You, Your Worms, & Your Garden Tower 2

What is bedding material?

Bedding Material:

1) is the physical environment that the worms live in inside the central core of the Garden Tower 2.

2) serves as a very important source of food for the worms.

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Preparing the Bedding Material

Preparing the Central Core of your Garden Tower 2

Preparing Your Worm Food

  Feeding Tips

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Preparing the Bedding Material

1

Add approximately 6L (approximately 1/3) of tap water to a large plastic bin.

2

Add 1 brick of coconut coir to the water.

3

Allow the coconut coir to sit undisturbed for approx. 1 hour.

4

Using your hands, break up the now expanded/rehydrated coconut coir until it is a loose texture, and no clumps remain.

5

Add shredded paper, one handful at a time, and mix.

6

Test for moisture by squeezing one handful of the coir/paper mixture in your hand. Adjust the moisture level by adding water or shredded paper until the desired moisture level is reached. Note: The desired moisture level is that of a damp sponge, drops of water should be expressed when a handful of bedding material is squeezed, not streaming water.

7

Repeat steps 5-6 until the desired moisture level is achieved.

8

Set aside.

Preparing the Central Core of your Garden Tower 2

1

Remove the cap of the central vermicomposting core of your Garden Tower 2.

2

Add 1 large handful of shredded paper.

3

Add 2 litres of potting soil.Why am I doing this? Doing so creates a "barrier" at the base of your vermicomposting core, which will encourage the worms to travel upwards toward their food source, rather than down into the reservoir.

4

Add 1 part (1 "serving") of broken down/chopped food scraps.

5

Add ½ pound of Red Wiggler composting worms.

6

Add 1 generous handful of bedding material.

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Preparing Your Worm Food

Using a knife, break food scraps down into smaller pieces.

Why?

Breaking food scraps down into smaller pieces increases the surface area available for microorganisms to act on, thus accelerating the process of decomposition.

  Feeding Tips

1

When feeding your worms, add 1 layer of fresh food scraps, followed by a layer of bedding material mixture.

i. Add a layer of fresh kitchen scraps to the central core of your Garden Tower 2.
ii. Add a layer/handful of bedding material mixture on top of the fresh kitchen scraps.
iii. Repeat steps i and ii each time you feed your worms.

2

DO NOT over feed.

3

ALWAYS add a layer of bedding material on top of food scraps.

4

Add some dried, crushed eggs shells weekly.

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Have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labour!

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