Farm animal dung makes good earthworm bedding
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Farm animal dung makes good earthworm bedding

Baguio : Philippines | Sep 28, 2010 at 1:49 AM PDT
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Animal dung from cows, carabaos and horses are gleaned to be the best bedding material for the African night crawlers. Gather the ones that have been sun dried. These are usually odorless, unles one's nose os keen on the smell of rotten grasses.

The dung, which appears like cake in the prairie, is then disassembled and arranged two to three inches thick to flatten at the bottom of the sack or tray for earthworms. Sprinkle water to keep it moist before adding the breeders.

Goat, sheep and chicken dung may appear too strong for the worms, ad are therefore, not recommended.

Check for ants and millipedes, which may compete with the feed materials.

Fill the sack with the usual kitchen wastes and garden shavings, taking care to check for proper moisture. In dry days, sprinkle water. On rainy days, keep the refuse bag sheltered.

A little sun in the morning, especially when checking the worms for pests, is recommended.

African night crawlers placed on the soft, moist dung bed look more robust after just a few days.

lynspace is based in Baguio, Cordillera, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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