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When do I add the second level on Worm Factory?

Posted by Byrdmando none (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 19:39

I believe I may be in the beginning stages of micro-management!

But I was quite worried that I had not added enough paper in my bedding so I have shredded some newspaper and have been adding that. Also, I became worried that the bedding might be too dry so I sprinkled some more water on it AND left a wet section of newspaper over the top. Everytime I add the layer of wet newspaper to the top, It seems that some worms want to start working there way out to the edges and start climbing out. What gives?

I am on page 71 of Worms Eat My Garbage and it has yet to be addressed.

Also, when am I supposed to put on the second level? I am quite confident that I can made a better "nest" this second go around but.....when do I do it?

Thanks for the advice and patience.

Byrdmando
Bedford County, Va.


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RE: When do I add the second level on Worm Factory?

I usually cover the actual bedding with a good layer of shredded paper. That paper probably shouldnt be wet but either damp[sprayed with mister] or it can even be on the dry side. I use that layer to mainly keep gnats and fruit flies out.

Also if the bin is mad of plastic like one of mine then leave it cracked so moisture can escape. I accidently locked my lid on the other day and a lot of worms were at the top lip ready to escape. That is the one disadvantage of using a plastic bin. If the bin is too wet they will start to escape.


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RE: When do I add the second level on Worm Factory?

Short answer: When it's full and looking 80% done. Your mileage may vary but for me I find myself rotating trays monthly.

Long answer: I have been using my Worm Factory for over a year now. I bought 2 extra levels from the original 5 I think. I keep the top level full of shredded paper only... to keep worms lower and reduce fruit flies.

Used to be far more careful about stuff at first but now my cycle is this:

* store veggie scraps in freezer

* prep a new tray once a month with moist coconut coir and shredded paper and add a week's worth of thawed family veggie scrap (4 people, lots of fruits and veggies eaten)

* add new veggie scrap once per week to the new tray, drain spout to cup and pour that into a watering can for garden use

* check the bottom tray and base once per month - clean base and drain it as needed; if bottom tray looks 80% done or better, transfer to plastic container (an empty cat litter container) filling it half full and keep the worms in it; leave plastic bin lid cracked open an inch, worms don't leave; use in garden when ready (I don't make tea, just put this worm-rich mix onto garden surface) - rinse used bin in garden, clean with soapy water and prepare for reuse when needed

* add new veggie scrap once per week

I find that it takes about one month to produce an 80% done tray with this cycle.

There are PLENTY of worms. I have no worries about taking a tray full out of the cycle. Usually the bulk of my worms have moved higher anyway. I'm sure my garden soil is much happier and healthier with its new worm guests as well.


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