The variety and types of worm bins, containers, and in my case, corrals is as varied as the type of people that love worms… wait… ok forget that analogy. But, we have experimented with a plethora of Red Wiggler beds, and my outdoor favorite is a bottomless wood structure, roughly the size of a coffin (don’t use that reference in front of the worms, it makes them nervous). I love the ease of access and size, which enables us to target food drops and corral the worms into specific areas. I also think it looks pretty good.
The worms seem to like the situation too, as they seem fat and happy! I think the fact that the worms choose to stay inside my corral rather than dig an extra inch down and over to freedom says a lot by itself.
The corrals are built from fence pickets, preferably cedar or any untreated wood planks. You can make a frame out of scrap and attach the planks or simply nail the planks together on the edges. There’s no need to put cardboard in the bottom, but it can be helpful by creating a slight separation between the container and the ground. The container can be filled with paper scraps or soil that is moist but not soaking wet.
Place your Ficarro Farm Red Wigglers in one spot and allow them to separate and spread around on their own. Let the worms acclimate and explore the new environment overnight, then add food scraps (or whatever you’re using as worm food) in one area only. Bury the food scraps under a few inches of whatever media you’re using in the corral to avoid smells and unwanted critters. Depending on the size of the worm population, the hill that was your buried food scraps will get smaller over a few days. You can add food scraps in the same way to a different spot, alternating feeding places every feeding. After a week or so, you should be able to turn over the soil in the first feeding place and see beautiful black worm castings mixed in with the decomposing scraps forming what will become known as Black Gold for the garden.
Bottomless worm corrals have become my favorite (and most productive) way of raising worms. But everyone’s situation is different and there’s a few things to consider before deciding what type of container to use for your Red Wiggler Worms. Environmental conditions such as temperature, moisture, and soil type are factors that directly affect worms raised outside in a stationary, semi-exposed, raised wood container. Just keep in mind the general conditions that Red Wigglers like and try to stay inside those parameters. With a bit of care, the worms will appreciate your new bottomless worm corral and so will you… ok, not directly.. but you know what I mean.. stay out of the worm corral and enjoy your worms!