Easy Guide to Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting takes food scraps from you kitchen compost bin and makes nutrient-rich soil

Vermicomposting is for the gardener who’s not afraid to get their hands dirty. This method of composting makes richer compost quicker. Plus, kids love worms as pets!


You’ll Need:

  • A CompoKeeper (kitchen compost bin for collecting food scraps)
  • A worm bin (buy a worm farm or build your own)
  • Worms (red wigglers)
  • A spray bottle with water


Basic Steps:

  1. Build bedding in the bottom of your bin with 3 inches of coconut coir covered with a layer of dry, shredded paper.
  2. Add your worms and let them become acquainted with their new home for 1-2 days before adding any food.
  3. When it’s time to add food:Let your worms feast before adding more.
      1. Dig into one corner of the bin.
      2. Line the area with shredded paper/cardboard/junk mail.
      3. Add a small amount of food at a time, keep in mind you can only compost as much of the food waste s your worms can handle (rule of thumb: 1 cup per pound of worms).
      4. Add another layer of shredded paper, covering the food scraps, to keep fruit flies away.
      5. Hydrate the contents with 10-20 sprays from the water bottle, evenly distributed.
  4. Let your worms feast before adding more.
  5. Harvest your finished compost. Voila! You’re vermicomposting!


vermicomposting starts with a worm bin


Trash to Treasure:


Tips & Tricks to Vermicomposting:

  • Worms eat faster when the bits are smaller. To speed up the process, cut food scraps into smaller pieces before feeding them to your worms.
  • Maintain the right temperature; your worms will die if their environment gets too hot or too cold.
  • Maintain the right amount of water. If it’s really damp, add more paper. If it’s too dry, add water.
  • Sprinkle in a handful of garden soil into the bin to help the worms digest.



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