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Vermi-composting is the process of composting using earthworms. The process functions best when red worms, also known as "red wigglers", are used to process the waste materials. Night crawlers are not good worms for vermi-composting. Vermi-composting is often faster, more complete, creates a rich organic material and provides for a good supply of worms for fishing.

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Red worms can eat over half their weight in food each day so it is important to feed them the correct items. Worms like most organic waste, but will not eat anything inorganic such as plastics. Since redworm do not have teeth and their mouths are small, cut up the food waste so it will be easier to take in. Add soil to the compost bin so the worms can use the grit in the soil to help grind the food in their gizzard.

Food Worms Like!!
Food Worms Dislike!!
  • Apples
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Animal Feed
  • Artichokes
  • Lettuce
  • Dairy Products
  • Bananas
  • Molasses
  • Grass Clippings
  • Beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Manure - Cat, Dog or Horse
  • Beets
  • Onions
  • Meats
  • Bran
  • Pancakes/Waffles
  • Oily Foods
  • Bread
  • Honeydew
  • Potato Chips
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya
  • Salted Peanuts
  • Cabbage
  • Pasta
  • Salted Products in General
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pears
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Cereal
  • Potatoes
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Raisins
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Rice
  • Coffee Filters
  • Spinach
  • Corn Meal
  • Tea Bags
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs
  • Turnips
  • Egg Shells
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Zucchini
  • Grits

Bury the food items completely under the bedding so they are not visible from the surface. This prevents odors and fruit flies. Do not add more food than the worms can eat in several days. It is very important to understand that worms cannot eat food unless it has already started to decompose. Fresh food waste placed in the bin cannot be readily eaten until several days have gone by. Start slow so the worms are not overwhelmed with food.

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