Wishing I could keep the lids closed.
With my first bin, I used mainly peat moss and was able to keep it closed. It had a thriving population of eggs, babies, & adults when I harvested it after only 2 months.
Then I tried using shredded newspaper but the worms would try to escape if I kept it closed for a few hours. It kept drying out because of this & I'd have to water it down every night.
After 3 months, I still had some shredded newspaper in it but harvested it anyway and found that my worm population decreased severely. I split up the worms I had left into 2 bins that I had filled with a mixture of peat moss, shredded newspaper & cardboard, sand, shredded leaves, rabbit manure, coffee grounds, and a little eggshell.
I was hoping this would be a good mixture for them, but I still have the same problem of having to leave the lids open. They're rubbermaid bins with holes drilled all over them and we've been keeping them in an unused bathtub inside since the weather's been too hot.
Do I have to just go back to peat moss? I'm on a severely limited budget but any advice would be very much appreciated.