Wood Compost Bin
In most cases, the reason someone wants to build a wood compost bin is so they can do worm farming on a larger scale or to do composting in a more controlled environment. This article will discuss wooden wormbins.
The first thing I want to say is that worm farming is a year round hobby. Keep this in mind when you are building and placing your larger bins. If you don't plan on checking your worms at least weekly during the winter and summer, then you should rethink it. Worms will die if neglected.
No matter what kind of container you have your worms in, you must maintain a hospitable environment year round.
Still considering a wooden worm box?Here are some basics to keep in mind.
- Do NOT use chemically treated lumber
- Do NOT use stained wood
- Wax seal is ok
- Need to be fully enclosed with lid and bottom
Why must they be fully enclosed? MOLES and other predators that is why. A mole can eat a LOT of worms in one night. Then their mole friends find out and whammo! no more worms. Even if you have never seen a mole, they will find your place if it is not protected. I line my outdoor bins with hardware cloth or use solid bottom bins outdoors. Just like they say, prevention is worth its weight in gold.
Here is a plan on how to make a 2-3 person wood wormbin
Advantages of wood: they can be totally custom and they allow for moisture errors
Disadvantages of wood: they warp, rot and are prone to wood ants and termites
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