Compost worms will thrive in a wormery and produce plenty of worm compost if given the same ingredients that you would put into a cold compost bin, with a few notable differences;
- Cooked vegetables
Getting the mix of greens and browns right is important. Worms prefer more greens to browns, 75% green waste to 25% brown waste. In addition to this soaking the paper and card in water before adding them to the wormery helps keep the bin contents moist, worms like a slightly damp but not soggy habitat.
Worms don't like too much food - a little and often is always best. They are also not keen on
- Citrus fruit - orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit etc
- Pieces of woody stuff
- Large pieces anything - chop it up for them, after all they have no teeth!
- All the things on the usual "don't go there" list except those listed above. If you give them meat fish or diary you will attract flies and end up with maggots every time. The only thing you can do if this happens is bury the contents of the wormery and start all over again.
- Fried food
Remember - "If in doubt - leave it out."
If you have something you want to feed to your worms and are not certain please ask me.