Punch six to ten holes in the bottom of one under-bed gift wrap storage box with a sharp knife or scissors. Place the box lid underneath it to serve as a drip pan.
Fill the box halfway with straw, shredded newspaper or dried leaves. Add 1/2-lb red wriggler worms.
Dust the surface of the straw bedding with 1/4 cup gritty material such as cornmeal, coffee grounds or crushed eggshells. University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension associate Soni Cochran explains, "Worms have a gizzard like chickens so fine grit should be added to help the worms digest food (Reference 1)."
Cover the worms with a 2-inch layer of straw or dried leaves. Wait two days.
Add one pound of kitchen waste, consisting of vegetable and fruit peelings, tea leaves, coffee grounds and crushed eggshells, to the box every other day.
After 12 weeks, pour the contents of first box, which has now become rich, dark soil, onto a sheet of loose-weave burlap. Worm Woman Mary Appelhof recommends using a screen over a garden cart to separate the soil and the worms.
Prepare the second gift wrap storage box as before. Use the worms from the first bin to start a new compost cycle in the second bin.
Return the soil to the original bin. Plant seeds or seedlings of your choice in the original bin, which is now full of rich, dark soil. Use the recommended spacing for that flower, herb, fruit or vegetable. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup water.
Place the grow box in a window with a southern exposure or under a grow light. Set a timer to provide the recommended hours of daylight for that plant variety.