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Use what you have to get what you want!

What did I want?  A worm bin! 

My path to permaculture has lead me to appreciate what these little creatures can do. Worms help with fertility, proper moisture levels, soil aeration, bacterial and fungal inoculation just to name a few of their benefits.

I took a survey of scraps from previous projects. My rabbit and chicken tractor projects did not leave me with alot of extra materials I knew. Alot of materials thankfully weren’t required for my worm bin. Some old boards, a piece of tin, and some sewing together of 1/2 in hardware clothe scraps made enough materials to make my first worm bin for FREE!)

  1. First, we built a simple box frame from some old weathered lumber.
  2. Next, we covered one side with 1/2″ hardware clothes to prevent predation from underneath. 
  3. Then, we layered in our eggshells, chicken manure, cardboard, shredded paper, and compost.
  4. Finally, we covered it with a piece of tin and a weight.

I had some great help that day that was interested in learning basic carpentry which was great to share. It’s unclear if I’m happier about having accomplished a goal or that it is was upcycled from what most would consider useless!

20 thoughts on “Use what you have to get what you want!

  1. So….you’re interested in books, too?

    1. I love learning and doing. Books are a great tool for this!

  2. This is perhaps the most bizarrely entertaining post I have ever read.
    I confess that never before, in all my 143 years of life, have I ever given a nanosecond of thought to a worm bin.
    I now feel educated, thank you

    1. Thank you) Perhaps I can one up myself once compost tea season rolls around.

  3. Welcome to the world of blogging.

  4. I went to a composting course while ago, hoping to learn how to start my own warm farm- unfortunately it was such an information overload with only $100 worth ‘special’ bin in the center of it that I gave up and got a standard composting bin instead:( You post explains it step by step and its made of some recycled stuff! 🙂 Great

    1. Thank you, I am a huge fan of using what’s available. Both bins are great to have for any home.

      1. Have you heard about Bokashi System?

      2. Yes, I have not tried it yet.

  5. Awesome post…adorable boy!!

  6. Reblogged this on TheCreativetree: from a travel experience and commented:
    Interesting principle and useful recommendation to learn from what we have.
    Less you have, more you can get from

    if you can just see it and share it with others.

    1. Thank you for the share! Yes, I think we often look for things to buy instead of finding more functionality in what we have.

      1. Yea, people might not have the time or passion..but maybe by doing.Labs or Hubs between neighbours, people can get inspired as well!what u think about it?

      2. I have seen how workshops and other events invigorate people and lift them up.

      3. True..what you think about using or interactive arts to.involve the most difficult ones?or even professionals or politicians?

      4. I think permacultural thought processes combined with mininalistic practices should be merged into all facets of life.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your resourceful experience.
    Do you mind if I ask what species of worm you are using and how did they respond to the poultry litter?