SUPPLIES•Plastic bucket or bin with drainage holes in the bottom and top•Shredded paper•1/8" hardware cloth•Peat Moss•Worms
Feeding: Night crawlers come to the surface to feed at nightFeed them anything but meats and fatty food, no avocados, nothing too acidic. They love watermelon, cardboard, corn meal, veggie scraps. Wait until they eat what they have before adding more food.They have a small mouth so they digest finely chopped wet foodSifting:Take out worms by sifting through 1/8" hardware cloth and change bedding every 3 weeks. Save the castings for the garden. Tips: Be sure to keep it dark, that's why they call them night crawlers. Their ideal temperature is 75 -80 degrees to produce castings. Also keep them damp but well drained.You can watch the eggs and baby worms grow and use any extra worms for fishing or in the garden.Always protect them from ants, flatworms, snakes by keeping them in worm bins.
Kids learn about wormsSean worked with Bay Haven Elementary School in Sarasota on a project using worms to recycle paper and garbage into usable castings for their garden. He also set up working worm bin set up in the science lab at Southside Elementary in Sarasota. Here he is at Neil Armstrong Elementary in Port Charlotte with a class of kindergartners.____________________________________________________________Hi Sean,Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation. The children were excited and engaged. Mrs. Bertrand was especially excited to learn more about ways to grow her vegetables in a more healthy way using worm castings.I'm sure we will keep in touch as I grow my worms, as I will definitely want to seek out your expertise. Thank you again.Sincerely,Mary Coomer, KindergartenNeil Armstrong Elementary, Port Charlotte