“Round 2?” you might ask. Yes. Although my worm bin was going really well, eventually I must have neglected it because the worms all died. My theory is that I did not give them enough water. I felt really bad about killing my worms, but I missed the opportunity to compost. Therefore, after the appropriate mourning period, I went back to the bait shop to pick up new red wigglers.
Thus began Round 2 of my Worm Bin. I used the same bin. I added 3 containers of red wigglers (same amount as last time). I gave them food scraps similar to the ones I successfully fed my other worms. I watered the bin with a spray bottle to avoid a repeat of the previously fatal mistake. I put the bin in its secondary home under the bathroom sink since the kitchen sink was under maintenance. Everything was set as usual. Then the horror began!
Later that night, I went into the bathroom and gasped. There was a worm in the middle of the rug. It was dried up and dead. I gasped again as I realized that he was not alone. As I looked around our small bathroom, I found about 8 other worms. All dead except 1 struggling survivor whom I quickly returned to the bin. After scouring the bathroom I debated if I should mention this creepy crawly incident to Greg. That’s when I found 2 more little worms outside of the bathroom in the carpeting! Those poor little things!
Now a week after bringing the worms home, I’ve had a few more escapees- never as many as that first night. Based on brief research, I think I must have had too many worms in the bin or just a particularly wanderlust batch of worms. Thankfully the escapes have ceased so I believe my bin is chemically healthy. Time to compost!