Worm Composting

Image result for red wigglersI have a small worm composting bin. This is not it, but basically you get the idea. You keep it indoors.

Worm composting is different than regular composting. With regular composting you throw your kitchen waste in a container and keep turning it over and over until it rots into nice looking dirt for your garden.

With worm composting you buy red wiggler worms from someone on Ebay (at least that’s where I get the best luck), throw the worms in with your compost and they eat it and turn it into nice looking dirt for your garden.

You’d be surprised what you can compost with your worms.

First, never feed them oily food, meat or milk products, eggs, or stuff of that nature.

But if something grows, red wrigglers can usually eat it. It’s good to grind it up to small pieces, but they’ll eat it.  According to Cathy’s Crawly Composter, red wigglers “eat most things organic including fruit/veggie scraps, bread, coffee grounds/filters, tea bags, grains, plant trimmings, paper, leaves” and so on.

But did you know if you have a paper shredder you can throw in some of that? Yes you can. Just no plastics or stuff that’s shiny. No plastic windows over envelopes.

So here’s a list of unusual stuff you can feed your red wrigglers.

  1. Lint from your drying machine.
  2. Grass from your lawnmower.
  3. Leaves that fall off your trees.
  4. Cardboard boxes.
  5. Coffee grounds and the coffee filter as well.
  6. Crushed egg shells, but make sure you rinse out the inside to get rid of the egg white before you crush it up and drop it on your worms.

These worms never seem to sleep. Every time I look in on them they’re crawling around, but they never “wander” – crawl out of the container. Finally I figured it was all those coffee grounds that keeps ’em awake.

 

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