Not sure where to start.
I am in central Florida and want to try the vermicomposting thing. Right now I have a 25 foot worm bed under a run of rabbit cages and it does ok but the worms in it are? No idea just the native worms that showed up on their own. They are a spastic worm and have quite a hard body compared to red worms. Just in case anybody can ID them for me?
For the new bed I will use the composting redworms. Here is where I run in to problems as I don't know what to use or what would be best. First the bed.....I can make a 30 foot long by 3 or 4 foot wide bed 18 inches high. Does it need a bottom other than our native sand? It would be outside but somewhat protected from rain by an overhang. It would have a mister system on it on a timer to maintain moisture. The sand here drains well. OR I have 10 half blue barrels that have drainage holes in them I could use as the bins, or both.
Materials......I have 11 chickens that are free range but do have the manure from the nights when they are locked up. I have 23 ducks and they are also free range but have the night time manure. I have extra rabbit manure as well. Have egg shells. I have newspaper from myself and a neighbor. Have an unlimited, truckload after truckload of electric company trims from around the utility lines and that is mostly the small limbs and leaves and they have been run through their chipper of course. Also have a neighbor with horses. The horses are outside and graze days but at night are locked up so have the nightime manure and she feeds pure alfalfa hay so there is quite a bit of that in the mix but it is mostly urine soaked pine shavings. Far as the amount I would say I get about a shortbed pickup load a week.
This post was edited by bamboo_rabbit on Mon, Dec 17, 12 at 22:02