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Adding new worms to existing vermicompost?  RSS feed

 
Kate Alvo
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Hi!

I have a vermicompost that I started a couple of months ago with not enough worms. I would like to produce a bit quicker (I am feeding them once every three days or less, and not much at a time...). Does anyone know if it's ok to add more worms to this population? Will they be angry? Will they kill each other? I don't want to provoke a worm war...

Thanks for the help!

 
Alex Veidel
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It's totally fine to go ahead and add extras. Worms compete with each other for food resources, but other than that they are not territorial or aggressive in any way. Also, it's worth noting that as your setup matures, you'll notice your food disappearing quicker. Bacteria are actually still doing most of the work in a worm compost, just like in a regular compost pile, so they can take a little bit to fully colonize and step up on production. Adding a little sprinkling of finished compost to your pile can help speed up bacteria colonization and adding a little dirt can provide some grit to help the worms digest their food.
 
Kate Alvo
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Great, Alex. Thanks for the tips!

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