Original post made by Tony Letson(Frosty Whiskers) on October 8, 2002 The problem is how to contain the worms. Well, this is one solution: Get an old styrafoam cooler ( size determines the amount of worms you can maintain at one time). The one I have is a 6 gallon cooler w/lid. my materials list: 6 gal styrafoam cooler w/lid 2.5ft of old garden hose sufficient screen to cover the base of the cooler 4 gal of old leaf matter, finely shredded newspaper, or old mulch 2 dozen red worms equipment needed: hot glue gun knife, scissors, or other suitable cutting/puncturing device Using the puncturing/cutting device, make a hole at the base side of the cooler sufficient to allow the garden hose to be worked through it. Next, using the same device, punch multiple holes in the hose large enough for water to drain. Incert the hose into the hole made in the cooler, and coil the remaining hose in the bottom of the cooler. Next, lay the screen material over the coiled hose. Place the 4 gal of compostable material in the cooler and add the worms. Material used to feed worms is table scraps such as: vegatables, excluding tomatoes egg shells Fruits and thier peels except citrus Material that should not be used as worm food: meats of any kind certain fruits including citrus tomatoes Apparently worms are self-reproducing. Meaning they don't need a partner. And they are supposed to be real good at it, because that 2 dozen worms will make a bunch in a short time given a good diet and right envirnment. The purpose of the gardenhose and screen are as follows: The hose is used to drain excess moisture from the container. The scree prevents the worms from escaping through the gardenhose.