It’s best to use rain water or filtered city water.

  9. Marie

    Do your pvc’s go thru the trash can on both sides? What kind of seal did you use?

    1. admin

      Yes, the PVC pipes stick out an inch or two on both sides. I seal around them with drinking water safe caulk. Here is the link to the photo gallery with instructions.

      http://www.wormsandstuff.com/2012/12/17/want-to-build-your-own-flow-through-worm-bin-here-are-complete-directions-with-photos/

  10. Aaron

    If your worm tries to go out of your bin what do you do? love your website and your youtube page. =) ;)

    1. admin

      For the most part, worms stay in the bin if it is properly maintained. If worms are trying to escape, there is likely a problem. When a bin is newly set up, you may want to keep it in a lit room for two or three days until they settle down from their stressful journey.

  11. Tom Bergstrand

    Hello again,
    Quick question. Since you have a winter to end all winters I was wondering what you do with the castings you collect when it’s REALLY cold? How do you keep them viable for use in the Spring? Thanks.

    1. admin

      Hi! I store extra castings in plastic buckets/tubs in our heated garage. Basements would also work well for keeping them around. Allow for some air to flow in so leftover worms/cocoons do not die.

  12. Tom Bergstrand

    Thank you.

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