Before your worms arrive, you should prepare the bedding for them. You can start pre-rotting some food for them too in the bedding. So the bacteria will start breaking down the compost.
In this post, I’ll give you the steps for you to prepare the bedding for the worms.
(I’ll be giving steps for making a bedding with newspapers, cardboard, old leaves and egg cartons)
- A bin
- Egg carton
- Old leaves
- Garden dirt
- Food for the worms
- Start by drilling holes in the lid of your bin. This is for air circulation in the bin.
- Add a layer (about 10cm) of damp newspapers. It can be shredded. But some people say that crumpled newspaper do best with worms.
- Add a layer of damp cardboard on top of the newspaper
- Break an egg carton in pieces and put this on top (it has to be damp).
- Now you mix them up.
- Now you add some old leaves on top of it. It doesn’t have to be a lot.
- Put some food scraps in a corner of the bin. You should bury it a bit below the bedding surface.
- Now, put 3 to 4 sheets of damp newspaper on top of it to cover the whole bedding. So the worms can have some darkness in there (they don’t like the light).
- Put the lid back on top of the bin
Now wait for the worms to arrive.
When they arrive, the bacteria has already started breaking down the food scraps for the worms.
Leave the worms alone the first week. If there aren’t any worms escaping, then they are probably doing fine in there. They first have to get used to their new home. So they don’t want you to disturb them.
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