In the interests of saving paper and using less energy you can use this list (below) as your guide to using the worm packs.
If you would like to print it off please think if it is necessary to do so first and consider the environment.
Dendrobaena worms for composting/wormeries using the worm pack:
- Wear strong gloves, pre-soak the coir block (see instructions). After the soaking period, remove any excess water from the block and break up.
- Place the broken up coir block bedding into the container you are using.
- Introduce the compost worms to their new bedding, make sure the bedding is moist not soaking wet.
- Once compost worms have settled in and disappeared beneath the surface add a small amount of the worm food provided, to do this simply sprinkle on a small amount on the surface and cover with a piece of newspaper. Repeat this over several days (save some of the initial feed for a rainy day). Once the first tub of worm feed has gone, start introducing small vegetable scraps/leafy waste. A good tip is to ‘add little and often’ rather than throw loads of scraps on. Continue to add more until you find the level of how much food the compost worms are getting through and eating on a regular basis.
- Compost worms can eat a wide variety of scraps – try to avoid large amounts of acidic scraps ie. Onions, oranges etc.
- Keep your wormery moist, not wet, at all times.
- In really hot weather if you think the compost bin/wormery is exposed to the sun for long periods of time, move it into a shaded area to keep cool, if necessary hose down with water to keep it cool.
- If you feel the compost worms are struggling or need freshening up, the simplest way is to remove the worms from the container and place them somewhere safe, remove all the old bedding, replace with new bedding and put the compost worms back in.
- Remember, if you keep the compost worms cool, well ventilated and moist – you should have no problems at all.