Back to the worms!!
About 10 years ago the military sent me to South Korea for a year, so I left my worm bin at my parents house, and when I returned, the bin, and all the worms in it, were dead. It eventually ended up getting thrown out.
Over the course of the last 10 years or so, I've been dreaming about starting another bin, but hadn't done it. About two weeks ago I finally set up a new worm bin and on Dec 7th, the worms I ordered from Uncle Jims finally arrived.
I think I probably only received about half of the amount of worms I paid for (paid for 1000 worms/1 pound), but they arrived healthy so I have no complaints (although I would have loved to have received all of them).
The bin is made from two rubbermaid 10 gal storage containers. One on the bottom to catch the water, and one placed partially inside the bottom bin to store the worms. When the current bin is full, I'm going to add one to the top to experiment with the flow through idea, to see if it makes harvesting castings easier.
I check on the worms every day (I just peak in, I don't turn the compost or disturb the worms) to make sure the worms aren't fleeing, and to make sure the bin doesn't sour or dry out. Everything looks ok so far.
I did start out with too much food in the bin I think, and there is a white fuzzy looking mold growing inside the bin that I think is probably harmless. Each time I check the bin there has been between 2 and 12 worms at the top like they are trying to escape, and I've only found 1 worm in the water below, so I think the bin is probably doing fine.
If anyone has any suggestions, or if anyone knows what that white mold is I'd love to hear from you!