A very interesting question from Libbie:
I live in Washington DC in a condo without adequate space outdoors to keep a worm composter. I would like to have one indoors but I need it to look like furniture rather than a composter. Do you know anyone that makes small worm composters that look like indoor furniture? A rubbermaid bin would stand out too much and probably creep out my roommate/dinner guests. Ideally, it would have a can-o-worm type system that allows me to switch trays but that may be asking too much.
Unlike all my other “Reader Questions” responses, I actually don’t have an answer for this one – so I am hoping to get as much feedback from the RWC community as possible. I think this could end up being a really interesting topic for discussion – and of course, hopefully we can come up with some helpful info for Libbie as well!
So here are MY questions:
1) Do any of you know of, or perhaps even sell vermicomposting bins that look like a piece of furniture?
2) Have any of you made your own furniture-style custom worm bins?
I think it would be a lot of fun to share some pictures and descriptions of these on the blog, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line with some images of your bin as well if you’ve made one and you’d like to show it off.
This topic made me think of Mary Appelhof (renowned vermicomposting educator and author of “Worms Eat My Garbage”, who sadly passed away in 2005). She had at least one beautiful piece of vermicomposting furniture – pretty sure it was a bin that doubled as a coffee table. You can see her sitting on it here: http://www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/wormwoman.html
Thanks again for the e-mail, Libbie! Hopefully we can track down some answers for you!