Tip: How to keep worms in your compost pile

compost in lid
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
worms in lid
When you set your compost in your lid, the worms will travel down to the deepest part of the lid, which is the dent by the handle. Remove the compost and nudge the worms out of the lid and place them back into you compost bin. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

I like to have worms in my compost bin to help break down the plant matter that will turn into rich compost.

When I harvest my finished (or partly finished) compost from the bottom of my bin, it’s full of worms.

I don’t need the worms in my gardens or containers; I’d prefer to keep them in my compost bin, but I don’t want to take the worms out one by one.

Here’s a quick way to congregate many worms in one spot. Get the lid of a compost bin or garbage can. You need a lid that has a dent on the inside of the lid. (The dent on the inside is where the handle sticks out on the outside of the lid.)

Set your worm-filled compost on the inside of the lid and wait a few hours. The worms will travel to the deepest part of the lid.

Remove the compost, then gently nudge the worms out of the dent and add the worms back into your compost bin.

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3 Comments on “Tip: How to keep worms in your compost pile

  1. Linda, I don’t think it’s detrimental to your garden that you don’t have worms. “Most people don’t realize that there are no native earthworms in our area,” said Andrea Locke of (PRISM). “All our worms are invasives.” See more here.

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