Vegetation growing in compost dirt

Use 5/8" exterior grade plywood, with the exterior side facing inside, or scrap lumber. (Don't use treated wood.) Using screws, or nails with a spiral shape, will hold the box together under wet and dry conditions. Any wooden box will last longer if it's allowed to dry thoroughly after worm harvest.

Children looking at a vermicomposting box

For a 2'x 2'x 10" box (suitable for two people, or up to 4 pounds of scraps per week)

  • Sides: 22 3/4" x 10"
  • Ends: 24" x 10"
  • Bottom: 24" x 24"
  • Top: 24" x 24"

For a 2'x 3'x 12" box (suitable for three to six people, or up to 6 pounds of scraps per week)

  • Sides: 34 3/4" x 12"
  • Ends: 24" x 12"
  • Bottom: 24" x 36"
  • Top: 24" x 36"

Assembly: Nail or screw the ends to the outside edges of the sides. Secure to bottom with five to seven nails or screws per side. Drill nine to 12 quarter-inch drainage holes evenly spaced across the bottom surface. The top is not attached; it just slides on or off.

Options: Nail 2"x2" pieces along the inside bottom edges for support. Attach four small wooden blocks to the bottom corners to raise the box off the ground -- or secure four casters to the bottom corners for a box-on-wheels. Use gate hinges to attach the top to the box.


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