*sigh* I knew there had to be something wrong with aluminum. Do you mind if I post your message to me in my thread? Maybe someone will have a suggestion for a material to use. Does your little guy love the worms as much as mine does?
Howdy.. It is great to see another Bay Area wormer out there! I was pretty surprised there were so few folks in our environmentally minded/tech savy Bay Area who had a worm bin, so I just wanted to say "hi". Btw... i'm into the low maintenance aspect of worm binning as well... I hope we can also convince other folks too that it is low maintenance.. so they'll give it a try.
Yeah, i was worried about my worm bin during the heat wave, but I keep my worm bin indoors so I guess I got lucky and the bin stayed cool enough not to affect the worms. In fact, it seemed like the warmer weather caused them to be a little more active than usual and I noticed my first cocoons and baby worms week. Weird, eh?
So sorry I didn't respond to your question sooner. I need to check my email and my page more often. Anyway, the ammendments we used in our garden were lots of Super Soil and lots of steer compost, both can be bought at Home Depot or any garden center. We also mulch heavily every year with commercial stuff from HD. I also use my own compost whenever I get some. I used to get the free compost from the city, but I've found weird stuff in it and don't use it anymore.
Probably you won't have to use a much as I did as you have clay soil and I have sandy soil (we live on an ancient sand dune). At my house, everything seems to disappear right down to China! Hust work at it and you'll get really rich, loamy soil in time.
I saw your posting from late last year about having extra worms to share. I live in San Francisco, and I started vermicomposting in October with a handful of worms from the bin at my son's preschool. My population is growing, but we're a family of 4 that eats a lot of fresh produce, so I'd love to get some more worms to get things breaking down faster. I live in the Richmond, close to the GG Bridge, and could come up to Marin to pick them up. I work in downtown SF, which I think you mentioned as another possibility for drop off, so please let me know if that would work.
Hope to hear from you!