Step 6: 6. Prepare the bedding and food

In the 2nd bin (middle) add some layers of bedding and food for the worms.

Tear up newspaper or any type of paper product that you would normally recycle. These paper products will make the bedding for the worms and should be around 2" deep and not compacted down. Make sure the bedding is fluffed up and has plenty of air pockets for the worms to move around.

For the second layer on top of the bedding add organic material such as grass clippings, food scraps, or leaf/yard waste.

Keep the lid on the 2nd bin and don't place the 3rd bin(top) until half of the bin is filled with compost and the worms are ready to migrate up to the top bin. Repeat bedding and food layers.

For the final touch add your wiggly friends on top of the bedding and food in the 2nd bin (middle.)

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Hello, when I am making this, do I need to water the newspaper and stuff down before I put in the worms?
<p>surely you would need to have a larger gap between the 3rd and 2nd boxes otherwise the second bin would fill too fast</p>
Hello! Thanks for the inscrutable! Quick question, once the worms have migrated to the top bin and you've emptied/used the middle bins compost how do you get them to go back down to the middle bin after they've used up the top bin?
Hi!<br><br>I do have some little questions for you...<br><br>Is Eisenia phoetida the only species useful for the compost bin?<br>Could I do a pile of bins similar to yours using some empty (and clean) buckets of paint? (Around 15 or 20 litres each)<br><br>I guess that's all for now..<br>Thanks in advance!<br>Great instructable!
I bought my worm compost bin from www.greencompostbins.com <br> <br>http://greencompostbins.com/categories/Worm-Composters/
Aristotle said that they were the guts of the earth, which is an accurate description.<br />
<p>Please be sure to freeze your castings and compost before using them.&nbsp; I understand that&nbsp;red wigglers are not native to the United States&nbsp;and should not be introduced into your soil.</p>
<p>I've had a worm bucket for couple years.&nbsp; It works great for kitchen scraps, but not so good for lawn and garden clippings.&nbsp; Has anybody tried just adding worms to their standard compost bin (like one of these tumblers <a href="http://www.compostbins.com/compost-bins/compost-tumblers/envirocyclecomposter.cfm?source=Banner&amp;kwid=Tellapart&amp;tid=tellapart" rel="nofollow">http://www.compostbins.com/compost-bins/compost-tumblers/envirocyclecomposter.cfm?source=Banner&amp;kwid=Tellapart&amp;tid=tellapart</a>)?&nbsp;</p>
I'm not an expert on tumblers but I&nbsp;don't see why not. I put worms into my hot compost bin over the ground and that worked out great- I think the tumbler is the same concept but just not attached to the soil. But you have to make sure it doesn't get too hot otherwise it kills the worms, so not sure if the beauty of tumblers is that accelerates the heating process to make the compost faster.<br />
this may be a stupidly simple question, but what is the use cycle of this system?&nbsp;&nbsp; For example; when and where do you add new material.&nbsp; When and where do you harvest compost?&nbsp; And what do you do with the &quot;tea&quot; ?&nbsp; how often do you add new material / harvest compost?<br />
The worms should have 3 days worth of food, but don't over feed them. If you start to see fruitflies or it smells a bit off, put more newspaper down and let the worms finish the food that they have. Depending on the amount of worms that you have- we have pound and half you let them eat for about 3 months and then migrate them toward the top bin. Look to make sure that their worm eggs have hatched so that they can migrate too. And then take the middle bin and find the worm castings, small black mounds. Use the castings to make compost tea or just your the castings to fertilize your plants- same for the tea.<br />

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