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After my sour bin experience I started only putting food scraps in the very corners of my worm bin so that there would be plenty of space in the middle for my worms to go and hang out if the food scraps were fermenting, molding or otherwise unappetizing to them. So now I have four groups of worms one in each corner of my bin instead of circles of worms.

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Comment by Colin on September 10, 2008 at 11:05pm
Hi there Steven, great pic. Is this from your bin or someone else? Are the worms covered with something to get them so close to the surface? What food is that in the bin for them?
Have a great day.
Comment by Steven Chow on September 10, 2008 at 11:12pm
This is from my bin (photo taken just a couple minutes ago actually). The food they are swarming on is watermelon rinds and left over white rice (I would say about 3 cups of the mix).. that was put into the bin 3 days ago on Sept 6th. I just leave the food on the surface as you see here and when I open the lid of my bin this is exactly what i see (without disturbing anything).
Comment by Michael on September 11, 2008 at 6:53am
WOW....this is the best feeding pic I have seen....
Comment by Colin on September 11, 2008 at 10:42pm
I agree with Michael, what an awesome photo. Don't you get flies or other insects with leaving the food uncovered like that? They definitely seem to LOVE the food that you're giving them. Keep up the good work and the great photo's.
Comment by Michael on September 12, 2008 at 5:25am
Hi Steven....can you also post a pic of the complete bin from the side. This is just out of curiosity
Comment by Steven Chow on September 12, 2008 at 8:13am
Comment by Michael on September 12, 2008 at 8:30am
Oh bins are white at the moment and I think that they are letting too much light through the sides. I will be making an effort to get them black some time soon. Your worms look very happy !!!!
Comment by Steven Chow on September 12, 2008 at 8:35am
Yeah... I get the sense the darkness in the bin really helps... even when I open the lid for a couple minutes to check in or take photos I can see (and here) them scurrying away and by the time I put the lid back on most of them have already moved below the surface.

In fact, because of this when I take photos I know I have to move quick... if I've opened it already that day... I usually wait 24 hours until they are good and unsuspectingly.. happily eating at the surface.. then I quickly pop the lid off and snap my shots before they have a chance to burrow.
Comment by Jenni on September 14, 2008 at 9:04am
Fabulous photo Steven - very photogenic worms!
Comment by J____ on October 14, 2008 at 7:02am
Great pic! I can't wait for my bin to look like that some day.

I see worms at the rim of the lid (I hate when they do that) and I see you still have the white pot worms (Enchytraeids doerjesi). I suggest keeping them, they seemed to make my bin turn much faster and they take no additional care. Because of the small size of the pot worms, they seem to be able to eat and multiply faster than redworms. Too bad information on pot worms seems to be limited.


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