Methods for Growing Worms

Instructions for Making a Worm Bin

1) Fill your box half way up with bedding material. This should be approximately 40% composted manure and 60% carbon materials (i.e. shredded cardboard & paper, chopped straw, wood chips or dust, rice hulls, peat moss, coir). This bedding mixture should be a light & fluffy consistency so that the worms have plenty of air for the entire 60 day period before splitting.

2) Moisten your bedding until it reaches 70% moisture content. The material should hold a ball shape when you pick it up. Do not over water. Your water should be free of chlorine.

3) Put your worms in at 1.5 lbs per square foot.

4) Feed up on top with your feed source or dig a trench for food scraps

.5) Once the feed has been eaten down feed them again.

6) You can split the bin in 60 days & put ½ into another bin that has fresh bedding and add fresh bedding to the 1st bin.

Windrow Methodwindrow

1) Place 5" of bedding on the floor/ground. Can be composted manure or a combination of composted manure and carbon materials. To be considered composted, it must be under 80 degrees.

2) Moisten until you reach approximately 70% moisture content, (the material should hold a ball shape when you pick it up). Your water should be free of chlorine.

3) Put your worms in the windrow at 1 lb per square foot.

4) Feed up on top with 1”-2” manure, rake it out.

5) When the feed has been eaten down, feed up again, and so on.

6) When the windrow has gotten approx. 3 feet high, or the temperatures in the middle are over 90 degrees, split the row lengthwise.

7) Harvest or make a new windrow with the half.

8) Rake out the other half to the same width as before, and feed up.

9) Make sure your feed is wet when you put it on your windrow.

10) Water only when the top is dried out.

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