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Old Bread Instead of Old Feed Grains for Garden Worms

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Carl Zukas:
Hello,

Is there a problem with using old bread instead of old feed grains to feed worms in a new garden?

On a recent podcast Jack recommended turning a lawn into a garden by scattering old feed grains and molasses then covering with mulch.  The grains are there to feed and attract worms.  I have ready access to cheap old bread/buns/etc.  Does anyone know why that wouldn't be an okay substitute for the grains?

I realize that I should have done this in the fall to plant this year, so I was thinking of putting down the bread, then a few inches of compost, and a few inches of wood mulch to get going faster this year.  I could also tarp the area first, but I'm not sure how much good that would do this time of year in Pennsylvania.

Thanks,
Carl

Okijames:
I've use old bread for worms for years, no problems here. 

Side note, if you want to collect worms without digging...
-Just throw a few bread slices on top of the soil
-Cover it with something to keep birds away, I use a brick or bucket lid
-Wait a few hours or overnight to let worms find the bread
-Scoop up the bread along with the top inch or so of soil and you should find a ton of worms

Prepper456:
good experiment with the kids

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