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Worm Composting

The worm composting is a good way to compost food scraps and paper. It produces a rich compost.

Good to know:

  • Red worms and brown nose worms are used to compost
  • Worm composting can take place inside or outside
  • Worms need to be protected from high temperatures
  • One pound of worms can consume one-half pound of food per day
  • It is an odor free solution, if you feed them with the right food and do not feed them too much they will eat the garbage before it gets bad.
  • Worms can be purchased in stores

The container:

  • Properties required
    • Keep moist and protect the worms from light
    • Provide drainage and aeration
    • Protect the compost box from pest and animal that could be attracted
  • Material needed for one pound of worms:
    • A two feet square and one foot deep wooden or plastic container with drainage and aeration holes on the sides ( one square foot is needed for each pound of waste composted per week)
    • Shredded newspaper
    • Soil, sand, leaf mold or finished compost

Preparing the container :

  • Make holes in it for aeration and drainage
  • Soak the shredded newspaper in water and squeeze the excess
  • Dispose the newspapers at the bottom of the container
  • Add two handfuls of soil, sand, leaf mold or finished compost
  • This bedding should always be kept moist, it should be 1/3 to a half of the container.
  • Add the worms

Feed the worms:

  • They eat:
    • Fruit and vegetable waste
    • Egg shells
    • Coffee and tea waste
  • They do not eat
    • Citrus
    • Dairy
    • Meat
    • Onion
    • Oily products
  • Feed them a small amounts at a time, at the beginning

Harvest :

  • Three to six months later you should be able to harvest the compost. You should harvest when most of the bedding has disappeared
  • To harvest move the content of the bin to one side of it, in the empty part put the partly decomposed material, food and paper strips. Within few weeks the worms should have move to this part of the bin and the casting will be removed (make sure to leave all worms in the bin).


  • Chop food wastes
  • Check regularly for the accumulation of fluids at the bottom of the container and of uneaten food
  • Check regularly that the bedding is wet


Thank you for the information:

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