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Southern California Gardening: Sturdy Metal Worm Bin

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Here's how one one blogger used $100 from Lowe's to build a sturdy, animal-proof worm bin from a metal watering trough.

Worm Bin for $100

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Make an impact in your garden for $100!" This was the challenge for our bloggers this week.

The challenge and the $100 gift card from Lowe’s arrived in a stack of bills. Hurrah! Sunshine amid storms. What could I do with an unexpected windfall? Plenty.

My husband, Jeff, and I drove to our local Lowe’s and headed for the nursery; not for plants this time but for the makings of a new (and improved) worm bin.

I knew exactly what I wanted, and I spied them gleaming from shelves on a distant wall—large shiny, long-lasting, metal stock watering troughs. Just what I and the worms needed. The price was right, with enough left over to buy screws and fence boards for a sturdy lid.

Jeff drilled a dozen tiny drainage holes in the bottom of the trough (small enough so worms can’t escape and rodents and moles can’t enter). Then we dismantled the old worm bin, moved about 10,000 red wigglers into garbage cans, leveled the ground, and slid the new “home” into its shady hideaway.

Before we could relocate the worms, Jeff spent time building a sturdy lid (heavy enough so raccoons can’t budge it), which fit perfectly over the trough and locked into place.

Now the worms are safely housed in their Art Deco-looking homestead. Frustrated moles and rodents sniff around the base of this new high-rise to no avail.

And me? I’m content. But whenever I pick up the mail, I search for another windfall.

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