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My Wriggly Ranch Worm Bin

A couple weeks after I got started vermicomposting, I found out that my county provides subsidized worm bins, i.e. Wriggly Ranch, so I ordered one. Here it is, I bought a piece of porous fabric to drap over it to make it harder for any gnats or flies to get in. I'm still working on the first "level" of this bin.

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Comment by Rein on May 9, 2008 at 11:56am
Do you keep that wormery inside the house???
Mine have to live outside in the garden - I love them dearly, but not that close :D
Comment by Steven Chow on May 9, 2008 at 12:02pm
Yes, I keep them inside my apartment in a corner of a hallway where it isn't in the way. It used to produce some minor odors, but after I started put the food under a couple sheets of damp newspaper, it became odorless.. you can't even tell it is in the house anymore.
Comment by Carl on October 13, 2008 at 10:15am
Speaking of interior decorating with worm homes here's a small dining room table. That same artist has done other work with worms as well.
Comment by Gaia Steward on December 29, 2008 at 8:36pm
You could use Typar landscape fabric to cover the bin as well. It's the only thing I've found with pores small enough to prevent fungus gnats and fruit flies out while maintaining air flow into the bin.
Comment by Steven Chow on December 30, 2008 at 3:35pm
@Gaia I had trouble finding material that had small enough pores. This fabric I found in the discount bin at Joann's has very small pores I believe it is normally used for making curtains or dresses. It only cost a couple dollars and has the added benefit of looking kinda fancy (although looks weren't really that much of a consideration.. was primarily interested in keeping out as many insects as possible).
Comment by Steven Chow on April 15, 2009 at 11:55am
I wish I could take credit for the dramatic effect of the worm bin cover, but I just went to Joann's, a hobby/crafts store in my area, and poked around in their super discount fabrics section and got what was cheapest. You're right though I think this fabric is intended to be used on some wedding veil or fancy curtains or something. Btw, it works really really well to keep the gnats and flies out. I haven't had any gnats / flies in my bin since I covered it with this veil and it has been almost a year now. I do see an occasional (once a month or something I see a single one or so) one-off gnat or fly scouting out around the outside of the bin as I'm sure they can still smell the wonderful goodness inside the bin... but unfortunately for them they can't seem to find out how to actually get in anymore :).
Comment by Anna Rich on May 10, 2009 at 5:09pm
I thought it was dressed up for company.

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