Your Green Life: "Workin' Worms"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Composting is a way to cut down the amount of waste that goes into a land fill and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that food waste releases into our atmosphere.

Many people assume that an apartment or town home can't have its own compost bin, but as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains, it's a simple and inexpensive home addition...in "Your Green Life."

"It's done indoors. It requires a temperature between 50 and 70 degrees which is just right for inside a building," said Ginny Black, the Organic Recycling Specialist for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Small storage bins are all you need to get started.

"I have 2, and they nest inside of each other. The reason why you want to do that is that the bottom bin really acts as a catcher of the worm tea. There is a lot of liquid in food. You need to catch the liquid. And so I've left the bottom bin intact but the bin that I have inside as you can see has holes in the bottom that I drilled with a drill," described Black.

Holes must also be drilled in the cover so you can keep it enclosed, dark, yet aerated at the same time.

Then it's time to prepare the bedding.

"I take leaves, wet them, so that when I take a handful of leaves and I squeeze them I get beads of moisture that form between my fingers. I put that in the bin and fill the bin about half way," said Stock

Then add about a pound Red Wigglers They are a special type of worm that can be ordered online.

Finally you start adding your organic kitchen scraps, and in just six to ten months.

"You create a product that is really beneficial to your plants. And it provides a little bit of nutrients, but it also holds water, so you don't have to water your plants as much," said Black.

For the Northland's NewsCenter, I'm meteorologist Shannon Murphy.

Ginny also says that indoor composts are smell–free, as long as you don't over water your bins.