How many worms to purchase for your home bin
Found this today and thought I would share. It's certainly a good guide to how many worms one needs immediately.
How Many Worms Do I Need?
from The WORM BOOK; Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor;
Ten Speed Press, 1998
ISBN -10 0-89815-994-6
Worms eat approximately 1/2 their weight in food every day, depending on temperature, humidity, etc.
Weigh daily your amount of kitchen waste/composting materials, and average them over a week. Some days will by higher amounts than others.
Divide the amount by seven, number of days in a week.
If your kitchen averages 1 lb. waste per day, then you need 2 lbs worms to compost your waste materials.
So-now you know how many pounds of worms to get for your bin!
If a pound of worms takes up one square foot, you will need about 3 square feet in your bin for your two pounds of worms, perhaps more. (Don't forget the bedding!)