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How to avoid worm composting problems

Updated on March 21, 2011

Worm composting is an environment-friendly way to reduce waste that achieves two important purposes. First, it eliminates the organic waste materials naturally. Then, the worm composts are used to nourish the soil which is really good. Because of this, many individuals take time create worm composts so their garden can become more productive. Having said that, you have to learn some important facts about such creatures in order to prevent possible worm composting problems. Commonly,worm composting problems are possible when worms are given the wrong type of food. Here are practical tips to prevent worm composting problems:

Do not feed the worms dairy products or oily food.

Decrease the amount of acidic food given to worms such as orange rinds.

Spray water into the beddings to keep the bin moist.  A very dry environment would surely kill the worms.

Maintain an ideal temperature for your worm bin. Do not expose them to direct sunlight or cold. Maintain a temperature between 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the weather is extremely cold or hot, bring the worms indoor to protect them. It is also possible to use a heating pad during winter season but keep the temperature below 90 degrees unless you want to cook your worms.

Do not place fresh cow manure in the worm bin. This is a possible cause of worm composting problems since manure can raise heat levels in the bin. Also, there are pathogens in the manure that could kill the poor worms.

Leafy vegetables can be good for worms but grass cuttings and alfalfa can increase heat levels which can be another source of worm composting problems.

Make sure that you have properly chopped the food cuttings for the worms. If worms are given proper diet, they can easily grow and reproduce.

Prevent critters like centipede from inhabiting the bin since they kill worms. The compost bin is a natural habitat so expect other critters to live there.

Preventing worm composting problems can be avoided as long as you give them the right diet. In addition to that, it is crucial to maintain the right temperature so they won't easily die. As long as you follow the given tips, you would surely avoid worm composting problems in the future.


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      Wendy S. Wilmoth 7 years ago from Kansas

      Good info, but there's no way I'm bringing worms indoors! :)