How to Mix a Store Compost in a Worm Bed


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.

Step 1

Choose a store-bought compost. Standard garden compost is acceptable. Avoid choosing a product that has been treated with fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

Step 2

Use a spade and scoop the compost into an empty worm bin. Fill the worm bin to just below its halfway point.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand spade
  • Worm bedding material
  • Vegetable matter
  • Shredded newspaper or paper


  • "The Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Gardening and Composting with Worms;" Loren Nancarrow and Janet Taylor; 2005
  • "Beyond Compost: Converting Organic Waste Beyond Compost Using Worms;" Tom Wilkinson; 2009

Who Can Help

  • Worm Compost Tips and Techniques
Keywords: worm bed, worm compost, store compost

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Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.