imafan26
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what to feed the worms

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I have been vermicomposting for about a year. I have made a lot of mistakes like not keeping my media wet enough and nearly drowning the worms. I have overfed them to the point of smelling all that amonia, and underfed them so that I have to replace the newspaper every three weeks, I even thought they were dead, but somehow they still survived.

I know not to feed them citrus peels and papaya seeds. I do give them kale and swiss chard leaves as well as vegetable peelings. I don't put that much fruit in the bin except for banana peels because I don't like to attract fruit flies.

What else can I give them? Can i give them weeds and ornamental plant leaves? Someone told me I can give them cooked rice and vegetables.
What about cottage cheese?

They seem to take a lot longer digesting potato peels and the hard parts of the chard and kale. I usually just fish that out. They also do not seem to like onion peels and leaves either. I do not add eggshells until the vermicast is collected. :roll:
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Right that they don't like onion and garlic. They also don't like really hard stuff, so things like apples, carrots work better either chopped fine or cooked a bit. Left over cereal and cooked rice works.

I give mine pulverized egg shells, coffee grounds, with the filter (torn in pieces), used tea bags, most veggie scraps. I haven't tried weeds/ plant leaves, but I don't see why not. The worms would certainly eat that stuff in compost pile. Maybe next time I trim the houseplants, I will put some in.

Don't know about dairy. I do put things like strawberry tops and apple cores in, just buried deeply to avoid attracting flies.

I put lots of fall leaves in mine and they seem to go through that pretty quickly, leaving all the hard leaf stems behind.
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imafan26
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Thanks Rainbow, the cottage cheese may not be such a good idea. I just hate wasting it. It is a bit salty so that might not be so good for the worms either.
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