The One Thing I Feed My Compost Worms When I’m Out of Kitchen Scraps

Aside from the microbial-rich castings compost worms provide, one reason people choose compost worms as a source of their garden manure/fertilizer is because the worms cost almost nothing to “raise.”

A lot of the kitchen scraps people throw away (or toss into their compost pile) can be used to feed compost worms.

In the fall, I like to freeze pumpkin, including the rind, as a future food source for my compost worms. They LOVE pumpkin and pumpkin rind.

However, if I have no fresh scraps, rotting scraps I’ve set aside in the fridge, or leftovers stashed in the

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12 Ways to Critter-Proof Your Garden


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Back in January, I asked on Facebook which specific critters, insects, or plant diseases have been the most problematic to your garden. So many of you chimed in with responses. Most people named one or more adorable but destructive critter; quite a few people mentioned insects; and no one mentioned any plant diseases.

To keep this post from becoming a novel, destructive insects and plant diseases will be addressed as separate posts.

Here’s how I see these adorable but destructive critters:

Nearly all of them will fit into one, some as many as three, category based on how they move about: flyers, tall walkers, short walkers, climbers, and diggers. Many solutions for one animal will prevent all animals in that category from getting into your garden. Of course, that won’t always be the case, but many times it will be.

I’ve included at the end of this post a nifty little table I created of various critters and the category in which they fit.

1. Cinder Blocks


Okay. This idea is not for the faint of heart. If you consider yourself a leisure gardener, this will NOT appeal to you. It will take a one-time big investment of sweat and brawn.

If you’re bound and determined to live off your land and keep persistent diggers out of your garden, here’s an idea I had:

  1. Dig a trench 8 inches wide x 8 inches deep around the perimeter of your garden.
  2. Place cinder blocks – with openings vertically oriented!! :) – back-to-back in the trench.
  3. Bury the cinder blocks with the dug-up dirt.

If you’re up to the physical workout, you could even go two cinder blocks deep. (It only took me about 5-10 minutes to dig one hole for a cinder block, as seen in above photo.)

Don’t get in so much of a hurry that you forget the simple things, like making sure the cinder block openings are vertically oriented. Otherwise, you’ve just unwittingly constructed an elaborate underground tunnel highway INTO your garden. :D

2. Motion Detector Sprinkler System

John is an engineer and an amazing problem-solver.

The first house we lived in, we had a very nice neighbor next door who had a few cats. When our gravel driveway got wet from rain or the late night or early morning dew, the cats would walk around gathering the gravel dust onto their paws, as much as their paws could hold, – oh, yes, it was intentional – and then jump onto our cars and make these *adorable* paw prints all over them.

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I Bet You WANT Compost Worms, But Just Didn’t Know It. Here’s Why.


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We find it maddening the inconvenience and shameful waste of time we must soldier through while we *patiently* wait 20 seconds for a website page to refresh, or mind-baffling that our new technology device – made in Taiwan, across the ocean, thousands of miles away – took 3 WHOLE days to arrive on our front porch.

Yet, we yearn for a more authentic slow paced lifestyle. Irony. No one is immune to it.

While we enjoy some of the modern day technologies, we want to take the extra time to make healthy, from-scratch meals like those in this From Scratch recipes book. Better yet, we want those ingredients to come from our backyard.

For many, the idea of having their own garden seems out of reach … too lofty … almost surreal. Or, it’s simply a task that will always get started next summer.

Is this you? What has kept you from starting your first garden, or from getting back into gardening? Does the task seem daunting? Do you imagine hours on-end keeping up with the weeds? What has kept YOU from living that dream?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions this post is for YOU.

  1. Have you wanted to start a garden, but even a small garden seems difficult to start?
  2. Do you currently garden, but want to find new ways to fertilize without chemicals or store-bought manure?
  3. Have you for years dreamed and prayed about having your own homestead critters? Have you wanted to live off your land beyond a garden, but because of your current finances, property constraints, schedules, or differences of family member ideas it just hasn’t come to fruition?

Vermicomposting provides something for both the gardener and homesteader. It allows you to have a little of both worlds. It’s where the two worlds overlap.

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End of Summer Celebration Giveaway!!! {Compost Worms}


The best way to end this fabulous summer is with another compost worm giveaway.

A compost worm giveaway is also the perfect way to usher in and conclude each season, and to celebrate everything in between: the turning of leaves, the first snowfall, the last frost, the emerging of tulips, the birth of a goat, the creation of new garden recipes … {if this were a narrative, then this is where I would continue down my list as my voice slowly fades out}. ;)

I love that so many of our readers are excited about compost worms. {Sigh.} It’s comforting to me. No one minds being a little crazy as long as they’re in the presence of like-minded people.

I’ve decided to keep this giveaway very simple. No tweeting, no commenting (for entries, but I love your comments), and no survey questions.

There are four (4) simple ways to enter, but a lot of points/entries to be earned. You can choose any one, two, three, or all four ways to enter.

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How to Use Worm Castings


This is, by far, one of the easiest posts I’ve written because using worm castings is so easy to do. It’s also not a real “exciting” post, though, either. I’ll try to make up for that in some future posts. :)

In the last Compost Worms 101 installment, I walked you through how to harvest worm castings. Today, we’ll talk about how to use the castings.

Just as there are a number of ways worm castings can be harvested, there are also a number of ways they can be used:

  1. Mix the castings into the soil.
  2. Use the castings as a top dressing.
  3. Make a vermicompost “tea.”

It’s pretty much how you’d use any other compost.

This is technically called vermicompost since you’re not using ONLY worm castings (pooh). You’re using the worm castings, composted kitchen scraps, and anything else in the worm bin.

Mix the castings into the soil.

When you’re transplanting your plants, dig the hole and toss in a handful (or two, or three) of the castings. Mix in a little of the garden soil, and plop the plant in the hole with the rest of the needed soil. You’re done.

Use the castings as a top dressing.

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