The Workbench: Worm bin home for a cast of thousands


    Build a wooden worm bin, above, or modify a plastic storage bin, even if you don’t have enough room or sunlight for traditional composters.

Here's a win-win weekend project that will help you turn food waste into garden compost using red wiggler worms. Build a wooden worm bin similar to ones used by Anson Biller, manager of Taproot Farm at Sebastopol-based Permaculture Skills Center.

Or modify a plastic storage bin, a system used by Rick Kaye, founder of the Healdsburg-based Compost Club. Both are good choices for people without enough room or sunlight for traditional composters.

Building a wooden worm bin

Tools required:

Electric or battery-powered drill

1/8-inch and half-inch drill bits

1 pound 2-inch-long No. 10 galvanized Phillips-head deck screws, or 8d galvanized nails

Measuring tape, pencil and straight-edge

Handsaw or power saw

Pry-bar or wood chisel to remove pallet slats

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