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New Signup Process is a social networking community for people who have a worm bin or compost with worms or for people who are thinking about getting started and want more information.  There are… Continue

Created by Steven Chow May 28, 2008 at 7:35am. Last updated by Steven Chow Mar 12, 2010.



Welcome to is a social networking community for people who have a worm bin/compost with worms or for people who are thinking about getting started. Read this note to help you get started on Map was setup to to find out how many people compost with worms so don't forget to add yourself to the map.

If you have any questions or problems with the map please post here Thank you.

Got photos on flickr? The Worm Watch feature on the homepage is being replaced.. with the vermicomposting flickr pool to make it easier for us all to update the featured photos on the homepage.. sorry for the delay on fixing Worm Watch and please help add any flickr photos you can find to the vermicomposting pool! WormWiki
Share your knowledge by becoming a WormWiki writer! Vermicomposting can be intimidating at first... but maybe we can help make it easier by assembling our experiences and knowledge on a wiki to help people get started. Write your own articles like Amy's How to make a worm bin bag or just pitch in on the collectively written online guide. Check out the Online Resources / Links Section

Be sure to also join the WormWiki Writers group

Latest Activity

Profile IconDana, Joseph Anderson, Misty Miller and 1 more joined
8 hours ago
Milt and Harry Hopkins are now friends
5 hours ago
Peter Barnard commented on Peter Barnard's photo

01 The Farm

"Hi Joe, those bins are stll going strong after 4 years, with no modifications. On wet, rainy days I sometimes put spacers under the lids, but that's about all. I used half-inch aluminium rods with 3 inch gaps.  Be careful not to cut the…"
5 hours ago
Harry Hopkins replied to Milt's discussion video of portable sifter
"I'm very impressed and would like to buy one or build one. Where are you located?"
6 hours ago
Dana joined The Worm Factory's group

Worm Factory

The Worm Factory is an upward migration composting worm bin. We created this group to allow owners of the Worm Factory to discuss their experience with it and to allow others who are interested in the product to learn more about it.See More
8 hours ago
Dana joined Steven Chow's group

Stackable Flow Through Bin Owners

A group for people who use the Wriggly Wranch (and others stackable tray) worm bin to talk about / share experiences.I figured there might be enough intricacies specific to the Wriggly Wranch (and every other model of worm bin) to warrant a groupSee More
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Dana joined Steven Chow's group
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Dana updated their profile
8 hours ago
Joseph Anderson commented on Peter Barnard's photo

01 The Farm

"Hi Peter, your flow-throughs look awesome! I am hoping to replicate the tallest bin on the left. Did you do any modifications besides air holes near the top and PVC on the bottom? any advice/materials list you have would be greatly…"
10 hours ago
Misty Miller posted a status
"I am here because I guess when I bought my composter I didn't realize there was so much to it."
13 hours ago
FabricGATOR replied to jyaki's discussion HELP - Deformed Worm dying each day
"EM1 is an anaerobic microganism. The worms need aerobic organisms."
15 hours ago
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Jacob Boswell joined Kate M's group

Raising Worms For Fishing

A group for people who raise worms not only for vermicomposting, but for fishing purposes as well.See More
Jacob Boswell replied to Jacob Boswell's discussion African Nightcrawlers
"I am curious about the jumpers also you know I remember when i was kid we use to buy worms labeled as jumpers and I can also remember when the bait shops sold real red wigglers not the euros that you see now.  funny how things change."
FabricGATOR replied to Jacob Boswell's discussion African Nightcrawlers
"Jacob, why don't you walk across the border and get some of those Alabama jumpers... That's what I want to try, they sound cool. If I had some ANC I would give you and amorous pair to get you started..."
FabricGATOR replied to Kate M's discussion When to harvest?
"Do you test the ph or are you winging it? I ordered a moisture, ph, temp gauge for a few dollars from eBay. Comes from Hong Kong for less than $8, but I have not received it yet. I'll let you know if it's china junk, but it appears to be…"
Kate M replied to Kate M's discussion When to harvest?
"Thanks for all your useful information, FabricGATOR! For claiming to be a "newbie" you seem quite informed! :D In answer to your questions, I've got a rubbermaid tub that I drilled holes in. It's about the same dimensions as…"
FabricGATOR replied to Kate M's discussion When to harvest?
"I just realized or remembered that you are herding ENC's for fishing. I'm not sure if my experience would be the same for your ENC. I think what you are referring to in your initial post, was the automatic population control. I believe…"
FabricGATOR replied to Kate M's discussion When to harvest?
"Hi Kate I just had the same dilemma a few weeks ago. When is it time? How deep should I let it get? Should I add more to the top? My bins are 3.2 sq ft. 17x27x12 deep. I just had about 4 inches in one that was started March 22nd or so. Pretty much…"
Kate M posted a discussion

When to harvest?

At what point do I harvest my castings and worms?I read that if there are a lot of young worms around, the breeders won't have any more. I'm just starting to see a lot of babies around, so should I move them to another bin?I've had my bin for 3 months, cardboard and peat moss. The cardboard isn't gone all the way, but I heard that if you leave the worms in the castings too long, it'll be toxic for them. Any thoughts?Thanks!See More


video of portable sifter 3 Replies

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HELP - Deformed Worm dying each day 61 Replies

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African Nightcrawlers 2 Replies

Started by Jacob Boswell. Last reply by Jacob Boswell yesterday.

When to harvest? 4 Replies

Started by Kate M. Last reply by FabricGATOR yesterday.

Problems with the Map of Vermicomposters? 113 Replies

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Do I do anything different with baby worms? 2 Replies

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VB96 30 Replies

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Colored news paper print.. 4 Replies

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50 Lb Purina Worm Chow $19.50 47 Replies

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Update on sifting redworm eggs 2 Replies

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Portable harvester 3 Replies

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Cocoon nursery 4 Replies

Started by FabricGATOR. Last reply by FabricGATOR Jul 23.

Harvesting Red Worm cocoons and babies 4 Replies

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WormzOrganic closes it's doors 4 Replies

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photo idea 6 Replies

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Consistency of castings 6 Replies

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which species should I use? 3 Replies

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These little things in my worm bin! What are they? 7 Replies

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Such a thing as TOO old manure, leaves, or compost? 3 Replies

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Worm hatching success 7 Replies

Started by Paul Carr. Last reply by Ar-Pharazon Jul 10.

Blog Posts

Carrot Harvest!!

I harvested a few carrots today... I've never been so excited about carrots in my life. It was seriously a huge event this morning. Even the cat came to watch me dig them up. lol. 



Posted by Alex Wyatt on July 22, 2014 at 5:57pm — 2 Comments

The First Taber Gardens

My first experience with a garden was in my Granny's front yard. I have memories of this magical little space under a canopy of low trees. There were pathways between raised beds full of flowers. I must have been about 3 or 4 years old.  My memories of this garden remind me of things I've seen in a magazine. It was absolutely magnificent.

More recently in the past couple of years, I've been experimenting with growing things. I had the brilliant idea to grow…


Posted by Alex Wyatt on July 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments


I finally found some eggs. It was only 3 but im pretty sure there is more. I put my bin outside in the shade this morning cause im having a nit fly problem, but finding the eggs made me stop worrying about the flies.

now im going to try and see if i can catch them hatching.This just gives me more reason to look at them

Posted by Shequtia Jackson on July 9, 2014 at 8:26am

flow though newbie

So I want to start and with a flow through bin. Does anybody have a link on the website to educate me on how to harvest the casings and what the spacing on the grate should be? There are lots of great picture, but how do I harvest?


Posted by Daver on July 6, 2014 at 2:47am — 1 Comment

Bedding material--Lavender stems?

I would like to know if stems from cut lavender serve well as bedding material (instead of things like straw, and perhaps mixed in with newspaper).  The stems are very thin and stiff.  I have a lot of the stuff.  I believe redwood branchlets are NOT good due to the chemicals and wonder if the same is true for fragrant plants lilke lavender.  Anyone tried this or have an opinion?

Posted by Ross Hunter on July 1, 2014 at 3:42pm

Boy Scout Presentation

I recently did a presentation on red worms to a group of 7-year old Boy Scouts.  I had a Mega-Inn in the back of my truck and I was a little apprehensive about the trip to the talk.  I was visualizing taking a corner too fast and having worms all over the bed of the truck.  I didn't make the conversion to the wood frame yet and it still has the PVC piping.  I did make it a bit more sturdy by using duct tape and rope to stabilize the frame.  Plus tying things down somewhat securely in the bed…


Posted by Steve Bichlmeier on June 9, 2014 at 8:31pm

Great Worm Quote

I recently attended a presentation by Dr. Mercola that focused on a number of topics.  One that really struck a chord with me was how negative ions in our environment really have a positive effect on your health.  The water in your cells converts from H2O to H3O2 and is like a mini battery.   Negative ions help recharge your body.  You can get these negative ions through…


Posted by Steve Bichlmeier on June 1, 2014 at 6:54am


I just started worm farming. I'm starting out really small. I only have 124 worms. I call them my ghetto worms. They live in a small container for now and as they multiply I will be moving them into a deluxe apartment(still not the 10 gal container). I know they wish I would go to sleep so I can stop looking at them. I know its gonna take time for them to do their magic but I am so excited I look at them all the time. I quess that why I  enjoy my small container. Im hoping to be able to…


Posted by Shequtia Jackson on May 27, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Overfed a bit

Recently heavy feeding caught up a bit, bins are a little foul. Mixed the contents up, created an additional bin with fairly dry screened mostly finished compost... Then threw much of the excess food into the new bin along with a couple handfuls of worms. 

Bins are prolific, loaded with cocoons, many young worms. Just a few here and there lethargic and slightly swollen. I found one worm being eaten by mites. I might have to bait some of them out of there. 



Posted by Dean Thomson on May 19, 2014 at 8:12pm

First entry

So I am slightly experienced vermicomposter.   I have raised red wigglers and more recently a bin of red wigglers mixed with European night crawlers. 

My order of Alabama jumpers is maybe coming at the beginning of next week?   I put it in on Monday on but haven't been able to get any response whatsoever from the owner :/

In the meantime I just got powdered Dolomite in the mail because I am a heavy vegetable scrap feeder and my bedding is mostly pest…


Posted by Dean Thomson on May 16, 2014 at 8:17pm




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