Posted: 17/11/2013 at 16:45
Patty3, the 'brandling worms' (or 'tiger worms') from the fishing shop are very good for a wormery, but with a compost bin the red worms seem to appear by magic; though I help the bin along with a shovel of horse manure at the bottom.
Colin, I am surprised that the bin instructions said it did not need turning; incorporating air along with your 50% nitrogen (greens) and 50% carbon (browns) is essential, so much so that the fastest domestic cool systems are tumbling bins. You can buy different compost turning tools cheaply on the internet. (£10 ish) Also you could try putting down a tarpauline and simpy tipping the bin over onto it, then refilling it; if it is slimy and smelly near the base, add scrunched up sheets of newspaper to increase carbon, if it is VERY dry, a little water or pee. Good luck with it