How to Keep Your Compost Worms Warm During the Winter

Believe it or not, compost worms can't be of much value to you if they are dead or are unhealthy from being kept in temperatures that are too cold. They can't be kept healthy if they aren't kept warm. You can keep your worms warm and healthy by following the 5 steps below:

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Compost worms
  • Compost bins
  • Straw
  • Dead leaves
  • Green waste
  • Carbon
  • Newspapers
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Straw
  • Wood chips
  • Egg cartons     

Step 1 – Move Your Compost Bin to a Warm Place

During colder months, move your compost bin to a warmer location such as your garage, storage shed, or even under your kitchen sink.

Step 2 – Provide Coverage

Use dead leaves or straw to cover your compost bin and protect it from cold winds.

Step 3 – Keep Nitrogen Balanced

Add charcoal or hardwood ashes to provide a more balanced introgen content.

Step 4 – Insulate Your Compost Bin

Use newspapers, vegetable scraps, wood chips, straw or even egg cartons to shield your worms from cold weather temperatures.

Step 5 – Care for Your Compost During Cold Months

Lack of care is the most common cause of dead worms. To keep your worms healthy during winter months keep the compost pile active.