Questions & ideas
I am fairly new in the vermicomposting business, but I got interested in the topic and bought a WF360 about 3 months ago, thinking that this would be a piece of cake. Since I understand the chemistry of the bin, everything has been pretty straightforward. Unfortunately for me, I am not a worm psychologist and most of my red buddies are not doing what I was expecting!
So, aiming to improve their quality of life (and the composting rate), I had a couple of questions/ideas.
1- Some worms were falling onto the draining pan. Although this seems to be a common (minor) problem, I added a mosquito screen at the bottom of the first tray (no other screens should be added). One the bottom tray is ready, I move the screen to the next one. Although I have not seen much accumulation of liquid, is anyone here able to think of a potential downside of this? It seems to be a simple solution, but I have not been able to find any information.
2- I got some sawdust from a friend of mine and I added it to the top bin. Since my addition created an exodus of worms, I did some research and found that a large portion of that was from pine. Although now (after a week) the worms seem to be coming back, should I through it away and start fresh or just let it be?
3- Last but not least.... I live in south TX and it's getting pretty challenging to keep my friends within their comfortable temperature range. To solve this problem, I added a computer fan but I'm not particularly happy with the feeling of using electricity 24/7 to keep them cool (bringing the bins inside is out of the picture because my wife does not tolerate the fruit-flies). I'm thinking in assembling an automatic thermostat that would only run when needed... I'm also thinking in the possibility to add a simple pH-sensor to alert users about acidic conditions in their bin. If such device was made commercially available, how much would be a reasonable price?
Thanks to all of you for any feedback.