How to Make a Nightcrawler Compost Bed

Overview

Vericomposting, or a worm compost bed, is a convenient and natural way to create fertilizer for the garden. Instead of requiring constant rotation, vericomposted piles simply require a routine addition of specific nutrients that encourage the health and reproduction of night crawlers. For best results, consider using either European or African nightcrawlers.

Step 1

Drill 10 to 15 holes in the bottom of the plastic bins to encourage airflow.

Step 2

Line the bins with old newsprint paper. Avoid using colored or glossy paper, as it is not as easily biodegradable and the worms will avoid it.

Step 3

Cover the newspaper in soil, filling the bins to roughly two-thirds full.

Step 4

Place the worms on top of the soil. To optimize worm response and survival rate, consider placing the pile in a mild location so the worms will burrow into the soil before drying out.

Step 5

Add organic matter such as fruit skins, vegetable skins, coffee grounds, tea bags and egg shells to the top of the pile.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid adding meat, dairy or fat to the compost pile because they cause the worm's casings to smell.

Things You'll Need

  • Shallow plastic bins
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Old newspaper
  • Soil
  • Worms
  • Fruit skins
  • Vegetable skins
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells

References

  • Worm Farming Profits
Keywords: vericomposting, worm compost beds, nightcrawler compost bed

About this Author

Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.