How much worms do I need to start vermicomposting?
- We recommend that you start your composting journey with 500g of worms. This is a good amount for starters as 500g of composting worms are able to consume 500g of waste in 2-3 days.
What can I feed my worms?
- Keep the worm diet to a vegetarian diet. Fruit peels and vegetable scraps are best. The worms love fruit peels with high water content such as watermelon skins and dragon fruit.
What type of food should I avoid?
- Avoid all cooked and oily food. Also citrus fruits such as oranges and lemon are a no no to the worms. Do not feed the worms chillies,onions or garlic as well.
How long does it take to produce worm castings from my Can O Worms?
- With 500g of worms in your bin, you will be able to fill up one tray in 2-3 months. This means that the whole cycle of composting will typically be completed in 6 months.
For the Worm Tea/Leachate, how do I use it?
- The Worm Tea/Leachate is the liquid form of fertilizer. Upon collection, you will have to dilute it with water with a ratio of 1:5. The worm liquid extracts is a very good form of fertilizer.
Help, my worms are escaping out of my worm bin!
- There are several factors why this is happening :-
- The worms are adapting to their new environment. Chances are that your worms are very alien to their new home and when you are new to a place, the worms will tend to ‘roam’ around.
- The temperature of the worm bin is too hot/wet. If the worm bin is too hot, the worms will feel uneasy and naturally flee to an environment which is cooler. Similarly if the bin is too wet/moist, they will react the same way.
- The pH of the bedding is too acidic/alkaline. This happens when your food waste are not consumed fast enough by the worms and thus, bacteria starts to accelerate the natural composting process. Through this process, the bedding will be acidic and uncomfortable for the worms
- There is not enough aeration in the worm bin. Some of you may have your own DIY bin. Remember, worms are just like us, we need oxygen and proper circulation to feel comfortable :)
There seems to be some tiny red insects in my worm bin.
- These tiny red insects are good for the vermicomposting process. Remember vermicomposting is a natural process so just ignore them, they are friends :)
I can’t get rid of fruit flies!
- You can prevent fruit flies by burying your waste. By doing so, there is no chance for them to fight for the food with your worms.
How big can my worms grow?
- They typically can grow up to 15-20 cm long. Check out our video here of fully grown blue worms.
How long will it take for my worms to replicate?
- The worms will double in population every 6-7 months.