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Nikki holding a worm composter
Worm composting is a great way to quickly make use of food waste. Nikki Cross shares reasons for getting one plus advice on which worms to buy.

Helpful information

Timing: All year around

Where to do it: Outdoors, indoors

Garden space: Small garden, balcony, allotment

  • Adding food waste to your worm composter offers light physical movement
  • Reduce and reusing food waste can be extremely satisfying, knowing you're supporting the whole ecosystem
  • There are worm composters for indoors or outdoors, making them suitable for every type of space
A worm composter in a container
A worm composter sunk into a raised bed

I am very passionate about recycling and reusing as much as I can in the garden. At my polytunnel allotment this year, I wanted to add a composter. It is a small space, so I decided to look into alternatives to help me recycle my kitchen waste and plant waste.

When I was researching what options were available, I came across a worm composter!

A worm composter is different from a normal compost bin. It is sunken into your raised bed and has holes in the side of the bin. These allow the worms to get into the bin and to help airflow.

It also turns out that a worm composter doesn‘t just attract worms. I have found woodlice and slugs in mine too!

Worm compost is great for all plants – especially house plants, fruit bushes and vegetables.

You can add a worm composter indoors or outdoors. You can even get a worm composter with legs which can be kept in your kitchen!

The good thing about worm composting is it can make compost quickly. You might have new compost in three months!

Make it easier

If you have mobility issues, keep your worm composter in a convenient location. You could place it as near as possible to your kitchen so you don't have to walk as far to deposit fruit and vegetables etc.

Have your composter at a suitable height. This will make it easier to add things in and take them out.

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Eggshells, raw vegetables and fruit in a worm composter

You can add any of these items to your worm composter:

  • Any raw vegetables except for onions, leeks and garlic
  • Any fruit except citrus peelings
  • Teabags
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Bread (in small amounts)
  • Garden waste (including weeds)
  • Newspaper
  • Shredded office paper
  • Cardboard

Avoid adding any of the following to your worm composter:

  • Dairy products
  • Fat or grease
  • Meat or fish

If you want to add worms to your composter, you can buy vermicomposting worms online. The best worms to add to your worm composter are called red wriggles or red worms.

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