Hello folks, as promised I want to finish up telling you about how to set up your own first home or apartment composter for breeding worms. This is exactly how I started with my late wife over 20 years ago. We lived in an apartment back then but we still managed breeding earth worms in that tiny place.
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Okay, so now back to the building of a composter in the how to worm farm posts that I’ve been writing about. Again, this is the very same method I used when starting out, so I know it works.
As mentioned, I favor rubber for indoor use, though now out on the farm I use wood. That way you can make it as big as you need for your red wigglers.
So buy yourself a big rubber container with a lid, about 2 feet long by a foot wide by no more than 2 feet deep. Raising worms is not rocket science, but you need to understand there habitats naturally. And they won’t bury more than about 2 feet.
Okay so you’ve got your rubber container, let’s continue on with how to breed earth worms. You’ll want to drill several holes into the rubber container of about an eighth of an inch in diameter. Be sure not drill lower than about 4 inches from the bottom.
Put holes all around the container and on the cover too. Now for successfully breeding worms you’ll want to create a layer of bedding for them. I really favor straw because I’m out in the country. Peat moss works very well but is expensive and when Joan and I started we used newspaper. Most of it uses soy based inks. You’ll want to add this as shredded paper for best results.
So now you’re learning all about how to worm farm. But we’re not finished. Throw a thin layer, about a quarter of an inch, of soil over the paper and thoroughly moisten. It is best to use a spray bottle with a rain or mist setting rather than a stream of water. Let it soak for a good day before you add your worms. The book I’ve spoken about earlier has great resources for where to find your first worms to start out with.
Add a pound or so of worms and start feeding them. The smaller the scraps the better. Give them a consistent feeding schedule but a varied diet and your breeding worms will reward you for years.
Just a couple of things to keep in mind when breeding worms. Don’t feed them animal products as these can generally ruin your results. So no meat, bones or eggs. Also, leave the ecosystem as it unless you start getting centipedes in the worm bin. Breeding worms don’t like centipedes as they eat the worm eggs and baby worms.
Other than this and the comprehensive book on breeding worms which I highly recommend you get, your breeding worms will be very successful and you’ll be leaving a smaller carbon footprint.