How to Compost With Worms


People who know how to compost with worms have access to some of the best gardening soil nature can provide. Vermiculture, worm poop or worm compost is rich in nutrients that come from the decaying and digested organic matter that worms create. Getting started composting with worms is simple; you need no special equipment. Later, you can build a more sophisticated worm bin.

Step 1

Save food scraps; fruits and vegetables compost well, but meat and dairy products do not.

Step 2

Choose a spot in your yard for a compost pile. Place a cardboard box inside of a garbage bag and wet it down with a spray of water from the garden hose.

Step 3

Dump food scraps into the cardboard box. Add a half-inch layer of organic garden soil on top of the food scraps, then place a layer of shredded paper, newspaper or strips of corrugated cardboard on top of the soil.

Step 4

Leave the bag and box open and allow the food and soil to sit for up to two weeks so that microorganisms and beneficial bacteria can accumulate.

Step 5

Add worms to the mixture and leave it alone for up to eight weeks. You can collect worms from your yard or order worms from a worm farm.

Step 6

Remove the black soil because it's ready, but leave behind chunks of food or paper, which need longer processing. Add new scraps and paper every two weeks using the same layering technique.

Things You'll Need

  • Worms
  • Shredded paper, newspaper or cardboard
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Dirt
  • Cardboard box
  • Garbage bag
  • Water, from the garden hose


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Lisa Russell is an entrepreneur and writer from Washington State, with a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. She's been published in regional parenting publications, homeschooling publications and has published over 10,000 articles online since 1999. She studied Early Childhood Education at Antelope Valley College.