SETTING UP YOUR WORM SYSTEM
Please note that the instructions below apply to all Earthworm Systems
It is always good to put in some bedding for the worms to move into i.e. shredded newpaper, paper, newspaper. Line the base of the system/feeding tray with damp shredded newspaper/paper and then place the worms and compost on top covering the surface area of the tray.
Please be careful of what you feed the worms, it is very important to balance what they eat and the quantity that you feed them. When feeding please start very slowly and put in ½ an inch deep of scraps covering the surface area of the earthworms.
Please note that they will take a while to settle down and will slowly increase or decrease in numbers depending on the in proportion and quality of food that you feed them.
There will be no unpleasant odours coming from the unit, should there be please contact us and we will advise you accordingly or come and check the unit.
If the worms are incorrectly fed, they will try to migrate. – up, down or side ways to escape the acidic/putrid/anerobic conditions and the only way to get the system back into balance in by putting shredded paper, shredded cardboard or dry grass cuttings, mixing it into the compost to absorb the excess liquid. Then, stop feeding them for a couple of days and see how they do, again please contact us should you have any queries.
1. DO NOT FEED THEM:-
Any citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, tomatoes and onions, meat or meat products, bread, dairy products, vinegar, alcohol or acidic products. – That can be put into a Bokashi Bin
2. FEED THEM:-
Any leafy vegetables, weeds, limit the quantity of watery fruits like – apples, pawpaw, pears. If you are running low on food, you can shred cardboard and newspaper, make it quite damp (not dripping) and put that into the bin to tide them over till you have some more to feed them. They love egg shells as well.
3. HOW TO FEED THEM:-
Open the lid and fold back the cloth. Take your green waste (make sure it is not too chunky) and sprinkle it evenly over the surface of the container they are in, as l instructed above only ½ inch deep over the surface area of the tray/container. Please note that large amounts of potatoes, apples, whole bananas, whole pawpaw’s, pears etc produce a large amount of liquid when decomposing – so limit the amount you put into the bin. Try to mix with “dry” veg waste i.e. cabbage, weeds from garden or include putting shredded paper, shredded cardboard or dry grass cuttings, mixing it into the compost to absorb the excess liquid from the wet fruit.
If you find you have a very large amount of waste, DON’T PUT IT ALL INTO YOUR SYSTEM, put a little to begin with and monitor how quickly the worms process it and then you will see how much to feed them daily/weekly.
4. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BIN
• Make sure it is not in direct sunlight – excessive heat will kill the worms. Also do not leave them out in the open – rain will get into the bin. Please note that most plastic systems are not insulated.
• If it becomes water logged for any reason, put dry cardboard or newspaper (shredded) into the organic waste / compost (mix it in with your hands-instruments will harm the worms). This absorbs the excess water and the worms will be happy in a alkaline medium.