This is my second garden ever and I learned a lot from last year’s crop. I believe that my worm castings as compost is a big part of why my plants are growing so vibrantly this year. I would like to take this time to thank the worms living in my Worm Factory 360 for over a year now. Now it is high time I give you more tips to keep your worms happily producing the “black gold” your plants crave.
- Know what you can share with your red wiggler worms:
- YES TO fruit & vegetable scraps, stems & peels, grains, cereals, bread & corn meal, egg shells (dried/pulverized), coffee grounds & filter, hair, dryer lint, vacuum cleaner dust, dry grass clippings & leaves and more, see full list.
- NO TO meat, poultry, seafood, bones, dairy products, oily or salty foods, acidic foods (pineapple, citrus), spicy foods, processed food, plastic and more see full list.
- Get a large enough container for left over food remnants. Use something you already have, but make sure that it has a lid that can be closed tightly. I place the remnants into a re-used bag from a loaf of bread and store the bag in a container with a lid that closes tightly. Place the container close to where you prep food. I chop over the sink and have the container right below.
- Don’t worry about bugs living and visiting in and around your worm bin. Many bugs are actually helping with the decomposition of the remnants. DIY Fruit Fly Traps (1) Use a vacuum to collect (2) Place a jar of apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap. Add plastic wrap at the top and poke holes. This video is worth a watch as it explains a lot of what you need to know about the bug situation in your own worm bin eco-system.
- Worms like to eat your remnants when it is rotting and decomposing. To speed up this process, store remnants in the container discussed in number 2, wait a few days before placing it in the worm bin. Don’t let it go too long or else it may get a bit smelly. TIP: If you are worried about your container smelling, add some shredded cardboard and/or newspaper to the bottom as it can help quell odors.
- Cut food as small as possible, it will decompose quicker, speeding up the casting process.
Required reading for all new gardeners: 10 Mistakes New Gardeners Often Make.
I made almost all 10 of those mistakes last year. I have been fooled once and learned my lesson for this season. – GreenUp! Guy