How to Worm Compost

Just about anyone from school-aged kids to adults can learn how to worm compost. It is done by growing worms in compost. This can be done in a compost pile of any size and shape. Worms have just a few basic needs. They need air, moist compost, and food in the form of organic matter.

Worm composting can even be done in a small bucket and is not limited to a large compost pile in your back yard. The first time that I raised some redworms they were in a 1 gallon paint can with nothing more than coffee grounds. They did great in it. So, anyone can raise worms in anything from a small plastic container to an old bathtub. The worms can care less what they live in.

Here is how to raise worms in a plastic container. You will need to drill some ¼ inch holes in the bottom of the container for drainage and some ½ holes in the lid for air flow. Again, the plastic container can be a small one or one of any size all the way up to 30 gallons. You can choose the size that meets your needs. If you choose to worm compost outside in a big compost pile, make sure it has cooled down past the heating stage to under 90 degrees. This is best temperature for worm composting. When worm composting outside, be sure to protect the worms from rain and the hot sun by placing them under some kind shade.

Worms will eat just about any organic matter. They will eat tree leaves, grass clippings, kitchen waist, even black and white newspaper and cardboard. The best thing to do is shred everything first. This way the worms can eat it up what does tofu taste like faster for you. Just make sure to water it well and that there are no dry spots. When you water the worms do not drown them. Instead, keep them moistened well like a wet rag. Keeping the worm bedding wet is very important. If it dries out the worms will die.

You can use the finished worm compost in your garden and even in your patio containers. It can also be used for your house plants. All of your plants will respond well and be full of color. Using worm compost on your vegetable plants will help them grow big and strong. It also helps them resist pests. As you use worm compost year after year in the garden, the soil will get richer and richer. The soil will be loser and much easier to dig.