Sunday, July 19, 2009
What to use for the bedding
I make the bedding from expanded core peat bricks (excellent moisture retaining spongy fibres), Sugar cane mulch, which is a bit like a bale of dry grass but flatter this just helps to fluff things up a bit, a good helping of beneficial bacteria in the form of homemade compost or finished castings or both, and then a generous amount of horse or cow manure. Mix these all together, no layering. Make it at least 30cm/12inch deep, to help maintain temperature. Don’t pat it down at all, it’s really light and spongy and will hold heaps of oxygen for your worms to breath. I have never used paper or cardboard in the bed but according to the reasearch i have done a small portion of the bedding could be paper, i guess you could substitute sugar cane mulch for paper but i recon i would put it through a shredder first.