How to make a litter box for growing worms

How to make a litter box for growing worms
How to make a litter box for growing worms
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You can make a litter box to grow worms that you can use as fishing bait or to compost kitchen scraps. The worms thrive in litter boxes made from scraps of paper and feed on the leftover vegetables that you put there. Learn how to make a small, fabric-covered plywood litter box to breed manure worms!

Steps

Part 1 of 3: building the litter frame

Make a Worm Bed Step 1

Step 1. Buy 6 pieces of plywood that are 1.25 cm thick and meet the following dimensions:

  • 2 plates of 60 cm x 90 cm for the upper and lower parts of the litter
  • 2 plates of 15 cm x 60 cm for the shorter sides of the litter
  • 2 plates of 15 cm x 90 cm for the longest sides of the litter
Make a Worm Bed Step 2

Step 2. Place one of the 60cm x 90cm plates on a flat surface

The board should rest on its longest side.

Make a Worm Bed Step 3

Step 3. Press a 15cm x 60cm board against one side of the first large board at a 90 ° angle

The 60 cm sides should be glued to each other.

Make a Worm Bed Step 4

Step 4. Hammer nails into the plywood to secure the edges

Space the nails about 10 cm apart. You need to make sure that the sides are perfectly aligned when driving the nails.

Make a Worm Bed Step 5

Step 5. Place the other 15cm x 60cm plate on the other side of the large board

Make a Worm Bed Step 6

Step 6. Hammer nails into the plywood to secure the two plates

When finished, you will have the bottom of your litter box along with its two shorter sides.

Make a Worm Bed Step 7

Step 7. Attach the 15cm x 90cm plates to create the remaining sides of the box

When finished, you will get a plywood litter frame without a cover.

Part 2 of 3: cover the frame

Make a Worm Bed Step 8

Step 1. Turn the box over

The 60cm x 90cm plate should end up at the top.

Make a Worm Bed Step 9

Step 2. Drill at least 10 holes in the 60cm x 90cm board

Make a Worm Bed Step 10

Step 3. Cut a piece of black mesh to cover the bottom of the box, inside

Make a Worm Bed Step 11

Step 4. Turn the box right side up

Cut a piece of black mesh to cover the bottom of the box, inside.

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Step 5. Place the net inside, against the bottom of the box

Secure the fabric to the sides by placing staples around the entire edge of the fabric. The fabric will prevent the worms from leaving the box while still allowing them to breathe.

Make a Worm Bed Step 13

Step 6. Drill at least 10 holes in the remaining 60cm x 90cm plate

Cover the top with black mesh and staple the fabric to the plate. This will constitute the cover of your litter box. You can put it aside for now.

Make a Worm Bed Step 14

Step 7. Cut or tear strips of about 3 cm in newspaper to cover the bottom of the litter box

Avoid using glossy magazine paper, as this is toxic to worms.

Make a Worm Bed Step 15

Step 8. Place the torn paper in the litter box

Spray water on the litter so that it is moist, but not soaked. Ideally, this should contain around 80% humidity.

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Step 9. Add soil and sphagnum moss so that the worms can dig and bury themselves

Part 3 of 3: add the worms

Make a Worm Bed Step 17

Step 1. Place the litter in a dark place with a temperature between 15 and 27 ° C

Your worms can tolerate temperatures as low as 4 ° C and as high as 32 ° C.

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Step 2. Add about 1 kg of manure worms to the litter

Make a Worm Bed Step 19

Step 3. Place the cloth-covered lid on top of the box to block light and prevent worms from coming out

The cover will also prevent birds and other natural predators from accessing the litter.

Make a Worm Bed Step 20

Step 4. Turn on a light near your litter box

Manure worms don't like light and light will cause them to stay in the black box.

Make a Worm Bed Step 21

Step 5. Feed the leftover worms from your kitchen

1 kg of worms will consume approximately 0.5 kg of leftovers per day.

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Step 6. Take the larger worms out of your litter box every two months

In this way, you will be able to control the size of your population. You can use your worms as bait for fishing, if you wish.

Advice

  • You can feed your worms daily or weekly. Place leftover food in different areas of the litter box each time you feed to help speed up decomposition and composting.
  • Be sure to bury your leftovers under the items that make up the litter to avoid attracting flies and other pests.
  • The worms will turn the food into compost that you can collect and use on your lawn or in your garden.

Warnings

  • Avoid placing leftover meat or animal products in your litter box. These leftovers will attract predators and may threaten the safety of your worms.
  • Make sure you are using manure worms and not earthworms. Earthworms prefer to dig deeper and will not thrive in shallow bedding.

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