Original post made by William "Jesse" Egbert Sr(Jesse168) on September 5, 2002 Make your own worm bed : One of my neighbors got fed up with having to buy red worms. So he researched how to prepare and build his own worm bed. This how ya do it. Instead of in gound he found a large plastic box (2 1/2' by 8' )and made sure it had a drain opening at one end. At the drain opening he put a large wad of screen wire to keep worms from getting out. The dirt mixture is mostly peatmoss with a little dirt mixed in. NO sand is to be allowed (it cuts the worms). Fill container about 1/3 full of the mixture then put a heavy layer of MAPLE LEAVES then cover leaves with worm feed or PLAIN cornmeal then another layer of dirt mixture then another layer of MAPLE LEAVES then more feed then more dirt mixture. Wet it all down but don't drown it. Let it set a day or so. This lets the water drain some incase ya put too much in or ya can put some more in incase ya didn't put enough. Peatmoss absorbs water like ya wouldn't believe. Now you are ready to put in your worms. When you decide to harvest worms don't just dig through the whole box. Ya dig at one end only. You did enough worms to last ya several days. Then level out the dirt and make a small trench length of dug area and fill with feed and recover. Next time ya dig at the opposite end and do the same thing. Worms love MAPLE LEAVES. Once a month ya get the granular lime and sprinkle over the dirt. This keeps down the acid level. Do not use the powdered lime like most people use on their yards it will kill your worms. We started up this project with app. 5000 worms I brought back from the Mid-South Junior Fishing Rodeo about 10 years ago. He has given away so many worms you wouldn't believe it. He now has 2 boxes and rotates raiding them. He feeds them a couple of times a week and sprinkles with water just enough to keep it moist and changes 1/2 of the dirt once a year. He has built a cover over his containers so when it rains it won't flood and also keep out of hot sunlight. One more thing he keeps a moist layer of Maple leaves on top of dirt. He had to put old window screens over his boxes to keep the cats from messing in them.