proper amount of bedding
Hello. I have only had my worms for about 3 weeks. I put them in a Rubbermaid tote (a largish one that's about 2 x 2.5 feet). I decided to not put drainage holes at the bottom, but just to maintain proper moisture. There are good air holes at the top, and they are covered with screen.
Anyway, I initially put in about 4-5 inches of a mixture of shredded newspaper and dried grass (no chemicals) from our lawn. I did wet these so they were like a wrung-out sponge, like I've read. I have been feeding them 4-5 times a week, and they seem healthy when I've dug down and looked at them. I sprinkle water maybe once or twice a week.
The problem is, or my question is, that the bedding seems to be shrinking so much that I have had to add quite a bit more every few days. It looks like it is only about 3 inches high now, despite my having added more bedding. I don't want them to not have enough bedding/room in there, but I don't want to keep adding and adding bedding in there because I really want to have a good amount of castings!
Am I doing this right? Or should I have started with more bedding? Maybe I need even more at this point?
Please, your suggestions.