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How to Add Bedding to a Worm Bin

Here’s my quick tips for how to add food scraps and a new layer of bedding to your worm system.  The key is to keep your food scraps covered with damp bedding.

Here’s how a worm system dying for new material looks:

1. worm inn-before

1) Fill bucket with cardboard.  I have about half a bucket here, which is enough for my Worm Inn Mega.

2. cardboard in bucket

2) Add enough water to submerge all the cardboard…you’ll notice it only takes an inch of water…cardboard shrivels up significantly when you push down on it.

3. soaked cardboard in bucket

3) Let the cardboard soak.  I made a smoothie while I waited.  Drain out the excess water.

4. drained cardboard & juicer waste

4) Add your food scraps first, followed by your damp bedding.  This is key!  You want the bedding to cover your food scraps entirely to minimize any flying pests or odors.

5. fresh bedding in worm inn

There you have it- your worms are happy with new food, and damp bedding to crawl around in (and also eat).

Best Source of Carbon for Composting in a City Without Trees & Leaves

I’m very lucky that although I live in an urban area, I have trees that drop tons of leaves right outside my door.

If you’re not this lucky, you may have to go out hunting for leaves…they work better than any other material for balancing out your food scraps in the compost pile.

Plan B involves paper and cardboard- be sure to avoid allowing tape to get in the mix or you’ll be picking it out later.

He mentions pine pellets- I’ve never tried these and I have no clue where a feed store is, but I’m going to look.  I’d suggest finding a wood shop instead and asking for their sawdust.

Piles that are sawdust intensive might not yield the best compost ever, but it will get the job done.

Good luck!