Updated: August 23, 2010
What’s the best worm food for a worm composting bin? It’s not as simple a question as it sounds.
My worm bin was humming along for a while. Then I ran into some trouble that was caused by my method of feeding the worms.
The worms were crawling out of the bin in mass. They just didn’t want to be there any more. And they weren’t many eggs or baby worms.
If I had used the following method, I would have avoid lots of problems.
Here’s my new process:
Step 1: Tear up some black & white newspaper into very thin strips. Take the strips and clump them together into a shape that looks somewhat like a bird’s nest.
Step 2: Push back the top bedding and dig a hole in a corner of your bin. Take the nest of paper strips and place it in the hole.
Step 3: Grab a handful of pre-composted fruit and vegetable scraps. My worms like chopped up banana peel, strips of carrot and lettuce. You probably know what your worms like. If you can pre-compost it for a week or two, they will be able to eat it more easily. By pre-composting, I mean just let it sit around. Although pre-composting is not necessary, it’s pretty easy to do and makes the food more digestible for the worms. It’s not that important what you feed them, as long as it’s not something that has a strong taste of is too acidic.
Step 4: Place the handful of food scraps in the nest in the bin. Cover the scraps with the top bedding that was already in the bin before you started this process.
The feeding process may sound easy, but taking pictures and video of worms is a little tougher.
For one thing, worms don’t like photo flashes. They run and hide. So I had to get their picture on the first try. They do a good job hiding.
I also found out the hard way not to drop video camera into the worm bin or you’ll be explaining to your wife why it has worm castings on it.
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