Organic materials for vermi-composting : compostable materials

  • Materials rich in nitrogen or Wet materials

o Fruits and vegetables, raw or cooked without oil, peels, they love watermelon and melon. They like bananas and artichokes. The fruit can also attract fruit fly.o Potato peels: the worms love it, but can attract Fungus Gnat.o Coffee grounds and paper filters, grapes grounds, tea bagso Egg shells (preferably crushed), shells of nutso Cheese crusts, ham rindso Pasta sauce and fat-free radicalso Cereals leftovers cooked or raw (without fat milk or sauce)o Lawn and grass clippings (in moderation)
  • Materials rich in carbon or Dry materials

o Cardboard, papero Tissues, paper towelso Newsprint (beware of the toxic printing ink)o Dead leaves, dead flowerso Hay, Lawn dried plants, garden residues sweepero Wood chips or sawdust (in moderation)o Ash cooled (in moderation)o Stems soft plants, straw, weeds (without ripe seeds)Materials more difficult to composto Bread, rice, pasta without sauce, harder and longer to compost, and are quite acid. To put in small quantities.o Garlic, Onion: are quite acid. To put in small quantities.o Egg shells: Reduces the acidity of the compost. To put finely chopped.o Citrus fruits and barks, e.g. oranges : Citrus fruits may be added but only in small pieces. They are also very acid.o Corn: long to decompose.
  • Materials NOT to put in the composter (toxic for worms, plants or humans)

    • · Lemon: too acid.

    • · Meat, fish, bones dairy products: their biodegradation off a strong pungent odor and are toxic to worms.

    • · Fat (butter, oil) and products with gravy, cheese

    • · Plants with illnesses or diseases

    • · Plants running to seed, plant roots freshly uprooted: to regrow in the bin

    • · Plants treated with chemicals (e.g. treated turf)

    • · Plastic, metal

    • · Litter and animal excrement can be vectors of disease.