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What Your Worms Should Eat

Proper feeding of your worms is very important.

Now that your tenants have moved into their new home, it is important to monitor what they eat. Generally, redworms are not very picky, but there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which food scraps to feed your wiggly little tenants. It is strongly recommended that only organic scraps and paper be fed to the worms. If placed in the bin, other materials could be harmful to the worms or increase the likelihood of odor from the byproduct being produced.

What to Include in Your Worm Bin

Here are a few examples of what should and should not be placed in the worm bin:


  • Coffee filters and grinds
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Tea bags and leaves
  • Crushed egg shells
  • Cereals and breads


  • Glass, plastic and metal
  • Grease, fats and oils
  • Meat and bones
  • All dairy products
  • Pet waste and litter

Next step: learn how to harvest vermicompost.

Revised July 30, 2014

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