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Feeding your Worms

Because your worms are partial to the bacteria and fungi on your food scraps it means they are not particularly fussy eaters.

There are a few rules to follow when deciding what to give them, but in general you can feed them most things.


Things To Include

Fruit and veg peelings
Waste fruit and veg
Plate scrapings
Mouldy stuff from the fridge- e.g baked beans, salsa dips....
Small amounts of bread
Small amounts of pasta
Small amounts of rice
Small amounts of chicken droppings
Cake (but why would you want to throw this away?)
Cereals
Citrus in small quantities
Cooked egg in small quantities


Things To Avoid

Garden waste - for the following reasons
1) You will most probably have a council collection for this
2) The very brown dry twiggy stuff which makes up most garden waste is too hard for worms to chew on and will just stay there in it's original form for aeons.
3) Grass is not good in wormeries, as it quickly turns to mush and goes black and horrid before your worms have a chance to munch on it.

Raw meat, fish and dairy - These are best avoided, because they will quickly go rancid before the worms have a chance to eat it.

Dog and Cat poo - it's nasty smelly stuff and can carry diseases, so it's best disposed of in a knotted carrier bag in the dustbin

Pickled foods - pickled foods will not rot down quickly, because pickling preserves foods. They may effect the pH levels of your bin making it an unpleasant environment for your worms.


Things To Avoid

If you have given your worms an abnormal amount of scraps, they will be struggling to keep up. This could slow down the composting process, resulting in rather unpleasant looking contents and the possibility of fruit flies. Although fruit flies are harmless, they are a nuisance, and unfortunately they like all the same foods that the worms like. So make sure you don't overload your Hungry Bin!

Over-feeding will result in an unhealthy Hungry Bin!

Over-feeding will result in an unhealthy Hungry Bin!

Fruit flies will lay eggs in rotting food.

Fruit flies will lay eggs in rotting food.

Fruit fly larvae are a sign of over-feeding!

Fruit fly larvae are a sign of over-feeding!

A note on the Animal By-Products Regulation

There is no need to worry, as this doesn't effect householders composting on their own land and using the compost on the same land.

If you have chickens, then you must make sure that the compost is used in places where the chickens cannot get to it. If you have goats, be warned that according to the regulations, its illegal to compost your kitchen waste if you own any cloven hooved animal.

For more information visit the DEFRA Animal By-Products site.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/by-prods/default.htm

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