How to Make Compost Easily With Worms


Vermiculture, the act of making compost with worms, is the quickest way to recycle food scraps, wood chips and garden clippings to create a rich black garden soil. You can supplement your compost easily with worms, whether you dig them up yourself or order them.

Step 1

Establish a healthy compost of layered "green" and "brown" materials, with garden soil between each layer. Green materials are grass clippings, fruit and vegetable waste. Brown materials are shredded newspaper, corrugated cardboard and dead leaves.

Step 2

Allow your compost to mature for two to three weeks, while you dig for earthworms or order red wigglers other composting worms online.

Step 3

Spritz your compost with water periodically to maintain moisture. You may want to enclose your compost if you're having trouble with raccoons or other animals getting into it. A chain link fence works well, as does chicken wire.

Step 4

Dump the worms right on top of the compost pile; they will crawl down and begin eating right away.

Step 5

Cover the compost with a tarp or landscaping material to keep the black dirt from being washed away in the rain.

Step 6

Scoop out the black dirt beginning six to eight weeks after the worms arrive. Sift it with a wire mesh screen to remove chunks that haven't been digested yet. Use the worm castings as a nutrient rich top soil, or to supplement the soil in your planters or flowerbeds.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never add dairy products like cheese or butter to your compost Never add meat or bones to your compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Earthworms or red wigglers
  • Tarp
  • Chicken wire or other fencing
  • Mesh screen


  • Composting with Worms
  • Worm Compost
  • Starting a Compost Bed
Keywords: composting with worms, worm compost, vermiculture

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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.