When it comes to composting your kitchen waste let worms go to work for you. To start buy a bin ( a plastic container like rubbermaid works well) or you can make your own. I prefer to use one made of plastic to keep under the sink for the simple reason that it won't leak and is easier to clean out. The bin should be about 1 foot high, 2 feet deep and 3 feet wide. This size will handle about 6 pounds of garbage per week. The average family of four has on average this amount per week. Fill the bin with about 10 pounds of shredded newspaper, one gallon of garden soil and about 4 gallons of water.
Once this is done your ready for your worms! Add 2 pounds of red worms, they are the best ones suited for to the conditions of your bin. I have also made worm composts with kids with worms from the garden it would take quite a while to get the amount needed for your compost but for a smaller idea it is a fun activity. Feed your worm army with fruit and vegetable trimming, coffee grounds, and table scraps. Avoid meat scraps, dairy products, bones and oil which can make your bin smelly.
Start slowly, adding no more than 2 or 3 pounds of trimmings at first, then more towards the end of the first week. Once your worms settle in they will easily handle 6 - 8 pounds per week.
To harvest your rich compost soil simply move the dark, crumbly finished material to one side of the bin and fill the vacan side with new, moistened bedding and some fresh garbage (yes, to your worm army garbage is fresh) Give the worms a few weeks to move to the new area, then removed the finished soil and lay down new material to keep your compost yielding you more rich soil.
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