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Worm food: What to feed and what NOT to feed worms!

Worm Farm FAQ, Worm Farming., Wormson January 7th, 2010No Comments

What to Feed the Worms

When it comes to feeding, just remember, “anything that was once living can be fed to the worms” (Nancarrow 98).

These include:

– Egg and avocado shells.

– Teabags and coffee filters. (remove the staple)

– Meat in very small amounts. Due to the flesh rotting and causing odours. (I choose not to feed my worms farm meat products)

– Any vegetable and a majority of fruits.

– Carbon – newspapers, cardboard. Be sure to moisten and tear into small strips

(a paper shredder comes in handy for this) prior to adding to your farm. Heavily inked  paper is not advised.

– Unprocessed bran. This helps to clear out their systems and help to maintain a healthy worm farm.

– Mushrooms.

– Bananas.

– And, of course, leftovers!

But keep the following out of the worm farm:

– Hair.

– Fresh manures and wastes. These often have active vermicides in them so if you added  these to your worm farm you would end up killing your entire population over night. If   you are unsure of the age of the manure you would like to use be cautious and wait

– the maximum time (3 months) for the vermicides to dissipate.BookCoverOnBook

– Heavily spiced foods.

– High concentrations of fats, salts, vinegars.

To find out all the foods you should and shouldn’t be feeding the composting worms check out the new book

“Worm Farming for Beginners”.

Have a look at the contents page to discover just what is needed to begin your own Vermiculture endeavour!

Vermicompost/ vermicomposting.

Worm Farm Benefits, Worm Farm FAQ, Worm Farming., Wormson January 3rd, 2010No Comments

Vermicompost/ vermicomposting.

What is vermi-compost?

– Vermi-compost is the end product from composting with worms.

– Vermi-compost contains castings, broken down organic matter, bedding, worms, worm cocoons, and other organisms.- (Nancarrow 98).

Vermi-compost is a intensely  rich & micro bacteria loaded product that earthworms & compost worms excrete when they digest their food .

Vermicomposting utilises composting worms to convert organic wastes into high quality compost. This is one of the way s of composting kitchen scraps into a valued garden media.

Many gardeners use vermicomposting systems for all their garden and kitchen waste, reducing their garbage by up to a third and providing their own organic fertiliser for gardens on verandas and rooftops to grow their own organic produce.

Castings contain:

– A neutral pH of 7 no matter what the diet of the worm.

– (“If you are looking for worms, you are in the right place!”

– Beneficial bacteria, plant growth hormones, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, selenium, organic carbon.

– 5 times the available nitrogen, 7 times the available potash, and 1 1/2 times the available calcium than found in good top soil. (“Earthworms as a natural resource” Chapman, Ingrid.)

– Humic acid: which is a beneficial fungal activator.BookCoverOnBook

– Fulvic acid: which is a beneficial bacteria activator.

– Auxins: which is an organic substance characterised by its ability to promote growth, particularly in roots. It is an active ingredient in

rooting compounds.

– Not a single trace of E.coli, salmonella or other pathogens as they are destroyed due to the competition from the active micro

flora and intestinal secretions. Most of our human pathogens are anaerobic and cannot survive in the aerobic environment      created by worms.


There’s nothing better to put in your garden!

For ALL the information you need to know about vermin-composting simply purchase:

Worm Farming for Beginners.

Red Wiggler Worms / Red Worms.

Worm Farm Benefits, Worm Farm FAQ, Worm Farming., Wormson January 3rd, 2010No Comments

Red Wiggler Worms / Red Worms.

Generally the worms used for composting are called red worms:

Eisenia Andrei/fetida or Lumbricus rubellis. These worms are ideal for composting as they are ferocious eaters, surface dwellers and prolific breeders.They love to live in close, highly populated environments and don’t burrow deeply into their housing structures.  If you hear the term “red wigglers or Red Worms” you know your purchasing the right type of worm. There are other types of worms that can be used:

– African night crawlers: Eudrilus eugenia, but as the name suggests, if they’re not     happy they WILL crawl away in the night.

Gardeners friend worms: Amynthus gracious/corticus.

– Tiger worms: Eisenia fetida.

– Blues: Perionix excavatus/spenceralia.

Garden earthworms are not suitable for composting so please leave them be in the garden so as they may tunnel deeper down in the soil to help the garden.

Red wiggler worms can process large amounts of organic matter and under perfect situations can eat their body weight each day. They also reproduce rapidly and are tougher and quicker breeders. Than other types of composting worms.

Red wigglers can be used for feeding other “pets” as well:

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  • Pet Birds
  • Turtles
  • Iguanas
  • Aquarium Fish
  • Pond Fish
  • Salamanders
  • Snakes
  • Frogs

For more information and practical advice/tips on how to care raise Red wigglers/Red Worms-

Check out my new book!  Worm Farming for Beginners.

Ideal for all worm farmers out there!  You’ll never need to visit a website for information again!!