6 foods worms love
Compost worms have a hearty apetite and can eat roughly their own body weight per day under ideal conditions. They love a variety of foods but just like us, will tend to eat their favourites first.
Here’s a list of some of the things my worms love to eat:
- watermelon and rockmelon rinds – the soft flesh and sweetness make melon scraps a firm favourite of the compost worm.
- leftover oatmeal – a fellow worm farmer at a garden festival gave me this tip, and since my kids LOVE porridge (and I can never manage to cook the right amount) we have leftover oatmeal most days of the week. The worms love it.
- avocado skins – our family consumes avocados at a concerning rate and the worms manage to keep up. They love hiding under the peels.
- corn cobs – we feed our worms whole cobs and the worms just love to get right inside and hide.
- old or half-eaten apples – throw in soft, bruised or half-eaten apples just as they are. Worms like a bit of variety when it comes to texture.
- shredded newspaper – don’t forget to balance all that organic waste with some shredded moist newspaper or cardboard to keep the nitrogen:carbon ratio in balance and keep your hungry bin smelling lovely.