Red wiggler worms are able to eat half their body weight in food waste everyday.
Why does that matter? Well, ahem, uhh… their poop, also called worm castings, is a great organic fertilizer.
But when I apply the “fertilizer” to my garden, I don’t want to lose the worms that turned my garbage into something of value. So before I apply the compost to the ground, I harvest the worms and put them back in my worm bin (see picture below).
Right now, I don’t need the fertile worm castings, but come spring, I’ll use the them grow better food.