Drying Out My Wet Compost Bin

Posted on Nov 20 2009 - 6:08am by Mike Lieberman

It’s been about a week since I started a worm compost bin in my kitchen.

When I checked in on it, the newspaper was very damp and there weren’t many worms in sight. I dug some more and finally found some worms, but they weren’t very lively at all.

Not to point fingers (but I will), my roommate threw in some coffee grinds in there without adding additional newspaper to dry it out.

The result seems to be a worm bin that is too wet. It’s not leaking or runny and there is no smell though, which is a plus.

All didn’t seem lost. The worms seemed like they could be revived. I even saw some baby worms poking around.

I think the bin could definitely be saved by adding additional dry newspaper to dry it out. I dug down to the bottom of the bin and added a layer of newspaper, then scattered more dry bedding throughout.

After I shot the video, I also separated out the piles into two bins to allow more room for air circulation.

I’m going to be away for two weeks, doing some urban gardening workshops in LA, and hope that I return to a dry and healthy bin. If not, I’ll have to start another when I return.

Do you think the bin has a chance at being revived?