<p>The Department of Sanitation <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/compost/edu_indoor_harvesting.shtml">has good instructions</a> on the more involved method of harvesting your vermicompost (partially pictured here). Warning: it requires touching worms.<br/><br/>What do you do with all this vermicompost? You can mix it with potting soil, add it to treespaces, parks, give it to your friends, or add it to your potted plants. It's important that you don't plant things directly into the vermicompost, as it's too rich to use as potting soil. <br/><br/>Some tips and things to look out for while indoor composting:</p><ul><li>The worm bin should be stored out of the sunÂ â in a closet, under your bed, under your dining room table, etc. We're told that some people even turn their worm bins into a base for a coffee table!</li><li>Your worm bin should have an "earthy smell" and will smell bad/rancid if it's too wet or has too much food.</li><li>Worms love leafy greens, watery rinds, bananas, coffee and tea.</li><li>Worms don't love citrus too much because of the acid. So when possible, add less of that.</li><li>Other things you can feed your worms besides fruit and vegetable scraps: crushed egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags and leftover bread and grains.</li><li>Things you should not feed your worms: meat, fish scraps, fatty/oily foods. </li><li>If you're concerned about smell, there are some items you should avoid adding to your bin: broccoli and onions both smell while decomposing. Otherwise, the bedding should control most of the odors. </li><li>Fruit flies can be a problem, but there are some precautions you can take to prevent them: washing your fruit peels in warm water, freezing or microwaving food scraps before adding them to the bin, or even avoid adding fruit at all. But if you make make sure the food scraps are buried under bedding, you shouldn't have an issue. You can also build fruit fly traps if they do become an issue. This <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/downloads/pdf/materials/wormbin.pdf">PDF has info</a> on how to build a trap for the fruit flies.</li><li>While water is important to your compost bin, you most likely don't need to add additional water as you're composting. The food that you're adding will likely add enough moisture to the bin.</li><li>One common mistake is letting the worm bin get too wet, especially when you're close to harvesting. As always, you can add some newspaper to help dry things out.</li><li>Your worm bin should be kept at temperatures between 55Â°-80Â°F. To cold or too hot and your worms could die.</li><li>NYC Wasteless has a <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/downloads/pdf/materials/tipsheet-worm-bin-troubleshooting-guide.pdf">great troubleshooting guide</a> (PDF) for your worm bin. Everything from what it should smell like, to some solutions to typical problems you might encounter. </li><li>Finally, if everything dies, you should start all over from the beginning. You don't want to add new worms to a bin that didn't work out.</li></ul><br/><br/>If you want more information, the Department of Sanitation has lots of information <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/compost/edu_indoor.shtml">on their website</a>. You can also attend a NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn workshop on starting your own worm bin. Their next workshop is 7/12/12 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. To register for classes, visit the <a href="http://www.bbg.org/compost">Brooklyn Botanic Garden's website</a>. You can even call or email their Compost Helpline with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.