I have been wanting to have a Vermiculture (worm) Compost Bin for the absolute longest time... but was always worried they'd escape, and I also wanted to keep the aesthetic of it modern looking. The ones that I did see were, let's be real, hideous. The ones that were adorable, were pricey, but really tiny. Then I did find one that was pretty reasonable, however, it was going to cost $400. I'm sorry, in this pandemic / lockdown, that was just too much for me. So, I decided to build one. I had the idea in my head, just needed to ink it down on paper..er, laptop.
I designed this thing 3 times. The first time, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. Then I started calculating the cost, and it was going to be roughly $125. Not bad since the one online was going to be $400-without the cost of the soil, plants, and worms. I go online, and what do you know? The wood I want is out of stock.
Ok, back to the drawing board-literally.
I designed a new plan, and this one actually came out much cheaper than what I'd had, and I was excited about that, because then I could get better soil. This new idea came out to only $75. I go online to reserve the wood, and what do you know, it's all sold out. Again. Ok... whooooo-saw, I can do this.
I then checked to see what they had, and decided to use Cedar Fence material instead because they had PLENTY of some dog-eared fence material. And it was cheaper. Now, it was only going to be $60. And that included the soil, and the items needed for the worm bin inside.
I get to the store, and what do you know, the size I needed was gone, but they had a 3.5" width instead of the 5.5" width. OK... Had to bust out my tape measure and figure this out again. It actually worked out better price wise. So I got the 3.5" Cedar Fence boards and everything else and went at it.
13 3.5" x 6' long Cedar Fence Boards
2 2x2 fence posts
4 Cinder Blocks
1 Milk Crate (from Target - it was $4!)
1 medium Tray (also from Target, it came in as a set of 2 for $2)
Landscaping / Weed fabric
3 bags of soil
1 bag of worms (250 red wigglers)
4x4 wood post (I had one from my scrap bin - but check out if your local Home Depot or Lowes has a few scrap 2x4 you can use!)
Window Screen (this is not necessary, you can also use the Landscaping Fabric with some holes poked through
Miter Saw (Not necessary, but it helped me out!)
Circular Saw (Again, not necessary, you can do this with a handsaw, but I have noodle arms)
Power Drill (I recommend this)
Orbital Sander (Not Necessary, you can hand sand it if you'd like a good arm workout)
For more pics you can visit my instagram link here.