Mold in Worm Bin

WormyMomJune 17, 2012

I am a noob to this too so bare with me. I had my worms in a shredding paper, coffee grounds, dirt mix until they started trying to escape.

Over the weekend, I made a batch of organic peat moss, yard waste and dirt. I wet it down enough to make a sort of dry paste. The yard waste consists of thistle bird seed from my feeds, leaves and pine needles. My question is now, there is a lot of mold growth in it. Is this something I need to worry about? Isn't mold just another part of the composting process? My worms aren't trying to escape and the moved from the old bedding to the new fast.

Relp! I love these little guys as much as you can love worms. And thank you!


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As you said, mold is just part of the decomposition process. IMNSHO, it IS possible to have too much mold, but that condition usually corrects itself eventually.

BTW, from your description, I would guess that you are putting way too much dirt in your bin. You don't need any at all.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 12:22AM
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Yes you can use coffee grounds. But I have visions of a new bin with a pots worth of bins added daily. If so, maybe back off on the coffee grounds, shreded paper and dirt. Add corrigated cardboard, coffee tray, and kitchen vegetable and fruit trimmings. These are compost worms, if you ordered compost worm. Not earthworms. Compost worms live in compost above the ground. Earthworms live in the soil. Learning Process.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 2:27AM
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My worms love mold!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 2:43PM
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Be sure to keep some bedding available for them. Mold is good.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 7:32PM
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Don't put pine needles in your compost bins.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2013 at 10:57PM
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priswell(9 CA)

>>Don't put pine needles in your compost bins.Pine needles aren't forbidden, they won't hurt the worms, they just take 3+ years to break down, and their little sharp, pointy ends keep poking you when you need to go through your bins by hand, making them very annoying to have in the bins.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2013 at 11:57PM
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Not only is mold ok, it's essential for the worms!

Here is a link that might be useful: Mold and composting worms

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 1:08PM
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Humor. Points for that. Dirt no. How about rock dust? A product with biochar, mycelium and rock dust would be the cats pajamas.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2014 at 8:49PM
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