I'll be cleaning out my worm bins soon. If you are in the Muskogee area and have some interest in starting a worm compost bin, let me know and I'll give you some starter worms.
Here's my 2008 article about one of my compost worm projects.
Here's the Texas extension service info on compost worms
Here are some interesting sites about composting with red worms:
Red Worm Composting
Uncle Jim's Worm
Waste Company has good basic how to info on their site and they aren't
selling anything either. < ; - )
Here are their basic instructions on Start a Worm Bin
- Find or build a shallow container (about l6-l8 inches
deep), wooden boxes, plastic storage containers work well. Drill drainage
- Fill your worm bin with moist bedding - brown leaves, shredded paper
or cardboard, straw or peat moss -work well. Add a handful of dirt.
about one pound of-red wriggler composting worms (will consume about 1/2 pound
of food a day)- check in friend's compost pile or call a worm supplier
Rotate the burial location of food scraps throughout the bin.
- Every 3 to 6
months push the old bedding and decomposing scraps to one side of the bin,
re-bed the empty side and start burying food waste in the fresh bedding
After allowing the older scraps to finish for another month or so, remove the
compost and add more fresh bedding
Another idea from my brother who has done this before, was to put 4-bales of
straw in a square, put in the moistened bedding and previously rotted food
scraps or composted manure. As the worms multiply they will move into the straw
As the bales collapse, put two of them onto the garden and use the other two
to start the next round.
By the way, compost worms cannot survive in the garden where earthworms