Worm composting is also known as vermicompost. It is used more commonly than animal manure or chemical fertilizers for commercial puposes. It’s most often used with outdoor composting because of the natural odor it creates. There are a couple of different types of bedding that you can use for your worm compost. Below are a few of the more popular types.
Newspaper Worm Compost
To use the newspaper for your worm compost, first separate all of the sections that are black and white from the sections with colored ink. Tear each paper into tiny shreds until you have enough to fill the bin about four inches from the top. After you have torn each shred, soak it in water for at least an hour. Once your paper is ready, squeeze or wring it out until it has achieved the thickness of a moist sponge. Be sure to separate the paper before you place it into the bin. Sometimes newspaper does not have enough bulk to satisfy your bin. If this is the case, you can use cardboard in addition to your newspaper.
Peat Moss Worm Compost
Peat moss is another type of bedding that you can use for your worm compost. Most kinds of peat moss are more acidic than the worms can handle. Because of this, you will usually need to mix this in with another kind of bedding matter. Some peat moss works better than others, so read about the different varieties before you decide whether or not this is the right bedding for your worm compost.
Peat Moss vs. Newspaper for Worm Composting
Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong bedding choice. You can use either newspaper or peat moss as long as you use it properly. However, newspaper is much more common as it is less expensive and easier to refill. Keep in mind that you will need to continue to add the bedding to keep the worms happy. There is a lot more work involved with preparing your newspaper and you will have to do this every single time you refill your compost bedding. This may be something you want to consider when trying to choose the right kind of bedding for your compost.