Worm bins and vermicomposting are not as complicated as it sounds. All you need to know are a few tips and you are ready to kick it off. Since the worms are pretty low-maintenance creatures, the job becomes even easier for you. The worms are going to thrive if the conditions are just right. Here are some essential tips you need to keep in mind while you learn to maintain a worm farm.
Ensure the bin has good drainage
The holes present at the bottom of the bins are prone to getting clogged very easily. If you are keeping the bin in the exterior, make sure to clear the holes at the bottom at regular intervals. This will prevent the unaccounted flooding of the bins. If you are in doubt, try adding more drain holes to the kit. If you see no water seeping out of the bin, make sure you check that no water is staying in the bin.
Keep the bin moist, but not wet
The moisture level in your bins needs to be maintained at optimal levels. It is known that the worms breathe through their skin. If the bins get too dry, the worms might get dehydrated and die. Also, if the bins are extremely wet, they will not get enough air to breathe and might drown. The environment might also get too anaerobic for them, which is not good for their overall health.
Do not overfeed the worms
This is the biggest mistake committed by most people. Worms do eat their weight in a day, but the majority of that part is going to act as their bedding. If you are adding quite a lot of food in a small bin, it might kill them as well. The food tends to heat up and raise the temperature of the bin, making the conditions uncomfortable for the worms.
Add bedding every time you feed the worms
It is almost impossible to have enough bedding. You can try adding some bedding and then placing the food on top and then covering the same with some more bedding. This will ensure that the bedding on top absorbs optimal water which comes out after the food breaks down.
With these simple tips in mind, you can easily maintain your Vers L’avenir worm kits and get the best compost ready for your garden.