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6 Alternatives to Using a Worm Blanket

Written by Tumbleweed Admin

Have you ever thought why your worm blanket is slowly disappearing? Or why the worms are eating the blanket you bought for them? Worms think they are delicious! A worm blanket is made from a natural fibre, which worms will feed on like everything else. So, we came up with a list of 5 alternatives, and they’re probably just sitting around your house!


What is a Worm Blanket?

A worm blanket is placed over the food scraps in your top working tray. Worms love dark, moist environments, so a worm blanket will help them feel comfortable to go to the top of the feeding surface to break down food scraps, quickly and efficiently.


Why should I buy one?

Tumbleweed Worm Blankets are thicker than a burlap sack/hessian bag, so it takes longer to decompose, which means you won’t have to replace it as often as you would if using an alternative. It also has a convenient handle to lift the blanket, which is great if you don’t like getting your hands dirty. And finally, they come in 3 different sizes, which fits perfectly to the worm farm you currently own. All you have to do is place it on top of the food scraps and it’s ready to go.

Now, let’s talk about alternatives! Not only is the list we have here free, but they are things that are generally just sitting around your house or in your local area! So why let them go to waste?



There’s always some spare cardboard laying around at home, whether it’s from your food box deliveries or online buys. To use as a blanket, simply cut to size of your worm farm and place it on top.


Egg Cartons

Instead of throwing out your egg cartons after use, use it for your worm farm! Flatten 1 or 2 egg cartons to the size of the surface area and you have yourself a blanket.


Old Cotton T-Shirt

Have an old cotton t-shirt you’re no longer using? Don’t let it go to waste! They make a great blanket for your worm friends. You just need to make sure that the t-shirt is 100% cotton and you’re good to go.


Burlap/Coffee sack

Next time you go for your morning coffee, ask your local café if they have any empty burlap sacks laying around. They’re a great alternative to a worm blanket, and I’m sure they’d be happy to dispose of it. It’s a win-win!


Dry, Crunchy Leaves

During the months of Autumn, go for a walk to your local park. You’ll find plenty of dry, crunchy leaves waiting for you. Bring a bag and make a day of it. The kids would love that too!



Put your daily newspaper to good use after it’s read by using it as a worm blanket! To ensure it’s breathable, simply fold 1-2 layers of the newspaper to the size of your worm farm and you have the perfect blanket.



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