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Update on the office worm bin
I did get the worm bin set up at Real Change before I got sick, and it has thrived.
It was dicey the first few days. Between the shaking-up of travel, the differences between office environment and outdoors, and a badly timed experiment trying to boost the microbe population with just a little Compost Activator, worms were escaping the first few nights. People who find a couple of dozen little dried-up worms all over the floor when they go to make morning coffee quickly grow cynical about the assurance, "You'll hardly know the worms are here."
After those first few days, however, the bin settled down. I've found that an indoors bin dries out quickly, and forget the mist-sprayer, I have to pour water on every few days to keep the environment spongy-moist. And it took awhile to get everyone to put all food under the newspaper, not on top. In October, we had a bloom of fruit flies, and last week a massive office cleanup was called. During the cleanup, I was told I'd probably have to take the worms home, too. But after the cleanup, the fruit flies vanished and the worms were still there.
I still have to stay on guard for fruit flies. I'm going to scout Goodwill for a little hand-vacuum, which I'm told works a treat to suck flies right out of a bin. As long as nothing flies out when the bin is opened, the worms can stay at Real Change.
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Sounds like a success Anitra :) Thanks for the update.
I wish you every successs with your worm bin Anitra. I'm sure that if you ever need advice WormWoman would be more that happy to help you out if you PM'd her.
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