New bin: smells only when sprayed with water + other question
I started the bin about a month ago. The bedding is brown leaves and corrugated cardboard. The bin does not smell when I open it (have a lid with holes on top) but when I spray the leaves with the water bottle there is a stench. It goes away after a few seconds. At first I thought it's the water or the bottle and I smelled it sprayed on somehting else, but the water is just fine. Does this indicate something is not going well in the bin? Am I doing something wrong?
Also, the worms seem to hang out in the corners of the bin (where I put the food scraps). There are hardly any in the bedding in the middle of the bin. Is something wrong with the bedding? It does not seem too wet. Rather like a very well wrung out sponge. So maybe too dry? Or not enough oxygen and I should leave the lid ajar?
I'm not at all sure there are as many worms in the bin as in the beginning. Kind of hard to tell and maybe I'm just overly concerned.
Thanks for your help!