Vermicomposting: Composting With Worms
Vermicomposting is a form of composting that uses worms to break down food waste. Just like regular composting, it helps keep organic waste out of the waste stream, and it's easy to do.
Indoor vermicomposting is great for apartment dwellers, or anyone else who can't compost outdoors. Also, some warm-weather outdoor composters move their practice indoors during the winter. A worm bin doesn't have to take up a lot of space—you can keep it under the kitchen sink, or in the garage, pantry or basement. (Worms like it dark.) Kids get a real kick out of it and love to share it with their friends.
Here's what you'll need: worms (use red wiggler worms, not regular earthworms), a worm bin, bedding, and organic food scraps.
We hope that the following resources will help answer your questions and lead you to become a successful worm composter:
How To Vermicompost:
- For apartment dwellers: A guide to worm composting in New York City apartments [pdf]
- Composting in the City by 911.com
- Vermicomposting explained by 911.com
- Vermi-Brochure [pdf] by Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Compost Education Program
- Basics: Cornell Composting: Worm Composting Basics - Composting In Schools
- Information on Vermicompost Research Cornell Research Page - Vermicompost: A Living Soil Amendment
- Extensive Vermicomposting facts. A pdf by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Worm Composting Supplies:
- Worm Endings Unlimited
- Suru's Blog
- Westchester Worm Women (Facebook)
- Red Worm Composting
- Giant Veggie Gardener
- How To Make A 10-Gallon Worm Composting Bin (8:28 min.) - A great video on how to make a simple rubbermaid style worm composting bin - plus learn about common pitfalls people encounter with a brand new worm bin, what materials to use as proper bedding and how to feed the worms.
- Find a selection of some fun YouTube vermicomposting-related videos on RedWormComposting.com
- Elementary through adult: Wormania! (Elementary through adult)
- Middle-school through adult: Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope