I know that a lot of people have posted about this, and I've been reading about it all over the internet, but wanted to get all of your opinions. My five year old son and I began our first worm bin (typical large rubbermaid bin) about three weeks ago. I mixed topsoil (peat moss, wood chips etc.--all organic) and newspaper Overall it is about 10 inches deep. I added my 250 European Nightcrawlers on Friday. They seem to be doing well. Very active, not trying to escape or anything. I added food (banana peel, bell pepper, tomato, and crushed up one egg shell) in the corner. They seem to be actively feeding in that area. The bin is located in my basement but seems to be staying on the dry side so I have a layer of newspaper on top that I've been keeping moist. I'm keeping a container of kitchen scraps under my sink to add at a later date. I have a couple of questions as a newbie:
1. How often should I spray my top layer if the bin seems dry? I can squeeze the soil into a ball, but no moisture comes out.
2. When do I feed again? Do I wait until all the food is gone, or feed while it is still there? I've seen people say both.
3. Do you alternate feeding in your bin from one side to the other? I heard this was a good idea due to food breaking down causing heat. If that's the case, should I move the food they haven't finished to the other side?
Do you have any specific tips you could give me? I've been reading up like crazy, but don't want to miss anything. If you have one or two things that you think are extremely important, what are they?
Lastly--my wife is terrified of worms, so I'm trying not to talk about it too much around her as she isn't keen on this idea. I hope she grows into it!