What is it?
If worm composting is something you've been thinking about, here are a few tips and things to get you started.
What do I need?
Next you will need to fill the container about 3/4 full with bedding, which can consist of straw, shredded paper (with no color), chopped up leaves, etc. Also throw in a handful of sand and soil and you'll have a pretty good mixture. Make sure not to pack down the bedding because you want to leave space for air circulation. The bedding should be damp. If it's too dry, the worms won't eat it and if it's too wet, it'll start to rot and smell.
*** Please note: with adequate food and a comfy home, worms can double their population in about 90 days. Starting small may not be a bad idea!
So what goes into a worm compost that they will eat and convert into some glorious fertilizer for your garden? You can throw in everything that you would throw into a typical compost bin: egg shells, fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, etc. To keep away flies, critters, and the STINK around your bin, avoid fatty foods, meats, grains, dairy, and especially fish. Try to stuff the food waste below the bedding and pick a different spot within the bin each day. If you do start to get an odor, you may be "feeding" the worms more than they can handle on a daily basis. The odor is most likely coming from the rotting food, not the composting, so try cutting back how much you put in the bin at a time.