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Using burdock as a worm food


5:28 am
March 16, 2017

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I have a Burdock problem in my pasture and was wondering if anyone has used it as a worm food. I have read various articles on this noxious pest with no luck regarding using for compost. I have heard it is poisonous but I have also heard you can eat it. I am cutting and shredding last years crop and was wonder if it could be used for my worm farm (Small scale).  

8:44 am
April 19, 2017

Philip Rock


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I had to Google Burdock to find out what it is.  I've seen that all over the place in my area of Virginia (Tidewater).  It makes huge leaves.  I assume you could shred the fresh leaves and use them in small amounts mixed with other stuff.  If you were to add too much, I'd bet it would be like adding fresh grass clippings. There would be too much nitrogen and you could have a problem with the bin getting too hot from thermophilic bacteria.  I suppose the dry leaves could be used as a carbon source, mixed with other moist vegetable scraps.  Try a small amount and see if the worms like it – if they do, they'll be crawling all over it; if they don't they'll avoid it.  Good luck! 

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