You can feed your worms carrot peels tops, whole carrots, sliced, diced and chopped carrots. They will eat carrot tops as well. To successfully feed your worms carrots, cut them into small pieces, add small amounts at a time and cover them with some extra worm bedding.
Worms often wait for all food scraps including carrots to start to rot down. Soil bacteria will move in and start to break down the carrot and worms will feed on them too.
Cutting carrots down into smaller pieces will help the worms to break them down quicker. Carrot peels are perfect because they are thin and give the worms lots of surface area to worm from.
This article will explore all you need to know about how to feed worms carrots whether they are cooked, peels or even the carrot tops.
How to feed worms carrots
Here are my 3 easy tips to feed worms carrots. This will help the worms to break down the carrots quicker, avoid ants and flies and protect the worms.
1. Cut carrots into small pieces
It is best to cut carrots into small pieces if you have time before you feed them to your worms. This will increase the surface area and make it easier for the worms to eat them. You don’t have to cut them well, just chop them into slices or diced pieces to help the worms to break them down quicker.
Cut carrot tops into small pieces too. You can snip the carrot tops into pieces with kitchen scissors or even garden snips when you are outside.
2. Add small amounts of carrots at a time
Add small amounts of carrots to your worm farm at a time. Most small worm farms will be able to digest 2-3 carrots every 2 weeks. Fresh carrots will take longer for the worms to break down, but they will get there eventually.
If you have a large, established worm farm then you can add many more. It is best to start small and increase the amount after your worms have eaten through the first lot. Carrots rarely attract black flies or ants but can sometimes attract vinegar flies if they take too long to break down.
3. Cover the carrots with a blanket and extra bedding
Cover the carrots and worms with a sprinkling of extra bedding like straw or fall leaves. This will help to deter any bugs or even mice that might find your carrots a tasty treat. Always cover the worm farm with a blanket to protect the worms, keep the moisture in and make the worms feel safe to dig up and eat the carrots.
These easy tips will help you to feed carrots to your worms so they can eat them quickly and turn them into fantastic worm farms for your garden.
How to feed worms whole carrots
You can feed your worms whole carrots by throwing the whole lot in and let the worms go for it. Whole carrots will take the worms 3-4 weeks to eat through. It is best to chop them up to help the worms to eat them faster but this is not essential.
Another thing to note when adding whole carrots to your worm farm is that they can sprout and grow. Once the carrots start growing the worms will stop eating them. If this happens just grab some secateurs and snip the tops off and cut up the root. The worms will eat the carrot and root once it stops growing and starts to rot.
How to feed worms carrot peels
Carrot peel is the perfect food for worms because it is thin and easy for them to eat quickly. You can simply sprinkle carrot peel over the top of your worm farm with other food scraps. After 2-3 days when the peels start to break down the worms will eat them and the soil bacteria quickly capturing the nutrients in their worm castings.
How to feed worms carrot tops
Carrot tops are safe to feed to worms. Chop the carrot tops into pieces with some kitchen scissors and sprinkle them evenly across the top of your worm farm. Small pieces are best, around half and inch long.
I have thrown a whole bunch of carrot tops in my worm farm still tied together with a rubber-band. The worms did eventually eat them but it took a long time. It is much better to chop them into pieces to make it easier for the worms to eat.
How to feed worms cooked carrot
It is safe to feed worms cooked carrot as long as it does not contain too much salt or sugar. Roast, steamed or microwaved carrot is fine and will actually help the worms to break it down quicker. If you have added salt on the outside, you can rinse the salt off before putting it in your worm farm.
Soft carrot will be eaten quickly by the worms and soil bacteria. I always like to cover cooked vegetables with extra worm bedding to prevent flies or rodents.
How to Feed Worms Carrots | Summary
Carrots are a fantastic food for worms and can be fed to them either cooked or fresh. Avoid adding carrot that has lots of salt or sugar as this can upset the balance in your worm farm or harm the worms. Cut large carrots into small pieces to help the worms to eat them quickly.
It is always best to add a mix of food scraps to your worm farm when you add carrot. This will give the worms a range of food to choose from. Carrot peels will start to break down quickly and the worms will love them.
I am an accredited practicing dietitian, experienced gardener and a dedicated cook. I love writing and sharing my experience so you can learn from my successes and mistakes.