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!
- 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
- Build bedding in the bottom of your bin with 3 inches of coconut coir covered with a layer of dry, shredded paper.
- Add your worms and let them become acquainted with their new home for 1-2 days before adding any food.
- When it’s time to add food:Let your worms feast before adding more.
- Dig into one corner of the bin.
- Line the area with shredded paper/cardboard/junk mail.
- 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).
- Add another layer of shredded paper, covering the food scraps, to keep fruit flies away.
- Hydrate the contents with 10-20 sprays from the water bottle, evenly distributed.
- Let your worms feast before adding more.
- Harvest your finished compost. Voila! You’re vermicomposting!
Trash to Treasure:
- Check out our list of universally accepted compostables to learn what can be composted.
- Keep in mind that worm don’t like too much citrus or spicy food.
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.