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Worms are a fantastic addition to an organic garden. They help break down food scraps & compost waste, and in return provide worm castings, which are full of beneficial microbes that improve your soil.
Keep your worms in a cool place out of direct sunlight (where possible). Their bedding should not get over 25°c.
Worm bedding (what you buy them in!) consists of composted manures, sawdust or shredded newspaper. In worm language, this is considered their bedding and also a source of nourishment. Each worm is capable of consuming its own weight in food every 24 hours. When feeding your worms, the secret to success is to feed them only what they can consume in 2 - 3 days. Eg. 250gms worms feed approx. ½ kg every 2 days or so.
The most common problem with worm farms is overfeeding - give the worm farm time for the population of worms to get through the capacity of food you're providing. If in doubt, cut back for a while. Remember worms need to eat material that has decomposed & rotted down. They can't chomp through fresh scraps.
Food can consist of:
All food can be buried in the bedding, but we recommend animal manure and grass clippings be placed on top and only up to 5cms thick, covering half the bedding (giving the worms an area to retreat to, if excessive heat builds up). Bedding must be kept moist (but not wet) at all times.
For more information on feeding live worms, click here for a more detailed fact sheet.
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR WORMS:
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