"Eileen, the bin-within-a-bin system will not restrict the worms to the smaller bins. Worms can easily crawl up the sides of the bin. As Betsy suggested, you will need to put bedding in the larger bin so the worms that do wander out will have…"
"walmart sells eisenia hortensis which are european nitecrawlers. they love to wander, they are fairly large. the EF's are the easiest to keep, they wander less and are most tolerant to change.
i am a firm believer in air circulation and gas…"
"Thanks for all the advice! I don't have holes in the bottom of the bin because I am using it inside and I was trying hard to create something that wouldn't drip all over and wouldn't allow in fruit flies, smell etc, so I…"
"I agree that shredded paper of all sorts can be added to a well-established worm bin. It's just harder to keep such paper moist in a brand new bin. Since my bins are outdoors, my bedding of preference is old leaves. To that base I add paper egg…"
"Bait worms can vary from place to place. Walmart generally sells E. hortensis unless they specifically say they are Canadian earthworms. I've read a few accounts where lettuce in concentration resulted in dead worms. I always spread any food…"
"I actually did wet down the paper right after I took that picture with a spray bottle, but not super wet, the bottom was fairly soggy on the side where I put the lettuce. There are channels that run along the outside edge where some water did…"
All the worms died within a week. I'm trying to decipher what went wrong and start over. I have a feeling it may have something to do with the lettuce I put in there. I had frozen it awhile back until I had time to make the bin and start it, and…