Worm Composting Bins and Garden Worm Tubes

31 Mar

Brian in San Antonio was kind enough to share some pictures of his worm tubes that he placed under the eves of his home and buried about 18″.  He drilled several holes in the  bottom 18″ buried portion of the pipe for drainage.

I just wanted to thank you for your help and encouragement starting worm composting. I went ahead and mixed 50-50 cow manure and peat moss in my tube and added a hand full of your red worms, and built a two bin system for the rest of the worms. two worm I added to my potted pineapple plant as an experiment. I figured I’d let the worms settle in for 3-7 days before adding vegetable mater. take a look at my pictures   and let me know what you think. thanks again brother. BRIAN

Here are some more pics of his two bin system.

Above: drainage bin to catch excess moisture from worm composting bin.

Thanks to Brian in San Antonio for sharing your pics and ideas.

Let us know if you have any questions about composting w/ worms.  Red Worms, European Nightcrawlers, and Alabama Jumpers available at TexasRedWorms.com for composting, gardening, and fishing. For more tips on what to do when you receive your worms check out our Care of Worms section.


7 Responses to “Worm Composting Bins and Garden Worm Tubes”

  1. kristy April 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I live in san antonio as well. I am starting a worm farm for fishing how do I know if the worms are moist enough or not? I dont want to over moist it but dont want it to be dry either.. and do I mix the bedding up when I wet it so it is all moist or just moist the top?


    • Texas Red Worms April 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm #


      Are you building a worm bed outdoors or a container worm bin?
      Some refer to the moisture level as a wrung out sponge. I like mine to resemble a moist brownie, without the hot part. I also like to see some condensation when I check under the lid of the bin.
      You can mix in the bedding, but it is not necessary. I use a spray bottle to mist the top layer of the bin, and will sometimes cover that with a moist layer of newspaper to help maintain moisture levels when it warms up.

  2. shanegenziuk May 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Great work on that worm tube. I’ve been meaning to get around to doing one like that but settled on some car tire farms in the meantime. If you were using the tube could you flush it through with water every now and again to get the leachate through the garden?

    • Texas Red Worms May 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      Thanks Shane. Those pics were sent in from Brian in San Antonio.
      Tubes can be rinsed gently to flush out some leachate.
      The tire set up is great idea, you can use buckets, and other plastic containers, as well.

  3. kerry01 April 1, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    Thanks for the interesting article – plenty of reading and I’ll be an expert…… still not having much luck with my worms Help


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