Erin Smith

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Nick Kitchener wrote:I have kept worms for a few years now and can confidently say that your worm bin is just fine. The biggest indicator that you have an issue is worms packing up and getting out of dodge. They will literally climb out of the container and you'll find them half way across the room all died up and shriveled. If things are good, they will stay put.

Furthermore I wouldn't bother spending money on peat, coconut coir or anything else like that. I used to use shredded paper as bedding but I don't even bother with that anymore.



No, I have not had a migration! So I think I'm good! So to be clear, you don't use anything on top? Thank you for your response!
10 months ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:That is a slime mold in  your photo, it is harmless to the worms but you need other carbonaceous materials to go with the coffee grounds.
As has been mentioned by Brandi, shredded news paper (and any paper that uses soy or other vegetable ink (black only) will not harm the system), coconut coir is also good as are dead leaves.
The other biggie is moisture levels need to be fairly stable (I use a spray bottle to add moisture when needed) and over feeding is problematic so as has been mentioned, only add food when what is there is gone or nearly gone.

Redhawk



Thank you! I will have to look up if the local paper uses soy or vegetable ink. I think I saw I could also just use cardboard cut up? thank you for your response!
10 months ago
Walt,
This may be a dumb question, but how do I tell if they are still multiplying? I never really see them!
Erin
10 months ago
Hello!
I am new to apartment worm composting. I was gifted a bin that had already been in use for years, all I needed was to add more red wrigglers, which I did. The bin seemed really healthy for a long time and the food scraps I was adding were disappearing. Then, two things happened:
1) I ran out of peat moss and an environmental type friend of mine said it is actually endangered so I switched to dried coffee ground on top and
2) I "harvested" half of the compost in the bin to give to a friend for their garden.
So, I'm not sure if the peat moss was hiding this or if it's the coffee grounds or if I stressed out the environment, but now when I go to add scraps there is ALWAYS a gross white film on top. Today, I looked and it was almost yellow. The food still appears to be disappearing, so is this just normal?
I will attach my photo. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Erin
10 months ago