What to expect in the first 12 weeks?isti2019-07-04T19:50:10+10:00
Your worms will explore their new Worms Downunder Worm Habitat and settle into the bedding. Do not feed for the first week as there is ample food in the compost and bedding provided with the worms.
There will only be minimal worm activity. Start feeding an amount equivalent to 1/4 of the weight of your worm population. i.e. If you have 500g of worms (equivalent to approximately 2000 worms), feed them 125g of food. Wait for about half of the food to be eaten before you feed them again. This may take up to a week at this stage.
Worm activity will start to increase and worm juice will start to be produced in minimal quantities. Continue to feed until 1/2 the food has disappeared. This will begin to take less time as the population starts to grow.
Week 4 – 6
Worm activity should now have normalised and you can start feeding with more regularity. Say, every 3 to 4 days… making sure to wait until the previous feed has been consumed by half.
Worm juice production will have increased and you can start harvesting this for your garden, or you can recycle back into the top of the worm habitat .
Weeks 6 – 12
Your worms should now begin breeding and increasing in population as well as feeding regularly (every 2 to 3 days). This will in turn produce a regular supply of worm juice. By the end of the 12th week your worms should be close to doubling in population. You will be looking at harvesting your first worm castings.
Worm numbers will continue to double approximately every 12 weeks until they reach the optimal population and processing capacity for the size of your worm habitat. This of course may be impacted by local environmental conditions (temperatures, humidity etc) and the way it is consistently managed and maintained.