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This is a short video to document the prep work for an experiment I'm conducting with two 5 gallon buckets. In one I'm going to put 1/2 pound of worms and in the other 1 pound of worms. My hypothesis is that the 1/2 pound will reach about 1 lb in 3 months, but I'd guess that the 1 lbs might fall short of 2 lbs due to surface area. But hey, that's why we do experiments right?
I pre-measured a little cardboard, shredded newspaper, coconut coir, and pre-composted rabbit manure and added to each bucket.
I used a 1/2 inch of cardboard squares, 1/2 bucket of shredded newspaper, enough coir for a thin layer across the surface area of the bucket, and exactly 1 pint of pre-composted rabbit manure. I've been experimenting with rabbit manure since January and it will definitely fatten up worms, but it needs to be leached and pre-composted for three or four weeks.
At the end of 1 month, I’ll add exactly 1 more pint of rabbit manure. I’ll use a plastic spray bottle to keep this mixture moist.
And in case you're wondering, I drilled 17 holes in each lid with a 1/4 drill bit. I wouldn't want to skew the experiment by letting more air in on bucket than the other. I also gave each bucket 30 squirts from a spray bottle. I'll keep adding 30 squirts to each bucket per day until it achieves the mixture I'm looking for.
I want the mixture to season for a week before adding the worms next week.