We live in the Sierra foothills of Northern California, amongst towering pines, firs, cedars and oak trees. Because our earth is hard clay and rock, and because of limited sun, most of our gardening is done on our back deck and our house plants. The reason we became interested in vermicomposting was to reduce the amount of waste we put into the landfill.
I've had my Gusanito 3-tray Worm Farm for about 7 weeks. I filled it with about 2 pounds of worms from a local supplier, The Worm Farm, http://www.thewormfarm.net/
Because of temperature extremes here (28F to 105F) we've decided to keep the worm farm in the office, just off the kitchen.
In the beginning I over fed. Isn't that what we all do? About 3 weeks into running the bin I sorted through all the food, bedding, worms castings, etc, discarding all the extra food and then didn't feed for about 3 weeks. Now I've begun feeding again, only a bit more conservatively. The mite problem that had developed because of too much food seems to be more under control. And, the odor is gone.