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Hi, may be a silly question but I'm wondering what's best to do having just added a second tray, also to check if I've done it right so far. First tray (now nearly 5 months in) was quite full, plenty of castings, so I've transferred some of those and quite a lot of the newspaper bedding from it into a second tray. The worms are still feeding on some food left in first tray. I put this second tray on top, a little bit of food in the bottom of it too in one corner, and some new damp paper on top of it all Should I only add food to this one top tray from now on? Will the worms move up into it even though there's not much to 'live in' in it (only a couple of inches of newspaper bedding)? I'm wondering what I should expect to see in it over the coming weeks, and if I should keep checking the bottom tray as well. Thank you!
I’m at a similar stage, having changed my top insulating tray into my new feeding tray. So now I’m just adding food to this tray, they’ll still be breaking down the stuff in the one below. In a month I may exchange the bottom insulating tray as i’m Not happy with the shredded office paper I started with, my hamster bedding is a lot better. But I will wait until it warms up a bit!
Just make sure you have enough material burying the food, or you will get infested with fruit flies. I had no trouble with fruit flies until I added my second tray and then I got completely overrun. If you need to add soil from outside to make sure the food you add is well covered, do that. Do it before you get infested!
Please take care if adding soil to a worm bin. Our compost worms are not happy living in soil. They require a high level of humus in their environment. I would only put a small amount (about a tablespoonful) if I’m starting a new bin and have no castings of compost available to provide the micros and fungus to get it started. Covering food with shredded paper or card is very effective at controlling fruit fry’s.