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Just thought I would share with the group how I make worm bedding.
Take about the equivalent of a Sunday paper and place in a 5 gallon bucket and fill half way with water. I like to let the paper soak for 24 hours, but you can soak for an hour or so. Just takes longer to process
Go to the hardware store and look in the drywall section for a mud mixer. You might find a mixer in the paint department. I bought mine at lowes, (item # 245756 Spiral Mud Mixer KOBALT brand about $14.00 and has a lifetime guarantee). This is my second one. A weld broke on one of the wings of the first one I bought, so the guarantee is nice.
Take the mixer and place in the bucket and let 'er rip. I like to alternate between forward and reverse to break the paper up. If it starts to bog down, add more water.
In a few minutes, the paper should be well broken up. Now when you are the hardware store you should also pick some window replacement screen. The length is not that important, but it should be at least 4 feet wide.
Dump the contents of the bucket onto the window screen, this is two buckets full. You could let it sit for 3 days and enough water would drain out to make it usable, but there is a quick way to get the water out.
Stand on one side of the window screen and grab the other side and lift and pull it towards you, this will roll the paper to the edge of the screen.
Now, roll up the paper in the window screen. Like a, well you know, a funny cigarette.
Proceed to walk on the paper to force the excess water out of it.
Try to force as much water out of it as possible. you can even roll it up like a wheel and stand on it to force more water out.
When you have forced as much water out of paper as you can, unroll from the window screen. doing it on the grass will not only water your lawn, if you look at the bedding on the top right you will notice that it has picked up some dirt particles. Good grit for the worms.
Break up some of the paper and fill the bucket about half way, you are now going to use the mixer to really shatter the paper. The drill MUST be set on reverse for this process to work.
The more power the drill has, the better job it will do.
If you can only get the top few inches procesed, dump it off and keep going.
The completed bedding.
You should only be able to squeeze a drop or two of water out of the bedding. If it is too wet, let it sit in the sun for a day or so to evaporate the excess water. You could also add some peat moss, coir, or crushed leaves to help soak up excess moisture. I like to add a few handfulls of peat moss, because it will color the grey paper brown.
This is how much bedding I made with the two 5 gallon buckets. It took about 20 minutes from Start to finish.