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Onion surprise?

I thought I read somewhere that they didn't like onions or that it wasn't recommended to put any onions in one's worm bin, but decided yesterday to try out a couple pieces just to see what would happen.. and was surprised this morning to find that some worms were hanging out around them (there were more initially but it took me a while to get the camera out). Maybe I remembered it wrong that they don't like onions? Anyone else have any experience with onions?

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Comment by sandi on June 23, 2008 at 12:19pm
I've read many times how they don't like onions, spicy food or citrus. Mine like both spicy food and onions (and garlic!), but do not like more than a couple citrus wedges or peelings in their bins. I take the citrus to the regular/hot compost pile and the rest go right in the bins.....Though I am not sure and just speculating: I think I remember reading that the onion issue is with odors released at decomp??? If you have time, maybe you could watch the onion over time to see if they lose interest once it starts decomping (removing it and freezing it and putting it back will speed this process)??? It would be nice to know as I think a LOT of what is written about the worms is really personal observations that were published and now have mythical status rather than actual experimentation. Plus, my worms seem to not like coffee some days and swarm it others...Maybe they're like us a bit, you know: coffee again?!?!?! Dang I had that for lunch! I want something new! tee hee!
Comment by Amy on June 23, 2008 at 9:35pm
My worms LOVE the onion scraps that I put in! They have a tough time with the skins, tho. I think it takes the microbes a lot longer to start breaking that part down in order to let the worms munch on it. But the worms still love to hang out in the skins. I've found a few all cute and curled up in there. :)
Comment by Bob Koepsel on December 3, 2008 at 10:28am
MY WORMS ALSO LIKE ONIONS AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING THAT I'VE READ NOT TO FEED THEM.I JUST HAVE THE HUNGRY VARIETY!!!
Comment by Brandon Koots on July 13, 2012 at 10:22pm

I've never heard not to feed the worms onions. I only read not to feed them garlic. BUt I wasn't sure about onions so I never feed them that. But i'm gonna try it out one day..

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