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What Do Worms Like to Eat?

Category: Worm Bin Composting | Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:50 pm

Worms will eat your garbage - they will eat your manures (stay away from domesticated animal manures like dog and cat), they will eat shredded paper (none of the slick stuff), they will eat your leaves and grass, they will eat your cardboard, they will eat your saw dust (wood shavings), and they will eat your food waste.

In particular they love - coffee grounds, cardboard, melon rinds, and all sorts of "sh_t."

Manures mixed with wood shavings is a great combination. Melon rinds are great if you have a mite infestation.

Shredded paper and leaves are a great layer to add after you layer on food waste. I really mix these things up in the winter to get some good composting action going for the colder temps. In the heat of summer you need to keep things simple to produce as little heat as possible.

Use some kind of processor for your food waste to get the pieces small. I use a butcher knife or a food processor on pulse.

My neighbor saves me all his waste from his kitchen in a bucket. I don't process any of that, I just dump it into my worm bin. But when I go to the grocer and get food waste from the produce department then I process that because it is all still whole.

The processing is just so the composting process will move along faster.

That's what worms like to eat in a nut shell.


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eileen wrote on Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:10 am:

Now I know why I have so many worms in my compost bins - I'm feeding them all the right stuff!!!! Today they got an extra helping of sawdust as we were cutting fence posts. LOL

pondlady wrote on Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:53 am:

As I understand it, no meat or dairy products tho, huh?

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