Posted: 27/01/2015 at 21:04
Sorry but I need to put this down on here.
Things have not been great for me lately but the worms are fine.
I must answer some PM to me.
I need to get over this and this is the best medicine.
So. I hope this is not too long.
"Hi there, is it ok to turn your compost over to further aerate
That is a great question because many people get confused between
a vermicomposting and traditional composting in that they think
you need to aerate it by turning it.
In traditional composting turning is necessary.
The waste breaks down and releases water, food waste especially
will start to clump together and get matted down. As time goes on
it will be harder and harder for oxygen to reach down to the
bottom of the compost bin, and at the same time important
beneficial bacteria grows prolifically consuming more oxygen.
Once there is not enough oxygen available for the beneficial
microbes in the compost bin, the bin becomes anaerobic (meaning
no oxygen). The bad thing about anaerobic conditions is that
anaerobic bacteria (oxygen hating) thrive, and in natural
occurring environments these bacteria usually produces a lot of
So in order to keep a compost bin healthy, you need to mix and
turn your compost to aerate it and allow oxygen to reach down the
deep unreachable places. The aeration not only provides oxygen
for the good bacteria, but it also kills off the anaerobic
bacteria since they can't survive with oxygen.
In vermicomposting, it is very different because you will have
hundreds, thousands or millions of workers helping you aerate the
The worms naturally dig around looking for food and in the
process they create holes and pocket of air within the compost
keeping it healthy. This allows the beneficial micro-organisms in
the bin to grow well, which in turn becomes part of the diet for
Do you need to further aerate it?
If the worm bin smells earthy then it is healthy and you don't
need to disturb it. Keeping things the way they are will reduce
stress on the worms and they will work happily. However if things
smell bad and sour, then it is possible it is going anaerobic.
You will need to either take out the source of what is causing
the problem or amend the feed to get it back to neutral.
If the conditions in the bin are not good, worms will try to
escape, let alone going back in there to help aerate the system.
Add some cardboard or good carbon material to keep pockets of air
within the system and at the same time, give your wormery system
an extra hand by giving it a good mix using your hands or a tool
that will minimize harm to your worms.
Thanks for your time.