How to Use Cornmeal to Attract Earthworms to Your Garden


When you are working in a garden, think of earthworms as your dependable employees. Their droppings are responsible for the addition of organic debris that is rich in nutrients to the ground. As they burrow into the soil, they make room for oxygen and water to reach the roots, which they do by creating tunnels. In addition to this, they break up compacted soils, making it simpler for growing roots to navigate the environment. The capacity of the soil to retain water is further enhanced by the increased quantity of organic material that earthworms provide to the soil. Bringing earthworms into your garden and encouraging them to have offspring may be accomplished by amending your soil with a little amount of organic matter, sometimes known as worm food. Feeding worms with cornmeal is an easy and inexpensive approach to get them to make your garden their home.

  1. As soon as the soil in your garden begins to warm up in the spring, you should begin to entice earthworms to come live there.

  2. Cornmeal should be sprinkled at a rate of one to two pounds per about 18 square feet of planting area. Use your best judgement to create a coating that is just thick enough to protect the soil’s surface.

  3. According to Family Handyman, you should use a shovel to incorporate the cornmeal into the top three inches of the garden soil.

  4. According to instructions from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, water the area such that the soil may maintain a continuous moistness without being soaked. Steer clear of damp and mucky soils since they lack worm activity and should be avoided. Keep a constant eye on the moisture content of the soil since earthworms cannot survive in dry soil.

  5. Wait one month for the garden to grow sufficient bacteria and attract sufficient worms in order for it to be able to digest the cornmeal that you have already added and will continue to add in the future.

  6. Continue feeding by adding an additional 0.5 to 1 pound of cornmeal about every 14 days.

  7. Keep an eye out for an increase in earthworm activity in your garden at regular intervals. This increased activity might be the result of earthworms that you have attracted to your garden or it could be the result of their progeny. If you are not seeing much fresh activity, add live worms that you have either purchased from a bait store, obtained from a someone who produces earthworms, or dug up yourself from a different site. Before the worms make their way into the soil, you should carefully cover them with a little amount of damp dirt to prevent the worms from drying out.


    Cornmeal may be combined with lard or shortening, however this step is optional. The addition of kitchen trash, such as leftover meat and vegetables, is a common practise among those who keep earthworms as pets. Adding cornmeal to your garden should do the job if all you’re looking to achieve is an increase in the number of earthworms that live there. It’s possible that adding more waste may attract animals, plant pests, and germs or fungus that you don’t want. It is also capable of causing scents similar to those of decaying food.