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The inside of my worm bin is covered with something gray in color and about 1/8” long. What is this and is it bad for my worms?

Don’t worry, your worms have been exploring their world and in their “travels” have left behind a trail of castings, or worm poop. The worm poop is the end result of composting with worms. It is wonderfully rich and high in nitrogen.

The worms are thriving in my bin, but I haven’t had to rewet the bedding since starting my bin over six weeks ago. Is that okay?

Lucky you! Having bedding that stays moist is great. The type of food you have been composting in the bin and its location has created the ideal conditions for your bin.

My bin seems really wet. Should I dump it and start over?

Unless you notice a reduction in the worm population and a strong odor I’d avoid dumping the bin to keep the decomposition process as undisturbed as possible. A really wet bin can be the result of adding coffee grounds that haven’t been allowed to drain off or a lot of high moisture content fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce and watermelon rinds. To dry up the bin try this. Hold off on adding high moisture content foods for a couple of weeks. In the mean time, add food to only one half of your bin. Prepare dry bedding and place it on the other half to absorb the moisture. Once the moisture is absorbed resume adding food to the entire bin.

Can I use nightcrawlers to start an indoor worm bin?

Redworms are ideal for an indoor bin with a depth of 15” or less since their natural habitat is close to the surface of the earth in manure piles, compost piles and leaf piles. In contrast, nightcrawlers live deeper in the earth than the redworms used in an indoor bin. Nightcrawlers work on the planet as burrowers in the soil aiding in aeration, water retention, and soil mixing. They do not like their burrows disturbed and since you’ll be adding food regularly to the bin they will try to escape your activity. Because their natural habitat is deeper in the earth, they require the bin to be kept at 50 degrees or cooler. An indoor worm bin will get warmer than that. Stick with redworms. They love to eat your garbage!

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