I do vermicomposting – Composting with worms. I have been doing this for about 13 years and I love it. I get incredible compost in a very short amount of time and it is easy-peasy. No turning, no balancing carbon/nitrogen ratios. Just feed the worms kitchen scraps and walk away. (I also do regular composting in bins)
When I first started out, I made my own worm bin out of a big plastic tub. Then I created a larger one on the ground. I eventually graduated to a deluxe model called "Can-O-Worms" and have never looked back. (By the way, you do NOT keep a can-o-worms in the middle of the kitchen like it shows in some of the marketing photos. I keep mine outside. Although there is no smell, you do get fruit flies.)
As I went out to feed my worms the other day, I took note of what they were eating and what they were avoiding. See…my worms are picky eaters! I don't know if other worm composters have this problem. But apparently, my worms are spoiled. They will avoid certain foods for as long as possible.
For the most part, they enjoy the usual trimmings such as apple cores, potato peels, banana peels. But they absolutely HATE onions. If I put an onion in the bin, they will move away from it and eat everything else first. Just like a five-year-old, they will only tackle the foods they dislike when there is nothing else to eat. And just like a mom, I will leave that onion on their plate until they do! It will remain on their plate until they grow up and EAT IT!
Yes, an onion will take forever to compost while a strawberry will only last a day or two. My worms have a sweet-tooth. Just like other little kids, my worms will devour a bowl of strawberries, cherries or grapes like they are starving. But what I find funny is that they also have an affection for COFFEE grounds.They love their coffee – French roast, espresso, house blend. You name it – They love it. If they had legs, they would probably have the new Starbucks Gold Membership Card.
So, at any time you can open my worm bin and see worms racing around hopped up on sugar and caffeine! No wonder they work so fast! If I fed my children like that, I would get a visit from Child Protective Services. I just hope there is not a worm equivalent to that! Perhaps Amy Stewart from GardenRant will hear of this and write me up a citation for worm abuse!! I hope not. I want to keep her on my side so I can ask her chicken questions from time to time.
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