Designed and built in New Zealand, the Hungry Bin is the best worm composting solution and, if you want the most nutritious compost, is probably the best compost bin on the market. Worm compost has higher nutrient levels than compost made without worms and will be of a finer consistency. Worm casts are the optimal soil enricher; they contain balanced easily absorbed nutrients for your plants as well as improving structure and water retention in your soil.
The Hungry Bin is a unique worm bin design as there are no trays to change and requires very little maintenance. The conical shape has been designed to compress the wormcast compost towards the base of the bin. This mimics natural soil pressure and encourages the worms to stay at the top. Higher concentrations of worms where the food is means it break down quicker but it also leaves the worm castings at the bottom virtually worm free.
Harvesting the finished compost couldn't be easier either. The base is simply unclipped to allow a 'brick' of compost to be removed. The tapered shape keeps the compost above in place while you snap the tray back on.
The bin is also prevented from getting too wet by the drain holes in the collection tray. This nutrient rich liquid plant feed produced by the worms drains into a drip tray below the bin where it can be collected and used around the garden.
The kit can be assembled in 15 mins and used anywhere including gardens, patio areas and apartment balconies. It will convert large volumes of kitchen waste into top grade compost while significantly reducing the amount of waste that goes into your bin.
The Hungry Bin is a sturdy and very well made composting option. It is manufactured from the same tough plastic as a wheelie bin and is quick and easy to assemble. It is also as easy to move around so can be placed where you need it most or moved undercover in Winter.
We think this is an excellent design that takes the complications out of worm farming and turns into an accessible composting solution for everyone.
A Worm composter is like a little compost factory staffed by worms, they produce an extremely fertile garden compost and a very potent liquid fertilizer at the same time. Just as worms convert organic matter into fertilizer in your garden soil they can also turn your kitchen waste into dark, nutrient rich compost. You can put the same materials into a worm composter as you would add to a compost heap. It's a good idea to chop food into small pieces as this speeds up the composting time.
Compost worms live in the surface layer of the soil, they are also smaller than regular garden worms.They have also evolved to feed on rotting plants and leaves that lie on the surface, this makes them perfectly suited to break down garden and food waste. The Hungry Bin's unique design creates the ideal living environment for these compost worms. After eating the waste at the top of the composter or wormery, the worms convert it into the worm castings that form the rich compost bricks that can be removed from the Hungry Bin every two to six months.
What Can I Compost In The Hungry Bin?
Like all of us, compost worms enjoy a varied and balanced diet and will devour most kitchen fruit and veg scaps. Food waste can account for half of all rubbish a normal household will throw out, the average is roughly 1.5kg a day! Why not turn it into something useful and save on bin charges at the same time. The worms will eat the smaller softer pieces first and take longer with the rest. Try to avoid adding large quantities of meat, dairy, and overly processed food as the worms might ignore it causing it to rot in the bin.
Do Compost: fruit and vegetable scraps, pulp, tea leaves, cooked food, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells, lawn clippings, weeds, leaves, sawdust, wood ash, hand towels, tissues,shredded egg cartons, and even hair!
Avoid or limit: Shiny or printed paper, citrus & acidic fruit skin, spicy foods, onion, garlic, meat and dairy products, bread, pasta, and other processed wheat products.
Composting Worms will eat up to their own body weight in one day, so to start with make sure to only add roughly the same amount of food as there are worms in the wormery. After each day check that there is no uneaten food sitting there - this could mean the scraps were too large or there was too much added. You can then slowly increase the amount you add to the composter as the worm population grows. They should multiply to match the food supply. A full population for the hungry composter bin will be about 3kgs of worms.
Keep in a sheltered or shady spot anywhere outside the house or around the garden. It is easy to move even when full as it can be wheeled about to different more suitable locations. The Hungry Bin retains the smell of the compost inside and as such does not attract vermin. This allows it to be kept in a more convenient location like right next to the regular rubbish bins without being an eye-sore.