Make your own wormery

Make your own wormery since it makes composting so much faster.

It could be as large as this rainbow worm farm, or as small as a 25 litre bucket. It must have a waterproof lid to keep rain out, though remember they must have air to breathe.

A large rainbow wormfarm.

Every wormery must have a hole in the bottom for the leachate to leak out into another bucket.

  1. Bernard Preston
  2. The wonder of worm farms
  3. Make your own wormery

By Bernard Preston

Here are three reasons to start a wormery.

  1. They multiply much faster than ordinary earthworms, decomposing your kitchen and garden waste. Every month they double in number in ideal conditions. Confined to a limited space they can only indulge in fornication and food.
  2. In the vermicompost they add special organic chemicals that enhance plant absorption of minerals and water.
  3. They will devour your kitchen waste with relish. Worms consume their own weight in food every day.
  4. Added to your compost heap they will speed up the process of humification.
  5. It is a totally organic and natural way to manage your garden. You will not have to buy fertiliser.



Make your own wormery since it makes composting happen so much faster. The turn-around time is greatly decreased and, should you decide to toss butternut and pumpkin seeds into the heap in Spring, they will simply take off.

This monster is not atypical. The humic acid formed in your compost heap facillitates the absorption of minerals and water with the result that plants thrive. 

Just compare it with the fairly typical butternut bought from the supermarket. More important, the taste and nutrients are enhanced beyond belief; just try growing vegetables once you make your own wormery.

There are only two things that worms really do not like; too much water and and not enough air. You will read that you must not add onions or citrus, for example. It will all get turned into compost, only it takes a little longer. Do not fuss is my recommendation; they are very hardy.

Monster butternut squash is what to expect if you have a wormery.

Make your own wormery

Make your own wormery because is so easy and inexpensive and the leachate adds so much oomph to your plants.

To begin your journey you need only two inexpensive items. A large bucket with a lid, and another that is smaller but very sturdy to collect the worm wee.

  1. Two buckets as shown, the larger with a lid. Drill several holes in the bottom of the big one in a pattern near the centre so the vermileachate will drip into the smaller one.
  2. Start with a couple inches of compost from your pile which acts as a bedding material for the worms.
  3. Add perhaps 200 worms that you have bought or acquired from a friend.
  4. Empty your kitchen compost bin on top of the worms. Do not compact it; they must have sufficient air to breathe.
  5. Cover the surface with something like cabbage leaves; they like to be in the dark.
  6. Add a couple teaspoons of wood ash or lime periodically; it should be slightly alkaline.
  7. Keep adding more food from your compost bin.

Your worms will double in number every month. So, after a month you'll have 400 and after 90 days about 1600 worms. You could then make another wormery.

Every few months tip the whole bucket out into your compost heap, keeping back a few hundred worms and start all over again.

That will contain the vermicompost that is your ultimate aim, but also many tiny wrigglies and eggs that will give your compost heap a lot of oomph; it too will then become a wormery.

The vermileachate will dip into the bottom bucket; dilute it and pour it onto your plants for amazing results. Avoid using it on small seedlings except after rain.

Remember, they need air, and too much water may drown them. The material in the bucket needs to be damp but not sopping.

Have fun!

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