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Post  curio on 3/13/2012, 8:47 am

I've looked through the various threads, and watched Josh's video, and can't seem to find the answer to this question. (Perhaps I really am blind as a bat)

I'm in the process of setting up a bin for worms arriving this week. How full am I supposed to fill the bin with bedding (prior to moistening)?

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Post  llama momma on 3/13/2012, 8:53 am

A good 8-10 inches of damp newspapers.

Here is a website I love! It is for beginners and experienced worm owners.

http://www.redwormcomposting.com/

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Post  littlejo on 3/13/2012, 9:09 am

I would moisten first. You would get the bin to wet trying to wet paper in the bin.

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Post  llama momma on 3/13/2012, 9:15 am

If you can get your hands on cardboard, tear it up into 1-2" pieces, moisten, they seem to love it and tunnel through the little channels.
Caution, don't use cardboard that shipped wood furniture, it may have been sprayed for insects.

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Post  curio on 3/13/2012, 9:46 am

I've been tearing up the "paper" egg cartons, and have a corrugated box that I've had sitting outside in the rain to get saturated that I'll be adding to torn up newspaper and paper animal bedding, a brown mushroom bag, TP rolls and the cardboard inserts from two dress shirts. The newspaper and animal bedding has already been wetted down with rainwater so I can add it into the mix.
Do I moisten all the bedding, or should some of it go in dry? I've got conflicting information on that one. One person says some of it should be dry, and another says it should all be moistened.

I've been saving food scraps and coffee grounds for a few days, and have some from the crisper (that are no longer crisp) and plan to add a handful of straw and rabbit poop from that bunch I got last week.

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Post  littlejo on 3/13/2012, 2:45 pm

curio,

You can save some to go in dry, in case your food is really wet, so it can soak up some of the drippings, and keep your bin from getting too wet.

I think the main thing folks do wrong is getting the bin to wet.

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Post  plantoid on 3/13/2012, 7:49 pm

I've been using pages from paper back books that came from a garage sale as a box full of paperbacks .

They've have been outside over winter weighted down with a couple of bricks .

Theywell & truly got wet and have held the moisture . Each time I add a bit of worm food I slip a layer of the pages over it all . They enjoyed " Pride & Predjudice " , but I don't know how they will get on with the " Karma Sutra " Embarassed

A fortnight back I peeked in , from the original seven worms I saw numerous cocoons and more than seven baby worms . One corner was getting a big squoggie & smelly where I'd put half a mouldy tangerine in , I added a handful of dryish spent old growbag contents and stirred it in .... today everything looks honkey dory all nice smelling and damp but not dry and the worms playing at what worms play at best .. must have been the last book Laughing .

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Post  GWN on 3/13/2012, 11:41 pm

must have been the last book
Wonder what that would be.... journey to the centre of the earth?

I have bags of shredded paper from my office (I work for the government.....NOT! )
and I find it works well, stays moist.
I wonder if you know of an office that has stuff to get rid of.

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