Garden to Kitchen, Tasty-Great Times & No Food Waste

Worm Bin No Odor Recipe

Written By Chef Yapo

ADD ingredients to your bin every 5, typically 7-14 days and up to 3 weeks, for active bin
Remove lid of bin only when adding ingredients.
Worms stop working for 24 hours when lid is opened, so keep it closed! 
Remove your damp cover newspaper or egg crate to reveal the feeding zone
Put equal volume of Greens to Browns + water (not puddles but moistens the browns) + airflow (3 inches from side slots and wall or fence) = organically generated plant food for future gardens.
Replace cover newspaper/egg crate before closing lid on bin.
Leave closed until next ADD or HARVEST
Every quarterly - semi-annually after 1st HARVEST (9-12 months after starting worm bin)
Use cardboard to pile worm castings
Build/form mountains of castings during daylight, the worms dive down to escape light
Remove tops of casting mountains for use
Redo mountains and repeat until worms have no were to go
Sweep worms back into your worm bin
Use castings as you would fertilizer, water plants well after applying around roots
If worms make it to gardens, no worries
The smaller the items you put in, the faster you will organically generate castings (plant food) and worm tea (1 part worm tea to 10 parts water) a natural insect repellent (does not kill insects, just wards them off)
Before ADD, consider what is in that items for edible or ornamental uses
Creepy crawlers (bugs) in your bin are part of the decomposition process, keep or evict
No matter how neglected the bin is, it’s nature and still working, just slower, so ADD Browns and start anew
Worms populate to the environment of your bin then stop growing, share worms with others and worms will re-populate accordingly
Storing Greens by keeping them in back and bottom of refrigerator in draw or container
You can keep food scraps outside, though minimize it prior to storing outside


WORMS (red wigglers, NOT earth worms)
Best Choice – Adopt some from others that have active worm bins
Or buy them by searching online for local places for “red wigglers”

GREENS (Nitrogen)
Cut items into smallest you have time to do
Any vegetable, plant (stem, skin, cut seed) EXCEPT onion + hot peppers (capsaicin) 
All fruit (stem, skin, cut seed) EXCEPT citrus (orange, pineapple...) 
Any kitchen nitrogen (used coffee grounds & food scraps) 
DO NOT ADD any meat, dairy, oil, butter, vinegar, any sauces 
(A dab of butter or oil drizzle on any veggie is OK)
DO NOT ADD any yard scraps

BROWNS (Carbon)
Minimized, tear, shred up any starch (rice, dough, pasta)
Newspaper - Torn into small pieces (SD Union Tribune newspaper uses soy ink based)
Tear/shred any paper products including egg crates & brown paper
DO NOT ADD seeds
DO NOT ADD plastic, though you’ll find plenty, rise above plastic (Surfrider campaign)
DO NOT ADD paper with ink, especially if you plan for edible garden

Use rolling pin to crush up, sprinkle over bedding to enable worms to use like teeth.

Amass enough Greens & Browns to start your bin at least 3’’ depth for the worms on first day

20 minutes to ADD
Less than 1 hour to HARVEST

NEVER TURN worm bin bedding because the worms do all the TURN necessary.  

Worm Bin (ie, Wiggly Ranch in 2 foot space with at least 3 sides clear for air flow)
Hand Shovel
Cardboard Box (to HARVEST worm castings)
Container/Drawer space in refrigerator to hold premium food scraps assigned for worms
Indoor counter top pail w/ lid (optional)

No Food Waste