Non-citrus fruit work best, such as watermelon rind, strawberry tops, old blueberries, etc. Drastically limit citrus or eliminate all together to avoid fruit flies and to keep the bin clean smelling and easy to work with.
Onions Spicy peppers Twigs Meat Daily Oily foods Plastic Metal Glass Animal feces FINICKY EATERS: If after a week you notice food hasn’t been touched, they may not be too fond of it.
EASY TO PLEASE: If they are happy with the food, temperature and moisture level, they will stay put in the bin even with the top off! SPOIL ‘EM ROTTEN: If you really want to make brats out of your worms, chop up their food.
Your bin may be completed in record time by making it easier for the worms to break down the scraps. You can also store chopped up food in the frig until ready to feed if you end up with extra.
PUT THAT FOOD TO BED: Because we keep our worms inside our garage, it’s important to us that the bin not call fruit flies, mice or get over-run with ants. Folks that dump food on top increase the chance of fruit flies or yukky smells. The best method is to make layers of food and bedding with a big layer of bedding on top.
We make our own fertilizers and have info on this site and more comprehensive e-book with tons of great recipes. We add them by the bucket to our garden beds in the spring, and we use them to make compost tea rather than buy commercially available worm casting products.
Given the right conditions red wiggler composting worms can double their population in just 90 days. So a small initial investment in 1,000 red wigglers can lead to a pretty sizeable population of worms in no time at all.
But for most of us who raise red wigglers including me this rate of population growth can’t be sustained for very long. These include insufficient food supply, overcrowding, too little or too much moisture, inadequate air flow, too much light.
Red wigglers can eat about 50% of their body weight in food every day. But if you want your population to grow you’ll want to provide them with food equivalent to 50% of their body weight or more per day.
But what if you have six pounds of composting worms or 8 or 12, and you want to keep the population growing and producing more castings for your garden. And that’s when we turn to using free resources in the community to supplement a red wigglers' food supply.
Also, more recently we started collecting spent brewery grains from a local microbrewery. By adding these free resources we now have more than enough food to keep our red wiggler population growing.
Our household and property don’t produce nearly that much food scraps and shredded paper or leaves per week. So the additional free resources we collect make all the difference.
Bananas, pumpkin skins, eggshells, avocados, coffee grounds and leaves, I weigh out 3.5 pounds of food scraps, coffee grounds and leaves and add them to the bin.
Other than some leaves and coffee grounds you can see that the worms have done a pretty good job of eating most of the food from their last feeding. If on the other hand I found that a lot of food was accumulating I know that I was overdoing it and would reduce the feedings.
Over the course of the week I’ll make sure that each bin receives a similar feeding. I’ll run out of space to house the worms, or it will just take too much time.
So by taking advantage of these valuable free resources we have more than enough food to keep our red wiggler population growing for the time being, and we do our small part to put these materials to good use in our garden and keep them out of landfills. You’ll just have to feed them decomposing organic wastes, that have been cut or chopped into smaller pieces already; and are then buried under the ground (to sway away from unwanted visits from pests and to also avoid odor build-ups).
Moving forward, the best thing that you can feed your red wigglers is animal manure. Only feed them something that has been days old already; and have been produced by vegetable eating animals, like rabbits for example (manure from pets are not as healthy especially for worm consumption).
The acid content will definitely aid in lowering the pH level of the worm bin. Raw eggshells with some egg white’s still stuck inside (it’s best to clean these before using them for your worms, as these may carry diseases that can harm your compost pals).
Make it a point to take in these considerations on what to feed red wigglers, before you put in any kind of organic waste inside their bin. It's a misconception that red wigglers will eat just about any food scraps you choose to give to them.
One thing you'll note about the worm foods on this list is that most are moist, soft, and/or low in acidity. As a general rule, you should feed worms a mix of equal parts “brown” and “green” foods.
And in the case of meats, fats, and grease, these foods attract insects and can stink up a worm bin or garden in short order. If you're using a bin, make sure to cover the food with bedding to help minimize attention from flies or other critters and to reduce odors.
Remember, worms can eat up to half their weight in food each day if they are in a fully established vermicomposter. By keeping these tips in mind, you'll have a healthy, happy worm bin and better soil for a better garden.
So before you go right ahead into feeding these breeding earthworms what's left on your kitchen counter or from your garden, check first these helpful tips below. Peels from fruits and vegetables (can be uncooked) -You can try feeding them some Lettuce.
Feed them the right foodstuff, and they'll in turn, give you the best results (some nutrient-filled castings). Failing to feed them the right stuff may lead to your Wiggler worms demise.
Meat and Dairy products Poultry Seafood Fatty, Oily, and Salty foods Acidic foods and citrus fruits Spicy Food and Herbs Processed food Onions and Garlic Poisonous plants or plants that have been sprayed on with insect killer products Glossy paper or paper that has colored ink on it Soap So make sure to put in those brown and green stuff inside the bin (should be in 50-50 portions).
Brown materials are typically high in carbon, as those green stuff contains lots of nitrogen. They mainly burrow in the top few inches of soil and release copious amounts of oxygen from their skin so long as their beds are kept moist and food is available.
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Allow one square foot of surface area in containers for each pound of food waste for a week. The scraps of peelings, leftovers, and plant parts of all food items.
Flood with water for 2 days if ants are noticed in spite of efforts. Drill 2 to 3 small holes in the bottom of the worm bin for drainage.
Mice, spider, and other pests find a worm bin difficult to get into when a widow screen is positioned in place over the top of the vermicomost bin.