Eggshells Help Your Worm Composting Bin

Households that compost kitchen scraps with worms typically use up a dozen or more eggs per week. It’s tempting to toss them right into the kitchen scrap bucket for composting. After all, eggshells are all-natural left-overs from food preparation. However, Uncle Jim has two suggestions for putting eggshells into your vermicomposting bin: crush them, and don’t over-do it! Why Eggshells There are several reasons to put eggshells in your worm bin. Eggshells provide calcium, which reduces acidity in the bin. This prevents high acid conditions that can harm your worms. Also, crushed eggshells provide grit to aid the worms’ digestion. And, it is believed that eggshells help worms in the reproductive process. Crush the Eggshells Eggshells are useful to vermicomposting bins because they help reduce the PH of the entire bin contents to make it less acidic. This is not something the casual worm composting enthusiast needs to worry about too much. Our Red Wiggler composting worms are quite hearty and can survive without much attention. More serious hobbyists take the time to measure PH of the bin bedding. Throwing in a handful of crushed eggshells once in a while adds slow-release calcium, which helps keep the PH down. The best technique for handling eggshells is to rinse them and let them air dry. After several dozen pile up, crush them with a mortar and pestle or any hard object. This should quickly result in powdered eggshells. Sprinkle them on top of your worm bin. You can choose to work them in …

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How to Make Your Own Composter for Worms

If you want to take an inexpensive short-cut, make a simple worm composting system using a tote! If you’re on a tight budget, or just want to get started right away, watch Uncle Jim’s video: How to Make a Worm Composter in a Tote on YouTube. There are plenty of feature-rich composters on the market. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm hascomposters with multiple trays for easy harvesting, a spigot to drain fluid, and composters that roll or spin. If you don’t want to handle a power tool, order the Worm Friendly Habitat. Red Wigglers are specifically suited for composting in a bin. Uncle Jim has been breeding hearty Red Wigglers for over 30 years — order Red Wigglers now!

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