I looked in the bottom tray of my flow through worm bin
a couple days ago and noticed there was a log of semi-solid material in the bottom tray and tons of worms. It seemed like they were living fine in that soup, but yesterday I decided to try to clean it up and get the worms back into the main tray.
This is what the bottom tray looked like while I was cleaning it out:
After scooping as many worms and solid material back into the main tray (and mixing it with newspaper to absorb moisture) I poured what was left into this bucket:
Every couple hours I've been pouring the liquid off the top so that it looks like this bucket of brown mud now.. the newspaper is in there to try to absorb / wick away / evaporate moisture. Has anyone else had this much sludge in their collector tray? This is the first time I've really investigated the collector tray but I thought there was only supposed to be liquid there.. that you can drain using the spigot?
I think my bin was probably way way too wet after I added several watermelon's worth of rinds in there so that may have contributed to this situation. One other interesting thing is that even though the sludge is extremely wet it seems like the worms are happy in it... there are still some worms in the sludge bucket that I wasn't able to scoop out so I was half thinking maybe I'll just start putting food scraps in there as a second worm bin the odd thing about it is that since it is basically semi-submerged in liquid already seems like I don't need drainage? Anyone else try to maintain a "wet bin" like this?