First Bin - Bedding?
I am giving Vermiculture a shot and I'm glad there's a forum for it because I think i need guidance.
I bought my first batch of worms last week, 500 red wigglers. They'll be at my doorstep any day now. I plan on using 5gallon pickle buckets (free - I work at a restaurant). I know although not ideal, they are free and I plan on drilling holes on the bottom and air holes on the top sides and making two homes of 250 worms so they aren't over-crowded. Is this a good plan?
My second question is... what kind of bedding will be the best? I'm reading competing opinions about the initial bedding for the new worms. For example ALOT of people say just shred cardboard and newspaper - but seriously? What about the toxins in the ink?, AND worms don't live in shreds of newspaper do they? They live in soil right?
The second opinion is to use coconut palm fiber and some other organic gritty material like coffee.
Any advice about my pickle bucket and bedding questions would be greatly appreciated. I plan on spending a ton of time on this forum reading up on vermiculture. If I can pull it off my lawn and garden will love it.