New at Vermiculture
Hubby and I decided since we love to garden organically that we would start our own worm bed. He made a nice box about 4' x 2' by 15" high with a hinged lid. I have shredded newspapers and dampened them (not soaked) and placed them in the bottom of the box. Now we have lots of corrugated cardboard, and I have been reading that it is perfect to shred and use in the bottom. How small does it have to be shredded? I can only tear it by hand so I cannot make it all that tiny. We have holes drilled into the bottom for drainage as well. I managed to get a large bucket of composted cow poop to add to the mix. Is it okay to use commercial potting soil to obtain the necessary sand? I ask this because I already have a bag of it in the shed.
And as for adding sawdust.. can I put in fresh pine sawdust or should it be hardwood?
A friend of ours has a large worm "bed" and he feeds his worms chicken feed sprinkled over the top about every 1 days...is this okay to do if we don't have much veggie matter to give them? And will freezing the veggie waste for a couple of days kill any fruit fly larvae or just aggravate it? lol
Another question... how do you keep ants out of it?