Composting Meal Worms

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Meal worms are the larvae stage of the Darkling beetle and many people use them to help compost. People feed the meal worms old kitchen scraps and in return the meal worms break it down into nutritional soil. Composting is an environmentally friendly way to get rid of organic material that you use in your home. After you have completed composting your organic material the results can be used in your garden as nutritional food for your plants.

  • Create a compost pile in your backyard or buy a large plastic bin if you live in an apartment. Place newspaper in the bottom of the compost pile and then add soil and water.

  • Place the meal worms in the bucket of soil or compost pile in the backyard. According to Home Worm Production, you will need 2 lbs. of worms for each pound of garbage your home produces daily.

  • Feed the meal worms kitchen scraps and leftovers such as cereal, fruit peels and coffee grinds. You can also put tea bags in the compost once they have been used up. They also like corn husks, potato skins, lettuce and moldy bread.

  • Replace the soil every month or so. The soil that you take out of the compost pile contains healthy nutrients for your plants. New soil and newspapers should be placed back in the bucket so that the worms can continue to compost for you.

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