Sour bin solutions. Help!
Today is my 10th day in vermicomposting. My worms are still alive, but I'm afraid not for long. They looks pretty sluggish to me. YES, things can turn around pretty quickly in a worm bin. (For a newbie, YES!) I need HELP/ADVISE!
3 days ago, I got carry away putting too much worm food in the bin. But the problem came with a HUGE spoil taro I put in 10 days ago when I setting up the bin. (I think I over-fed at the very begining already) To make the matter worse, I put in some dry up rice in it. Last night when I checked the bin, I saw a over-growing of pot worms crawling all over the wall of the bin. (It's a very scary sight!) Out of panic, I sprayed 2 8-oz of water trying to wash pot worms to the bottom. I added more shredded newspaper. I have not smell anything wrong at this point.
This morning when I check on the bin, the drip bin has 16 oz of liquid, which is not surprising, and LOTS of worms! I think they had a massive escape planned last night. I recovered them and put it back to the bin, only found the bin is heating up. I dig up the layers to dissipate the heat. Most of the bin does not have much of the smell, but when I found that taro, that sour/foul smell became unbearable. This is what I did to fix the sour bin:
1. Remove excess worm food. Q: Can I add those excess/soured worm food back to the bin next week?
2. Aerate the bin.
3. Add more dry newspapers.
4. Add oat meals to soak up the moisture. Q: Wouldn't more oat meals added more starch, making the bin even more acidic?
5. Q: At what point, I need to start all over a new bin? With a foul/sour bin, is it still salvageable?
6. Q: With an over-wet/over-fed bin, I see mites all over; at what point I should start worrying about mites hurting the worms?
Thank you for saving my bin~~ !!!