Worm Bin Too Wet?

Worm bin too wet? My worm bin is getting quite wet in the bottom-not dripping but wetter than it should be.  There are too many worms in the bin so I need to transfer some to a new bin. This is a reminder post that you should look at your worm bin once a week and move all the bedding around to aerate it.  This also enables you to make sure the environment is still healthy:

  • not too wet
  • not smelling bad

Worm Bin Too Wet?  Make Sure There is no Nasty Odor

Worm Bin Too Wet-Mixing It UpIt should have a neutral smell not a rotten smell.  Stirring it up refreshes the oxygen which is very important because composting worms need oxygen.  It is easy to stir it up.  Use plastic gloves if you don’t want to touch the compost.  If the bin starts to smell bad it means that an anaerobic process is starting and you need to do something about it:

  1. transfer some worms to a new bin
  2. stir up the bedding with the worms in it
  3. add some shredded or folded newspaper
  4. hold off on the food scraps

until you re-stabilize the environment.  Stirring up all the bedding aerates the bin.  It is hard to imagine that just a little mixing up refreshes the oxygen for the worms but it does a great job of it!

Folded newspaper works well placed under all the bedding.  It will absorb the extra moisture and then you can use it to cover the worm bedding in the bin.  Another great addition is cardboard egg cartons.  This is a win-win situation. ( You are recycling the egg cartons.  In my opinion all egg cartons should be cardboard.)  And the egg cartons supply great little oxygen tents for the worms.

Read this thread on worm bin smells bad for more information.