well i got cheap worms to buy from worm farming secrets cuz am member ....to members at $24.30 per 1000 worms.....non-members at $27.50 per 1000 worms ......thats all i know ........... you are welcome to
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Hi Georgie. I saw a comment you left on Joseph Babineau's page about finding worms. No worms are really the cheapaest. What's best for me may not work well for you because of your location and shipping costs. Try looking on the web and compare. I personally like trinity ranch in Ohio or something like that and topline worms (topline-2000.com) in California.
I got my worms from wormwoman.com, it cost about $25 bucks a few years ago. I have used rubbermaid bins from Target with a few holes drilled in them for my worm box (though my current worm box is just an old compost container, as you can see from my picture). I would be happy to give you some worms, you just need to pick them up from Colorado :). I'd call your local co-op grocery (if you have one) and see if they know of any sources. Here's a thread I found that might be useful
As far as layering the bedding, you don't want it to be tight. When I used shredded newspaper, I just packed the bin full of newspaper, but not too tight. Then when I put in food, I'd pull the paper back and then put the food in, then push the paper back.
Do you have any other specific questions I can help with? Worms are pretty low stress to keep.
I would say that no drainage is fine, as long as the bedding is wet enough. Don't forget that adding most types of food will increase the moisture content of the bin, so you might expect more drainage as you add food.
I think that feeding bread to the worms is fine--I'd crumble it up and maybe add some water to it beforehand, to increase its moisture content. Here's a list of things I've put in my worm bin: http://vermicomposting.wordpress.com/2008/08/26/things-ive-put-in-my-worm-bin/
Also, from the Vermiculture Farmer's manual:
"The need for adequate moisture was discussed in relation to bedding in Section 2.1.2 above. The bedding used must be able to hold sufficient moisture if the worms are to have a livable environment. They breathe through their skins and moisture content in the bedding of less than 50% is dangerous. With the exception of extreme heat or cold, nothing will kill worms faster than a lack of adequate moisture."
I use red wrigglers; I don't have experience with any other kind. I did an interview with someone who was talking about blue worms (which die if temps get below 45 degrees F: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/HG-46.pdf ).
Urine is just a great source of nitrogen and moisture for the worms. I'm not sure I'd add it if my worm bins were inside....
The crawlers are better in cold weather, I left mine in the garage when the nights got to 35 degrees at night and they all lived. But don't reproduce as fast so they don't process food as quickly as wigglers do. I am raising them more to see if they will sell for fishing worms.