If you’re an owner of a worm farm then you must be aware of the struggle of feeding the little critters. One wrong step and you have to deal with several worm farm problems, including bad smell and a toxic environment.

Feeding your worms the right food in the right quantity is the key to successful worm farming. But that’s not where it ends. Special considerations also have to be made when it comes to the preparation of food and its placement in the worm bedding or bin.

So what do worms eat?

The Basics

The best type of feed for worms includes a balance of greens and browns. You can add vegetable scraps and fresh fruits but remember, worms aren’t fans of strong flavors so citrus, onions and garlic are not an option.

One important ingredient to add to the mixture is eggshells; not only are they beneficial for the worm as they’re full of calcium, but they also help neutralize pH levels of the worm bin.

Here’s a list of food you can feed your worms:

  • Vegetable peels
  • Kitchen greens
  • Leaves
  • Cereal
  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Tea bags

Here’s a list of food you shouldn’t feed your worms:

  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Processed food
  • Citrus
  • Spicy foods
  • Grass
  • Plastics


According to research conducted by Cornell University, worms can eat almost half of their weight every day. So if you have approximately 1000 worms in your farm, they’d weigh 500 grams. You’ll have to feed them half of their weight—i.e., 250 grams of food every day.

Overfeeding is one of the biggest problems that arise in worm farming. When the food in the bin is much more than what the worms can consume, it leads to rotting and a toxic environment.


Worms don’t have teeth; they can’t eat hard or large foods. You need to cut up the food scraps into smaller pieces so the worms can feed on them with ease. Moreover, you can also place the food in the worm bedding in the form of puree or grates.

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