Why Add Worms to Your Compost

Vermicomposting uses worms to break down organic matter quickly.  First you will wait for your compost to reach a temperature of 140 to 150 degrees at the center.  To do this, alternate layers of brown and green ingredients and keep the pile moist.  When the center reaches the desired temperature you will turn the pile.  After turning the compost bin a few times, the temperature will start to go down.  This is when you will add the worms.

Benefits of Adding Worms in Your Compost:

  • Higher percentage of humus to improve water retention and aeration.
  • Binds micro-nutrients that would other wise be washed away with heavy rain
  • Rich in beneficial bacteria
  • Contain plant growth hormones
    • Increase germination rates
    • Plants grow faster, larger, and produce more

Keeping Worms Alive (Earthworms and Red Wigglers)

  • Keep them well fed
    • Mulch provides them with food and increases the number of native worms in your garden
  • Keep them warm in the winter
    • Cover the compost bin in plastic to create a type of greenhouse

Fore more information, click on the video below from OYR Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening.

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