Starting A Worm Compost Bin In My Kitchen

Posted on Nov 9 2009 - 5:30am by Mike Lieberman

I finally manned up and started the worm compost bin in my kitchen. It’s filled with newspaper, red worms and my food scraps.

I’m hoping that in doing this that I’ll be able to use more of my food scraps. I haven’t been able to add too many of my scraps to the aerobic compost bin that I have set up because it’s too small.

My hesitation in setting up the worm bin is putting in too much food and having the stink that I did back in the spring. I plan on taking it slow at first and see how the worms handle the food.

Do you have any horror stories in starting your worm bins?


20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. yardhalf November 9, 2009 at 7:50 am -

    I've had an indoor worm bin for about 4 years. Definitely had some funky periods while I was learning! Start slow, and as the worms grow, you'll get more capacity. Also, with a plastic bin, I leave the lid off most of the time and just layer moist cardboard on top — winter's the only time it gets dry enough for a plastic lid. I also use brown bags & cardboard to balance out the food scraps when it's getting too green or wet.

  2. Mike Lieberman November 9, 2009 at 9:49 am -

    Thanks for the advice. I'm likely going to leave the lid off to be safe.

  3. Claire Brown November 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm -

    i've made loads of mistakes with worms over the years, – now working in perfect harmony, – don't add citrus, egg shells, too much onion or avacados, do add loo rolls, and shredded security paper, (all your envelopes & junk mail with your address on) then the worms keep dry and eat the stuff you don't want to throw out

  4. Mike Lieberman November 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm -

    Awesome. Thanks Claire. Going to take it easy for the first week or so and let them get busy and acclimated. Then add more food.

    I love the fact that you said loo rolls.

  5. DeDe November 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm -

    Love my wormeries, but if you really want to be able to compost ALL your kitchen waste, I'd recommend starting a small bokashi bucket, too. In it, you can ferment anything your worms either don't like (onions, citrus, pasta) or aren't ready for yet. After the fermenting, the worms will eat the otherwise distasteful items, or you can finish it directly in your garden. Plus, the additional microorganisms are fabu for both worms and garden. It's a very complimentary system really.

  6. Mike Lieberman November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm -

    Never heard of the bokashi bucket. I'll have to look into it. I'll start small with the worms for now.


  7. DeDe November 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm -

    I understand, especially when space is limited. If you're interested in learning more is located in Brooklyn. (You have all the cool resources there.)

  8. Mike Lieberman November 22, 2009 at 9:50 am -

    Awesome. Thanks for the info and yes NYC does have the best resources.

  9. Mike Lieberman November 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm -

    Awesome. Thanks for the info and yes NYC does have the best resources.

  10. Rachael Ross February 1, 2011 at 1:41 am -
  11. Rachael Ross February 1, 2011 at 1:43 am -

    Very cool Mike! I have mine in my kitchen as well. Check out my Flickr photos of it:

  12. Mike Lieberman February 1, 2011 at 3:33 am -

    Nice. Is that a Worm Factory 360 that you are using as well?

  13. Natalie Currie February 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm -

    Hi Mike: This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. What is the smallest bin that can be used? Two of us living in a small condo. Big veggie and fruit eaters.

    Cheers and Happy Friday!


  14. Mike Lieberman February 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm -

    The smallest size would depend on how many worms you have.

  15. Cyndie May 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm -

     I’m going to follow your progress… I so want to do this, but not until September… so this is perfect timing!  Thanks for posting!

  16. Mike Lieberman May 23, 2011 at 3:10 am -

    Glad you likes, but I didn’t have much success with it. Finally got a proper worm bin that worked much better.

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