Green Barbarians–Ellen Sandbeck
A Buddha A Day–Ellen Sandbeck
I purchased the worm farm at the back to basics in town. There are a few worms coming to the top of spagnum --& dying.-- Also, getting alot of fruit flies--am I keeping it too moist? I added appx 3" more dry spagnum last week.
The worms don't seem to be eating the scraps very fast---Thanks
JoAn, Pine River, MN
Let's see if I can give you as many possibilities as I can on this go round, and then we'll keep going from there.
- Is your sphagnum very dry at the top? Very dry materials tend to stick to worms and dry them out.
- Are you keeping the black plastic sheeting right down on top of the bedding so it holds the moisture down where it should be?
- Fruit flies are a sign that: the bin is too wet, or the food has not been completely buried under a couple of inches of a fine-grained material such as damp peat moss, damp coffee grounds, or finished worm compost. Try burying your scraps more completely, after you feed the bin. You might need to acquire a bale of peat moss or a bucket of coffee grounds from a coffee shop.
- If there is any paper or newspaper in your bin, remove it. Clay in the paper will build up as the paper breaks down, and clayey compost breeds fruit flies.
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