My worms arrived---YEAH (and a big thank you)

karendee(5WestOFChicago)May 13, 2010

I added them to the bin with a few tidbits of food scraps on the other side. I also covered with lots of paper that was shredded.

Some looked dead but I laid the bag on top and added a light and most have crawled away by now.

I am so happy. I also realized I have a couple packs of frozen veggies that are past their date and lots of freezer burn so I may add those in a few weeks when the worms are ready for food,

Thanks for all your help everyone!!!!

Karen

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11otis

Congratulations karendee and please stop worrying. Everything will work out fine.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 5:34PM
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antoniab(5 WofChicago,IL)

Yay! Keep us posted on how they are doing!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 8:12PM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

thanks! I am so worried I am gonna kill them :)

I checked a few hours later and all the worms dug in. So of course I pulled some paper up and found a few worms balled up in the paper. I sure hope I have enough organic matter decaying for them to eat.

The worms were a lot smaller than I expected though. Also, i know for sure the ones in my garden beds are different. the ones in the beds are red but do not have the same look.

Karen

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 9:34AM
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smalltowngal

From your posts, it sounds like they have more than enough food. They can go a long time eating bedding alone. They don't eat a lot when they're first settling in too. Don't make the mistake of overworking them the first week. I basically loved my first batch to death by constantly adjusting wetness in bin, trying to keep it well aerated, and worrying too much about food. I probably wouldn't feed them again for a week or two and just let them get settled in.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 10:05AM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

thanks for the advice! I assume as foods decompose more moisture will be added?

I just checked and still damp but the top piece of cardboard was getting dry.

I will not add any more food for a while, I promise.

I guess with a flow through I am worried it might get too dry.

Karen

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 4:34PM
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11otis

""I just checked and still damp but the top piece of cardboard was getting dry.""
If you have a mister bottle (?) it is OK to mist it, just to ease your mind.
While that evaporates, it will pull air flow from the bottom. That's what I've read.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 5:15PM
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sbryce_gw

Yes, as the food decomposes, it will release moisture, and the bedding will soak it up.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:33PM
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