o Ensure that the bin is damp at all times. Not too wet, and not dry at all.
o If it’s dry, get your spray bottle filled with filtered water and spray it everyday until the bin retains its own moisture. This is especially important in the beginning as you will have not have as much compost. Have you seen what happens to earth worms on the side walk after the rain? You don’t want to do that to your worms.
o If it’s too wet, add dry bedding.
o Do not add meat, dairy, lemon, lime, oranges, orange peels, potato peels, onions or garlic! Make sure you remove the stickers off the fruits and vegetables you give them! You can add coffee grind. You can add tea bags, but just make sure you remove the staple! No salads with its sauce or any kind of vinaigrette! I don’t recommend bread or rice or pizza crust. Think of it this way: the worms are vegans with some allergies.
o Add food in the bin once a week! Do not disturb the worms! During the week, keep the food separately in a plastic bag tied up. The food will become mouldy, which is good because that’s how the worms prefer to eat. Some people contain the food in a reusable plastic bin, although this is an environmentally friendly method, the smell can be so bad that it will discourage you from composting.
o Make sure the food is cut into little pieces! The smaller the better. Some people go as far as blending the food!
o When adding food, cover it completely as best as you can with bedding!
o Don’t add too much! 500-1000 grams is enough! If you see that they didn’t eat all the food and the bin smells, give them a few days to eat everything before adding more!
o Do not mix the food with the compost. Imagine eating food mixed with your own compost. So don’t do that.
o Add new bedding every two to three weeks.
o Keep the bin under a well lit area. This is to prevent them from escaping!
o Make sure you put something under the bin that will raise it up, give it space between the bin and the mat. You need air coming in from under the bin too! Some people put two bricks to raise the bin.
o The bin must never be more than 50% full! If it reaches that point, it is time to harvest!
o When your worms have become over populated after a few months, its time to Spread The Worm.