Pizza crust (without the cheese) Pasta (no butter sauce) Rice (brown or white, long or short grain) Bread (whole wheat, sourdough or whatever you like) Pancakes (or waffles without the whipped butter or cream) Of course, red wigglers also enjoy materials not in a healthy human diet.
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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). 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. We’ve tried a bunch of foods in our bins at home and have a nice list for you to keep things simple.
Vegetable scraps: apple cores, peels, carrot tops and wilted lettuce or trimmings. Non-citrus fruit work best, such as watermelon rind, strawberry tops, old blueberries, etc.
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.
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Red worms, just like other earthworms, play a crucial role in the ecosystem. But the most important contribution of red worms in the environment has to do with composting.
If you have a backyard garden, vermicomposting using red worms provides you a good source of healthy soil for the plants. As red worms eat the organic matter, they leave behind their castings or poops.
These castings are rich in phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium which serve as natural fertilizers for the plants. Moreover, having red worms helps create pockets of air in the soil.
These pockets of air are healthy for the plants as they allow for the nutrients and water to easily flow to the roots. These include fruits like bananas, plums, peaches, apples, grapes and mangoes.
You can add them to your compost bin as food for the red worms. You can shred them to small pieces before feeding them to the red worms.
However, the key to keeping your worms healthy is to feed them just the right kind of food. Feeding your red worms with the wrong organic matter often results to bad odor in the compost.
Raising red worms and feeding them well offer many other benefits. Another major impact of red worms is in recycling matter that will otherwise end up in the garbage and ultimately in the landfill.
Composting benefits the ecosystem by naturally recycling matter that might otherwise end up in a landfill. You’ll have high success rate in getting healthy castings if you feed your red worms with the right organic matter.
Browns may be food or non-food items, such as coffee grounds, paper, egg cartons, or dry leaves. A healthy worm bin should smell like soil, a pleasant smell to many. If you are not sure if your bin is getting enough airflow, stir it up and mix in some additional newspaper bedding.
Grains, cooked or uncooked (rice, oats, barley, wheat, etc.) The smaller the pieces, the quicker they'll break down in the compost pile.
Be sure to cut cores in half and break down the pumpkin you forgot to eat. So, it should come as no surprise that compost worms avoid the potato peels they're served.
Too much food can also push the air out of the bin, leading to foul-smelling anaerobic decomposition. The breeding cycle is approximately 27 days from mating to laying eggs.
A hefty serving of grass clippings seems like all the food a herd of red wigglers should need in a week. However, if you have “clean” grass, or other yard waste, for that matter, allow it to dry out a bit and layer it loosely in the bin.
LOVE: Vegetable scraps: apple cores, peels, carrot tops and wilted lettuce or trimmings. Plan to feed your outdoor composting worms about once every 2 or 3 weeks.
Rotting food can attract fruit flies and cause a bad odor. A halved avocado is a perfectly cozy spot for worms to dine to their heart's content.
Don't forget that tough outer skin and huge avocado seed! They take much longer to be broken down, but eventually they too become part of the bedding that becomes the dark, rich, and natural fertilizer we love.
To keep red wigglers and other compost worms alive and healthy, there are only a few things that must be done: Mature worm scan produce two cocoons per week under ideal conditions.