5 Tips On Worm Composting From A Newbie

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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Cut food as small as possible, it will decompose quicker, speeding up the casting process.

IMG_4783Required 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

4 thoughts on “5 Tips On Worm Composting From A Newbie

  1. Seems to me we should be eating the same things as the worms! Can't wait to start this in my own back yard. I'm reading your link on 10 Mistakes New Gardeners Make.

  2. We also learned (the hard way) to avoid anything resembling an onion with the worms. That was bad! They will avoid anything touching the onion/garlic/leeks. Ooops! I've also found that keeping the worm food scraps in the freezer really works- the freezing helps break down the cell walls in the plant materials and makes it easier for the worms to eat. Plus no smell when keeping the stuff in the freezer. 🙂

  3. Evette – can't wait to see pics of your worm bin when you start. I know that I made almost all 10 of those new gardener mistakes.

    Angela – great tips! I will try the freezer trick, that makes tons of sense. Don't let onions or garlic near my worms, check. Thanks for sharing.

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