Settling In Period
Your worms may be a bit agitated after the journey from ‘Worm’s Downunder’ to your home. Give them a day or so to settle in and explore their new home before you commence feeding them. In these first few days, you may find that some of the worms do not stay in the bedding and prefer to go ‘walkabout’ crawling around the inside of the worm farm or down into the bottom tray of the worm farm. This should settle down after a few days. If it persists and if the worms are out of the bed ‘en masse’, you may have a problem with your bedding. Contact Worms Downunder for some advice.
Positioning your worm bed
Worm Farms can be located indoors or outdoors. But remember, worms don’t like it too hot or too cold. Don’t put the worm farm in a place where it will be exposed to direct sunlight, extreme cold, driving winds or heavy rain. Personally, I keep my worm farm under the house.
The golden rule of feeding, is DON’T OVERFEED. It’s the most common way to kill worms. If the worms can’t keep up with the rate of feeding, acidic conditions may occur and the worms will suffer. If you notice that food is taking a while to be eaten (remaining in the bed for more than a week), stop feeding until it starts to disappear. As a general guide worms can eat up to their own body weight in food a day. So 1kg of worms will eat up to 1kg of food a day. If they don’t eat this much, don’t panic, and don’t force them to eat this much.
Worms will eat food more quickly if it is size reduced. This can be achieved by chopping, mulching, or grating the food source. I personally use a garden mulcher to size reduce the food for my worms and as a result they gobble it very quickly indeed.
Worms will do best on a balanced diet, kitchen scraps, grass clippings, wet card-board, newspaper, etc. Worms don’t like onions, citrus fruit or garlic. Meat and bread doesn’t tend to go down too well and typically sits uneaten and very smelly.