How to Wrangle Your Own Red Wigglers!

There are so many great resources on how to compost with red wigglers. Here is my run-down of the most important things to know as you start on your vermicomposting journey.

Why Vermicomposting?

– Finished compost is awesome for garden and house plants.

– Reduce household waste.

– Red wigglers reproduce easily and are awesome pets.

– Bins are easy to maintain (about 10 min/week).

– They are a great way to compost in small spaces (apartments)

– Worms will add a lot to outdoor composters and gardens.

– Composting is a great way to involve kids in caring for our earth.

– It’s fun!

What is NOT normal for worm composting:

– Pooling liquid

– Smells

– Mold

– Worms crawling up the side trying to get out of the bin

The solution to most of these problems is more bedding and/or less food added until your worms catch up.

What You Need

Worm Bin

– Composters for vermicompost are commercially available (and great) but can be easily made of commonly available or re-purposed materials.

– Worms need a dark space with airflow.

– Rubbermaid style bins with air holes are often used.

– Drainage is helpful.

Ask me for help choosing or setting up your worm bin.


– Add newsprint or corrugated cardboard as a carbon source and to control moisture.

– Avoid glossy printing and bleached paper and carboard.

– Remove tape and labels.

– Shredding bedding helps your worms to break down bedding fastest.

I’m able to get your set up with shredded cardboard.

How To

Start your worm bin

– Add a generous amount of bedding.

– Moisten bedding with water in a spray bottle or by soaking it then squeezing or draining excess liquid

– Add some food waste to be composted

– Add some worms

I have Red Wiggler compost worms for sale.

Feed your worms

– Be cautious about adding too much waste.

– Worms need to be kept in a moist bin (they die if they dry out, too).

– Add equal parts bedding and waste.

– Add small amounts of food at a time and only feed more when you see that your worms have made it through what you’ve added.

Ideally, when you grab a handful of your bedding and squeeze it, you should get a few drops of liquid run out. If you get more or less, make some changes.

What To Feed

Feed your worms:

– Fruit and vegetable peels and waste

– Coffee ground and tea bags (with the staple removed)

– Eggshells with no egg on them crushed or ground (helps with worm digestion and balances pH)

– Bedding as described above

DO NOT feed your worms:

– Meat and bones

– Dairy products

– Pasta, bread

– salt

– Add minimal citrus fruit and peels at a time

– Things with cooking oil in/on them

– Pet waste and litter

– Avoid seeds from fruit and vegetables if you’re worried about sprouting.

Other Resources

How-to for a few basic DIY worm bins:

A great overview of worm farming basics:

How I Can Help!

Thank you for your interest in vermicomposting.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Amanda ~ Worm Wrangler

Kitchener, ON, CAN


phone: 519-577-8205

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