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I was raising Red Worm about 3 years ago in bins with Black Kow Manure mixture and than my wife got ALS and was unable to care for the worms and they dead and now I would like to know if I could use this bedding over or even use it to make tea out of it?
If I could reuse it without ant trouble?
If someone could help me with this and tell me the PRO and CON's on what to do?
I really would like to know how you can tell worm castings from the bedding?
Also how do you make worm tea?
What I did 3 years ago was I would wet the beds and anything that came off at the bottom and into a bucket I use it as worm tea.
To make worm tea requires healthy vermicompost, a liquid container (bucket), and something like a fish aquarium bubbler. Just fill the container with rain water or tap water that has been aged to isolate any chlorine, place an amount of vermicompost and what ever other ingredients like mineral supplements into a screened bag like an airless paint strainer bag into the liquid in the container and bubble it until there is a head of foam on top of the liquid and walla, worm tea ready to boost the garden.
It depends on the condition it was in at the time all your previous worms died. Generally it will be much much better if you begin with all new bedding, properly season the new bedding before introducing your worms to it in a new program. By properly seasoning the new bedding that generally includes selection of suitable bedding such as shredded leaves or other brown matter like shredded paper or often used cardboard although of that group, I prefer shredded dead brown leaves. Blend that selection with a live bacteria source such as healthy vermicompost or cow/horse manure well wetted and wait at least a week (7) days before introducing the worms into that bed. You'll want to maintain bed temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees F and avoid air temperatures above 100F degrees although I have had success with bed temperatures above 80F up to 90F degrees and air temperatures up to 110F degrees providing moisture content of the bed is adequate AND some form of complete shade is provided even if it is only a sheet of corrugated cardboard covering the bed. You really do not want to use the previous, spent bedding/ vermicompost over although stored cocoons from the previous population of worms may hatch so you might want to dampen the old bedding down and maintain temperatures for a while to see what or how much life is remaining and that may be enough source of worms to get you going again without getting fresh worms.