5 more things you need to know before you start worm composting

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Excess water can kill your worms

As stated earlier worms breathe through their skin, and excess water in your bin can kill your worms. Some worm farms like the Worm Factory 360 have a spigot that can allow you to drain any excess moisture.

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The spigot on Worm Factory 360

However, do-it-yourself composters need to drill holes in the bottom of their bin or maintain the moisture level with balanced food and bedding. You can manage moisture in your worm farm by adding dry bedding with every feeding. At the beginning of your journey, monitor how much your worms eat. Only feed your worms enough to last two days. Increase feedings as you notice population growth.

Red wigglers eat half their weight a day

The reason why many people compost with red worms instead of earthworms, is the amount of food they consume. Earthworms also live off leaves and decomposing matter, but they don’t eat half their body weight a day. Instead, they only eat 1/4th or 1/3rd of their weight every day. They also like to live with more space between worms.

Redworms or blue worms are the ideal choices for vermicomposting because they eat so much and live in colonies. You will be surprised as your worm population grows, and grows, and grows! Worms are self-regulating. and will their population based on space and available food.

Worms eat a wide variety of foods

One of the additional benefits of red wigglers is their ability to eat a wide variety of food and paper waste. Worms love items like avocado, coffee grounds, ground-up eggshells, broccoli, mushrooms, lettuce, and more.

You can also shred any non-glossy, unbleached paper products to use as bedding. Bedding absorbs any leachate and allows the worms to fully process the waste into

Worm can compost paper and cardboard

Worm castings are nutrient-rich

Summary

The environmental impact of food waste is a big problem here in America and across the world. We must address this problem because we need to tackle global warming and climate change from a variety of angles.

Thankfully there are a few options to help you address your own waste in your own home. However, it is important that we also continue to advocate that our cities provide municipal programs and environmentally friendly pick-up options.

Until then share how you reduce food waste in the comments below.
What strategies are you using? What’s working for you?

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