FOR THOSE INVOLVED WITH WORM COMPOSTING, this tip shows you the best way to feed your worms and discusses the best worm food for a mature worm bin. The info comes from the online worm composting class at Wormbincomposting.com.
My worm bin was humming along for a while, but then I ran into some trouble that was caused by my improperly feeding the worms. This method would have avoided my difficulties with worm food. Here’s the process:
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.
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..
3. Grab a handful of pre-composted fruit and vegetable scraps. My worms like chopped up banana peel, strips of carrot, a little bit of coffee grounds and lettuce. If you can pre-compost it for a week or two, they will be able to eat it more easily. Although pre-composting is not necessary, it’s pretty easy to do and makes the food more digestible for the worms.
4. Place the handful of food scraps in the nest in the bin. Cover the scraps with the top bedding.
Below is a video showing you how easy feeding worms is with this process. The feeding process may be easy, but taking pictures and video of worms is a little tougher. For one thing, worms don’t like photo flashes, so you should try to get their picture on the first try. Otherwise, they do a good job hiding. You also should be careful not to drop the 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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