Just how dry or moist should the bin Be!

hummersteveNovember 18, 2013

I for one do not have drainage from my bin but I have gotten a good bit of nice casting from my worms.

The other day I lifted my bin and noticed there was about maybe 1" of dry peat on that lid and I mean dry not moist at all yet I found at least two worms hiding in the mix maybe its just a recent thing. I wouldnt think they would want to be in that kind of dry mix.

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Im happy to say that my worms are happy , content , and doing their work constantly. both of my bins show this. Instead of seeing worms up on the lids in good numbers instead they are continually doing what I have set up the bins for them to do. So if I see an occasional worm or two on the lid , everything is still ok.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 11:35AM
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Steve, I'm trying to picture 1" of peat on the lid. How does it accumulate that thick?

I did a harvest yesterday and I found the most eggs down in the wetter portion of the bin. Worms were throughout, to be sure, but the fattest ones were hanging out in the bottom, moister part.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 3:53PM
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I have a lid under the bin also to catch anything which is what I was referring to.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 10:00PM
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The only water i add to the tank for the 2 months before i change the castings is the 1/2 gallon of water to moisten the peat moss.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 7:57AM
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I like the way You mounted that system on the wall AquaponicsDave! It is a great space saver, but must be a little messy when you add that water ;)

Worms tolerate a WIDE range of moisture levels, as long as oxygen is available. They will not stay long in dry material.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 1:04PM
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Are you referring to my hydro system being mounted or the worms? Because the only water I've added to the worms was to dampen the peat. I keep my worms around 65 degrees

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 1:07PM
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I think he's referring to the fact that your picture is sideways and it looks like your bin is mounted vertically instead of sitting on top of your clothes dryer.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 8:16AM
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