Using Spent Compost

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Lilwriggler
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Re: Using Spent Compost

Post by Lilwriggler »

I think therefore the density of my feeding tray is too low. I do start it with shredded paper but the quickly reduces in space and i have been adding cardboard more to cover the food than bulk up. In the last week i have just been adding eggboxes and cardboard tubes as i get them, but i don’t really develop much in the way of castings in that tray for ages, they seem to take that down in the tray below. I guess i’m happy my wormeries are stable, but they are not efficient. I have added spent compost to bulk up lower trays, but should do that more so to the top tray, which i will endeavour to do
WillyWorm
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Re: Using Spent Compost

Post by WillyWorm »

Lilwriggler, If you can add more bedding I think you will find an improvement in the volume and quality of your castings and an increase in the worm population.
Good luck, I really would like to hear how it goes.
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Lilwriggler
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Re: Using Spent Compost

Post by Lilwriggler »

Sourced some spent compost, so have topped up both wormeries. Will be very interesting to see how they develop
Red
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Re: Using Spent Compost

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Please let us know how you get on with it. I have also cut up some cardboard (egg box) into small pieces and put it in with todays food. When I next have some corrugated I will cut that up and also start adding it. In regards to food, I have an abundance at this time of year. All the trimmings from home grown veg, apples are starting to appear so I use the bad ones as food, all as well as the usual kitchen write-offs. I have been chopping the food, freezing it and then adding it to the wormery. In the cooler months I let it thaw before adding. I don’t always freeze the food but it does help in kickstarting the degrading process. I find the spent compost helps a lot as it’s easy to dig into and bury the food. Just have to try to remember which corner is next!

Also about once a week I separate all of the trays and keep them in order. I clean out the sump and then add each tray in turn and give each of them a fluff up as they can get quite compacted as there is quite some weight in a full tray.
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VenueArc
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Re: Using Spent Compost

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