Pearthworms has designed a sticker to help remind you and your household members what to feed your worms.
Stick it on the Hungry Bin lid or on your kitchen scraps caddy.
The bin can be kept in the garden, on a balcony, in a garage or basement. The bin can be wheeled between different locations depending on the weather conditions or season.
Ideally choose a sheltered, shady spot for the hungry bin – the ideal temperature is between 15-25 degrees Celsius (60-85F). Avoid extremes of temperature, particularly full sun in summer, as temperatures over 35C (95F) may kill the worms.
Choose a sheltered, shady spot that is easily accessible. The ideal temperature range is between 15 and 25 degrees Celcius (60-85F). Extremes should be avoided as temperatures above 35C (95F) can kill the worms. The bin can be kept in the garden, on a balcony, in a garage or basement. The bin can be wheeled between different locations depending on the weather conditions or season.
What to feed worms
Compost worms benefit from a balanced diet. They will eat most normal kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps. Avoid feeding the worms large quantities of meat, citrus, onions and dairy foods. Some processed food also contains preservatives, which discourage the worms from eating it. These foods won’t harm your worms, but they will avoid them and those scraps will break down and rot in the bin. The worms will eat their preferred food first but like to have some variety. The smaller and softer the scraps, the easier it is for the worms to digest and process them into castings.
Compost worms need a moist environment. The hungry bin has been designed so that excess moisture drains from the bottom; maintaining optimal conditions. Generally, water should not need to be added to the hungry bin as food scraps have a high water content, which will keep the bin moist.
If the bin appears to be drying out, or you have added a lot of dry matter such as shredded paper or cardboard, water can be sprinkled over the top to increase the moisture level.
The hungry bin creates the ideal housing for happy worms. Once the bin is assembled (see assembly instructions) bedding material is needed to settle the worms into their new home. For best results place at least 80 litres of compost (2 x 40L bags for example), potting mix, coconut fibre, soil or shredded paper into the bin.