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Worm Bin Bedding: How Important is it? Really?

Worm Bin Bedding

Worm Bin Bedding, No Better Place to Lay

I have read many times “you cannot have too much Worm Bin Bedding.”  But until I started studying it I don’t think I ever realized just how awesome it really is.  Bedding, if it is the correct or best kind, provides so many benefits to the worm bin system.  It can increase oxygenation, freedom of movement, manageability, and overall efficiency.  It, also, can decrease some of the problems that pop up which are mentioned below and helps to eliminate offensive odors.  

Oxygenation and Moisture

The best worm bin bedding is coarse enough that it provides lots of little air pockets.  This provides a much more oxygenated system.  Worms need oxygen just like we do.  They can survive on a small amount but thrive when more is present.  Worms breathe through their skin, which requires moisture.  So to take advantage of this increased oxygenation it must also be a material that absorbs moisture well.   Good bedding helps provide the needed moisture but also helps prevent excess moisture.

Freedom of Movement

The coarse nature of the bedding also provides great freedom of movement for the worms.  I admit that I am not really sure how great of an advantage that is.  Some minor advantages, I suppose, would be being able to get to the food sources they have easier.  Also, to more easily get away from problem area’s, such as areas heating up, or too acidic.  Potentially, ease of movement could promote more reproduction since the worms will possibly encounter each other more often.

Manageability of the System

When you have plenty of good bedding the system becomes much easier to manage.  Plenty of good bedding functions as a balancing mechanism.  If you feed too much or too little bedding helps compensate for both.  Bedding acts as a food source if the worms are fed too little. And it gives the worms a safe zone to go to if you feed too much and cause an area to become sour.  Because worm bin bedding is a carbon source, it absorbs unpleasant odors that may develop.

Optimization

The worm composting system is basically optimized by adding plenty of good bedding.  By accomplishing all the things mentioned already, increased aeration, increased movement, good moisture absorption, and buffering of the ph the worm composting system becomes very efficient.  It creates an environment that the worms thrive in.  The result is faster processing of the waste products as well as the bedding.  Reproduction rate of the worms will increase.  The worms will grow faster, possibly even bigger as long as they are not too crowded. Good bedding also provides extra carbon which makes for a more aesthetic casting because it’s less “muddy” and more like pellets. And all this makes worm composting easier and more fun.

Some of those great beddings are Peat Moss, shredded paper, aged manure, regular compost, and my two favorites, cut up cardboard and shredded leaves.  Cut up cardboard is one of the best and some say that it increases reproduction.  Leaves are great nutrient rich bedding but not as good at absorbing moisture.  The best bedding of all is really a mix of several.

Here at RAWkin Worm Farm, we desire to help you see how awesome worm composting is.  We have everything you need to get started.  Take a look at our products today.

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RAWkin Worm Farm – Who Are We?

RAWkin Worm Farm - Composting Worms

Who is RAWkin Worm Farm?

What is RAWkin Worm Farm all about? We are a company that is here to provide you with an in-depth understanding of why you should compost with worms and how to do it successfully. We are convinced, if you fully understand how easy it is and how great it is for you and the world you live in, you will compost with worms. The Worm Blog will be the method we use to get all that great information to you. We will also be offering you the products needed to put all that information to use. We will be providing you the worms at a great price and some of the best pre-built systems to use if that is the route you choose to take.

The Worm Blog Topics

Each week we will send out 1 or more blogs that will answer these questions.
– What is worm composting?
– Why should I compost with worms?
– When should I compost with worms? Winter? Summer? All year Round?
– Where should I compost with worms? Indoors? Outdoors?
– Who should compost with worms? People living in the City? Country? Schools? Businesses? Public Agencies?
– How to compost with worms? Which worms should I use? Which system should I use?
Don’t let all these questions scare you. We can put all this information together and show you how easy it is, and even how fun it is. There will be information for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced worm composter.

Our Mission

At RAWkin Worm Farm we care about health, our health, and the health of others.  The nutritional values of our food have declined due to the loss of nutrients and minerals needed in our soil.  In addition to that, our topsoil is being depleted every year.  The erosion of our topsoil occurs when soil that has been plowed is blown or washed away from wind and rain.  Without topsoil, we cannot grow the crops that we need for food, not to mention many other crops grown for other various reasons. 

Our Topsoil

In the U.S. it is estimated that 3 tons of topsoil per acre per year are lost, and it takes 10 years for that top soil to form naturally.  Composting worms can generate Vermicompost, the highest quality compost there is, faster than any other source.  This Vermicompost can replenish the soil and increase the quantity as well as the quality of topsoil.  Why put all your organic waste, as well as other waste like newspaper, cardboard, even the leaves we rake up in our yard, etc. into a landfill which is only causing more problems when you can let some Composting Worms turn it into Vermicompost, which has been called “Black Gold”.  Our goal is to help everyone understand how AWSOME worm composting, also known as Vermicomposting is, how easy it is, and how much good it can do for them and the world that they live in.