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#31 of 34 Old 04-18-2010, 01:03 AM
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OK, I'm still having problems with my worm bin. I just started it late this winter. I have had quite a few escapees. Tonight I went to feed them and I opened the bin and there were literally a 100 or more worms hanging on the sides of the bin near the top. I've never seen that many up there before. It's making me think there is a really big problem now.

The bin has been in my basement since I started it. I'm not sure what the problem is. I followed the directions to set up the bin that I've seen on several different sites online. I used shredded newspaper for bedding plus a little soil. I've been adding food about every 4-5 days. It's mostly been things like banana peels, vegetable scraps, some coffee grounds, apple cores, etc. I'm not sure if I don't have enough drainage holes or if I'm feeding them the wrong amount?

How many holes do you have on the bottom and what size? How much do you feed per week?

My husband thinks I should just scrap the whole bin and dump into our outdoor compost pile and forget about having a worm bin. I really don't want to give up yet.

Any suggestions or ideas? Thanks!
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We got our worms and set up our bin last week! We used the plastic drawer method and so far I love it! I have pictures of our setup - I just have to get them off my camera still but i'll come back and post.

I do think it is a bit too dry - I need to mist.

How long before you have your drawer or whatever "catching liquid" cause we don't have any liquid run off right now.

northwoods - As for holes, we followed the holes specifications on this http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/Easywormbin.htm
1/8" air holes 1 - 1/2" apart. And then we have 20 1/4" evenly spaced holes in the bottom of drawers for liquid to escape and for worms to evenutally 'move up' to the next level.

Mama to two boys (1/07 and 3/09) and due with baby #3 in May.
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I cleaned out 2 of 4 trays in my bin over a week ago and I haven't had liquid yet. When I cleaned out the bin, I cleaned out the liquid tray. For my liquid tray to drip, it needs about a 1/4 cup in there so I'm guessing it is filling up. How many times have you added food, and was your bedding damp?

Northwoods, my trays are similar to a screen on the bottom. It is important to have ventilation and to make it easy for excess liquid to run out instead of sit on the bottom. I don't think it would hurt to drill more holes...
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I took a good look at the bin today and took out a bunch of stuff. Today when I looked at the bin there were only a couple up at the top.

I think there was too much food in there. I also drilled some more holes and then put the worms back in with some more dry bedding (cardboard and shredded paper). There was no standing liquid on the bottom---just wet mucky stuff. There are lots of wiggling worms left.

I also think I saw lots of eggs/cocoons. I hope that's what they are anyway--I'm hoping it's not some fly or mite eggs or something like that. I'm going to look up some pictures of red worm eggs to see if that's what is in there.
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