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Building an INground bin

Posted by rjinga middle ga, zone 8 (My Page) on
Wed, May 27, 09 at 7:59

I'm still sorting out what type of worm bin will work best for me and how best to manage a bin in general (how much food, where to put it so that it stays as cool as possible, as we get some pretty hot summers here and it would have to be outside, also I've realized that I accumulate a LOT of scraps daily. I dont have room to freeze it all and I could compost it outside, but I figured, if I'm going to compost it, I might as well make an inground WORM den, entice the locals to come for a snack, maybe take up residence?

So my thinking was to dig something like a trough, a long somewhat narrow trench, filled in with all the right stuff (bedding, compost, scraps etc) and that I could literally move the "herd" (assuming there is one) from one end to the other as I had more food scraps etc. and harvest what they leave behind as I go?

Question: what depth would be best

This trench would be smack down the middle of my garden so I'm wondering what would work well to cover it all over with? to keep critters out?

I was thinking I could lay a long strip of chicken wire over the top at ground level, and then maybe cover that with chunks of hay or straw? that way it could be easily moved aside to add ingredients to it but would create a barrier for unwanted visitors? I even considered framing some chicken wire onto some long 2x2's so that I could lift if up all at once...

well any comments, thoughts, suggestions would be welcomed.

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RE: Building an INground bin

Bentley over at, did trench composting last summer. Take a look at his experience. And be sure sure to follow the January wrap-up link at the bottom of his page.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Vermicomposting tench

RE: Building an INground bin

You could do windrow or trench composting. The worms can come and go, and you'd attract native worms as well.
Do a google and you should get lots of ideas.

RE: Building an INground bin

There was a earlier thread that touched on some of these points.

Here is a link that might be useful: Can Eisenia Foetida be added to the garden?

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