Feeding Your Worms

Worms like to eat many of the same things we eat, only they aren’t as picky. Stale bread, apple cores, lettuce trimmings, coffee grounds, and non-greasy leftovers are just some of the foods we usually discard that worms love

Do Feed Worms:

  • Vegetable scraps
  • Fruit scraps and peels (mold/rot is fine)
  • Bread and grains
  • Teabags 
  • Non-greasy leftovers
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Crushed egg shells
  • Napkins, paper towels

Don’t Feed

  • Don't overfeed citrus—should be no more than 1/5 of worm food
  • Meats, fish
  • Greasy foods
  • Dairy products
  • Twigs and branches
  • Dog/cat feces, cat litter

Begin feeding your worms only a little at a time.  As they multiply, you can add larger quantities of food scraps.  After a few months you can feed about a quart of food scraps per square foot of surface area each week.  To avoid fruit flies and odors, bury food under top layer of the bedding.  Don't dump and run!

Worms prefer smaller-sized scraps and will eat through them more quickly than large or whole pieces of food.  

If your worm bin starts to smell bad, it could be a sign that you are adding more food than the worms can process.  If too much food is added, it can even heat up and kill the worms!  Quit feeding for awhile and when most of the food has been eaten, start feeding again.

 

 

 

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