Once you’ve decided to take the plunge into vermicomposting and have an indoor bin for the organic waste produced in your home you’ll need to find your own balance. It’s a personal comfort zone that works for you and your bin. We’ve often equated bin maintenance with the same commitment you’d have with a tropical fish tank. Both need to be cleaned, checked for moisture/water levels and fed.
Indoor vermicomposting can be as complex or simple as you choose to make it. Everything composts eventually and left to it’s own devices a bin will function to some degree all on it’s own. Because of the “closed” nature of an indoor bin however, we do recommend a certain level of standard bin maintenance. The most important aspect to this is moisture, really wet bins tend to get a little smelly as anaerobic bacteria thrives in a wet airless environment. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2014/11/29/how-wet-is-too-wet/
You’ll need to find a balance in the amount of food you’re producing for the worms and the amount the worms can compost. Luckily freezing excess scraps not only makes them easier for the worms to deal with, it keeps them “fresh” until you can put them in your bin. That’s by far our number one hint, freeze those scraps. The vermicomposting formula is one way to keep on top of your bin, find it with this handy link….http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/09/21/whats-your-worm-count/
There’s also bedding to think about, bedding is crucial to bin moisture and worm happiness. You won’t get much breeding without a layer of dryish bedding on top of your active compost, this is where the worms head to find a mate.
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Happy Worm Farming everyone!