Keeping worms indoors can pose problems. I did battle with fruit flies. Bowls of vinegar in the container kept it under control, along with a thick layer of newspaper over the food scraps. As soon as the weather warmed, they were moved to the garage for the remainder of the season.
I am trying something new. Worm towers. Rather than keep worms in a Rubber Maid container, the worms are housed in a tower in the garden.
- I used a 4” PVC pipe.
- About 15 3/4” holes were drilled in the bottom half of the pipe.
- A hole was dug in the garden.
- The pipe was inserted into the hole so that all the drilled holes were covered.
- A layer of crushed leaves was added to the bottom.
- A layer of damp shredded newspaper came next.
- Then two dozen composting worms (red wigglers). $3.00 at our local bait shop.
- They were covered with another layer of wet newspaper.
- The tower was covered with a terra cotta pot saucer to keep flies and critters out.
After sitting for a day, I added chopped up potato peels. Worms will eat just about all your kitchen vegetable scraps especially if they are chopped up into tiny pieces (no meat, no dairy, no fat, no spicy foods like onion or garlic). The next morning I checked on the worms and discovered castings up and down the side of the tower. The worms eventually will find the holes in the sides of the pipe and enter and exit the tower, depositing their castings throughout the garden. A search on google images shows several gardens with these worm towers in every raised bed.