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We’ve been posting a lot of standard maintenance stuff lately and thought it was time for a change of pace.  Let us introduce to you one of the more passionate worm farmers out there.  Moses is new to the joys of a worm bin and has shared some of his adventures with us today.  After a series of e-mails to discuss why some of his worms were trying to escape, he took the bull by the horns and launched a hilarious midnight sting operation here it is in his own words….enjoy.

I feel like a worm-ninja. Ok, so tonight I decided to wait until late night, when worms are the most active, to see just what the hell is going on. I’m just one of these types that questions everything and wants to see results from actions directly. I tore apart a car when I was 15 because I wanted to see how it worked. I still don’t have my driver’s license.  I popped off the top of the bin (which I just measured, is 24x18x10 high, and the compost plus everything (bedding, food waste, etc., even the new bedding I put in) is no higher than 4.5-5 inches (measuring tape inserted right to the bottom), and there was a LOT of moisture. Not soaked or anything, but enough humidity that the inside of the lid had condensation, and there were half a dozen worms on the side of the bin (inside). Still no bad smells, but plenty of mould on things like banana peels and bread. Obviously.

Added another 3 brown paper bags (cut up into very thin strips) to the top, to help control the humidity. Also, I’m leaving the bin lid 1/2 off (so it’s on the top, but instead of laying on it properly, it’s turned 90 degrees), to see if that encourages the worms back into their proper place.  Now, keep in mind I did this all in the dark, with just a flashlight, dimly lit, to not scare the worms. By the time I was done, the sides of the bin were dry again, and all of the worms hidden back in their stuff. With ALLLL of that, what else did I see? I counted 42 little white worms, and saw … SEVERAL egg sacs! They’re already breeding! So, I did a bit more reading, and apparently breeding is a good sign… I mean, I know I’m happier when I’m practicing breeding… I guess the same could be said for worms. 😛 And in addition, no other insects. No fruit flies, no other flies or bugs at all… I’m going to see if this new addition of bedding, and the increase in air flow with the lid halfway off, changes their attitudes so that they choose to stay where they’re needed.

Now that’s a real worm farmer folks!

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