Quick Reference Guide (this is the guide that comes with our Worm bins)
                                      Starting Your Composter
There are three trays.  The bottom tray is just a catch basin for errant worms.  Start your worms
in the middle tray.
  • Fill the tray about 2/3 full with shredded newspaper or any fluffy water-absorbent medium
    you choose.  (Yours already has paper in it.) This is the worm, ‘bedding’ – the place the
    worms will hang out when they’re not eating.   Plain old dirt also works!
  • Moisten the bedding slightly to the same sogginess as a wrung-out sponge.
  • Toss in a handful of dirt.  You can use sand, but don’t use beach sand.  Dirt is easier;  the
    worms’ digestive system needs some grit to help break down the food.
  • Add your kitchen scraps! We bury the food into the bedding to help cut down on the
    general icky-ness.  Don’t overfeed!  Check the tray every few days and add food and/or
    additional moisture as needed.  
  • Drop in the worms, stack the empty top tray over it and cover.

                                 
  Maintaining Your Composter
When there is no room in the middle tray for more scraps, simply add bedding and scraps to the
top layer.  The worms will naturally migrate upward to the new food source, leaving the bottom
tray filled with your compost!  Simply remove the tray, collect the compost, and now it’s ready to
be the top tray!  Enjoy!
  • Your new worms are Blueworms, Perionyx excavatus
  • They eat their own weight in food each day.
  • Given ideal conditions, each of your worms can produce up to 20 eggs
    each week, maturing in 3-5 weeks after hatching.
  • Water is important!  Keep the beds moist: “wrung-out sponge” is good,
    swimming pool is not!  
  • Worms like dark, cool places.  Keep the cover on the worm bin and don’
    t put it out in the sun!
  • Fruit and Veggies, most kitchen scraps.  Avoid using meat products as
    they tend to spoil and get stinky before the worms can eat them.  
  • Ground eggshells are great for pH balance and as grit.  Avoid yard
    scraps; they can heat up the bin and cook the worms!