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Carter’s College of Compostology : What to Feed your Worms


Worms will eat almost anything. But, like you and I, they have foods that they love and foods that they would rather not. Here’s a list of some of me and my worm’s faves and not-so-faves:

Foods I Really Love:

Veggie Pizza
Pad Thai
Bean and Cheese Burritos
Grilled Cheese Sammiches

Foods My Worms Really Love:

Banana Peels
Watermelon Rinds
Egg Shells
Cantaloupe Rinds

Foods That I Sort of Like:

My Dad’s Beans & Rice
Butternut Squash

Food That My Worms Sort of Like:

Coffee Grounds
Tea Bags
Vegetables Scraps (carrot tops etc)
Fruits Scraps (apple cores etc)

Foods That I’m Not a Big Fan Of:

Green bean casserole
Steamed spinach

Foods That My Worms Aren’t Big Fans Of:

Citrus Peels

Worm Bin No-No’s:

Bones (stinky)
Meat (stinky)
Dairy products (stinky too)
Oils (hard for their skin to breathe)
Salty foods (dries their skin out)
Grass Clippings (makes the bin heat up too much)
Inorganic products (duh!)

Pro Tips:

1.Cut food up into smaller chunks. This decreases the time it will take for the worms to eat their food.

2.Feed your worms a diverse diet and always feed in moderation. Read: Mix it up and Don’t Overfeed them!

3. Worms love to eat tomatoes, but they can’t process the seeds.

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U-Pick Worms


Northern Michigan is having a great apple crop this year. I love to go out to the orchards and pick my own. Galas. Honeycrisp. Ida Red. So good.

Here at Carter’s Compost HQ we’re also harvesting a solid crop, so to speak. A crop of worms. Of red wigglers. They are true Compost Champions!

The Worm U-Pick allows our TC neighbors to come to C’sC World HQ to pick some worms. By hand. With love. We have about a 100 million red wigglers so we have plenty to share.

$10 for 1000-ish, or about a pound of worms. Just the right amount to get your own vermicompost operation started. We can also help teach you how to build your worm bin. A regular 30 gallon storage tote with lid works well.

We can also do the “picking” for you if you want. $20 for 1000-ish worms.

Email me or call 709-4410 to set up a time.