As a new season of harvest rolls around, fresh peaches, pears, apples and much more will be filling kitchen pantries. It’s a great time of year to make delicious morning smoothies, fresh fruit pies and give your worms a succulent treat!
This year, instead of letting all of your fruit trimmings go to waste, start a compost pile with them or give them to your worm farm! Worms are huge fans of fruit, it’s one of their favorite snacks. Any vermicomposter will tell you how much worms just seem to thrive and produce more when fruit is a staple in their diet.
Since fruit doesn’t have a very long shelf life and it tends to go bad every now and then, chances are pretty good that you’ll have some spoiled fruit to share with them on a semi-regular basis. So what kind of fruits do worms like in particular?
Top 10 Fruits Worms Love To Eat
Worms will eat just about anything, but one of their most favorite dishes is organic fruit trimmings. Yes, that’s right – the stuff that usually ends up in your kitchen garbage disposal or in your trash. They’ll gladly take that off your hands, work on it and turn it into valuable compost!
The big rule to bear in mind when feeding worms fruit is to avoid fruit with citric acid. Fruits you definitely want to avoid include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and pineapple. Feeding these types of fruits can cause them to try to crawl away and it may kill them. So that’s what they don’t like.
We here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm would like to share with you the top 10 fruits worms do like to eat. Let’s dive in!
- Banana Peels
- Apple Cores
*Tomatoes are slightly acidic, but worms still seem to like it and will tolerate it just fine in moderation.
Whether you have an abundance of melon rinds, spoiled apples or fruit trimmings, you can feed them to your worms by slicing them up into manageable portions.
Think of it this way. The next time you are checking out at the grocery store, think of buying fruits and vegetables as a healthy investment not only for you but for your house plants and home garden. Those fruit trimmings can go to your hungry worms and they’ll turn your kitchen waste into some of the most rich, nutritional compost you can get your hands on!
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