Last weekend I opened the compost bin (dalek) to find pounds of worms, they all fell out the lid all over my feet. Suddenly there were thousands.
I added compostables, left them for a week, and just came back to feed them.
To my horror I found what looks like dead worm soup all around the edge of the bin, where a week before they had looked happy and were writhing all over each other. So I've gone from thousands to a few.
Perhaps last weekend they were all trying to escape - maybe the bin was inhospitable. I turned the bin today and it's quite warm beneath. But I'd have thought if conditions had gotten rough they could have gone down.
I'm worried that I may have put something nasty in the bin. I put some amazon packaging (the paper packaging found inside cardboard boxes) in the bin, along with he usual kitchen scraps and rough looking paper scraps: envelopes - loo rolls etc.
So I'm worried that some fire retardant or some treatment was on the paper packaging and I've unwittingly killed the worms.
Did it get over active? Have I gassed them? I went out to see them and get a photo only to find death!