Compost is a natural soil amendment made from decomposed plant material. Compost fertilizes the soil and helps to retain moisture, making it an excellent soil amendment. Worms are often used in conjunction with composting to create a rich, crumbly soil mixture that is highly beneficial to plants. Store compost can be used in lieu of homemade compost to help create a suitable environment for worm farming.
Choose a store-bought compost. Standard garden compost is acceptable. Avoid choosing a product that has been treated with fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Use a spade and scoop the compost into an empty worm bin. Fill the worm bin to just below its halfway point.
Add an equal amount of worm bedding, such as peat moss, shredded cardboard or ripped newspapers. Use the spade and thoroughly mix the bedding with the compost mixture.
Release the worms into the worm bin. Add half an inch of worm food, such as vegetable or fruit peels, and top with an inch of shredded paper before closing up the worm bin.