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The Basics on Composting Worms

Updated on December 29, 2010

The things that you must know about vermicomposting will help you take care of your composting worms more.  More than that, these information will lead you to a more rewarding experience.

About the Composting worms

First, the best kind of composting worm is the Red Wigglers.  They inhibit the qualities suited for the vermicomposting process.  You have to know that they are able to eat as much as their body mass but they going beyond that amount will produce foul odor or may even lead to their death.  Red Wiggler worms are not fond of light so they prefer a dark environment.  A temperature of 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit will suit them best.  They will try to escape in their first few days but that’s normal though.

Food Matters

Composting worms are organic waste lovers.  Only, there are things to consider.  You can feed them grass cuttings or dried leaves but not those that were sprayed with insecticides or pesticides.  You can feed them with fruit peelings like banana peels but not with those that are highly acidic like citrus.  It is also recommended that you do not feed them with onions and garlic.  Meanwhile, if you are to give the worms with kitchen scraps, make sure that you do not give them oily foods.  Dairy products, meat (either cooked or raw), fish, bones and pet manure (except for rabbit manure which is highly rich in nitrogen) as these will cause bad odor and will invite insects inside the bin.  Red Wiggler worms do not also have teeth which is why it is important that foods given to them are always cut into pieces.  It is also better if you dig their foods at least 3 inches so that flies cannot go after the organic wastes. offers live and healthy worms for composting like Red Wiggler worms and European Nightcrawlers.They also offer quality organic gardening products from organic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides to other green gardening supplies and equipments. Visit their site and browse their catalog to know more about their products.


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      wormcompostingfan 7 years ago

      Thanks cupid51 :)

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Very nice information but awful picture! Thanks for sharing.