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Home > Activities > Workshops > April 2012 - Make a Worm Box


– Tools –

DRILL BITS: 1/4" or 1/2" AND 1/8"
– Supplies –
Container (5-20 gallons)
Shredded newspaper
Kitchen waste

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 • 10:30am-12:00pm


Make a Worm Box
Making a worm box is an easy way to recycle your food scraps and generate "black gold" (worm castings) for your garden, while keeping rats and raccoons out of your compost pile. We'll supply tools, the bedding, starter soil and worms; you supply the covered bin and food scraps. Get your questions answered about vermiculture, too!

The Box
Bring a dark plastic box (not clear) with a cover. Size can vary, approximately 1' deep x 1' wide x 2' long (15-20 gallons) is a mid-point; a plastic bucket (for paint or cat litter) can work, too. It actually more manageable to have a larger footprint than to be deep, but almost anything will work. If you have a box without a cover, that can work, too, but you'll need a piece of exterior plywood and a bungee cord or heavy weight to keep critters out. The box we supplied was an 18-gallon Rubbermaid "Roughneck" tote, widely available at Target, Home Depot, Walmart, and and elsewhere. We chose this as a sturdy and widely available option that you can add to as your worms grow, and to

Workshop handout with instructions (pdf)
Alternate Worm Bin plans (pdf)
Rubbermaid Roughneck Tote

Learning about how to make a worm box
^ Learning about worms
^ Worms at work!
Drilling drainage holes
^ Drilling drainage holes
Drilling ventilation holes
^ Drilling ventilation holes
Shredding newspaper for bedding
^ Shredding newspaper for beddding
Adding worms
^ Adding worms & dirt
A working worm box
^ A working worm box


Feel free to contact the Workshop Coordinator, Dena Van Derveer if you have a suggestion for a workshop, or if you have a skill that you’d be willing to teach.
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WORKSHOPS in the past year:
March 27, 2012:
Jewelry Making & Repair
February 28, 2012: Fashion Swap
January 24, 2012:
Beautiful Cards & Valentines
November 29, 2011:
Cookie Decorating
October 25, 2011: Hypertufa
September 27, 2011: Two-Color Knitting
May 24, 2011: Got a Gadget? Share It!
April 26, 2011: Swap Meet for Gardeners
March 29, 2011:
Printing with Man-Made Materials
March 22, 2011:
Printing with Natural Materials

— But wait! There’s more! See the archives!


Corte Madera Women’s Improvement Club
PO Box 486, Corte Madera, CA 94976 • email: