Your worms will be happy if moisture and food are correct. If your worms come up the side of the bin, remove the lid, and turn on the light. This should discourage this behavior.
Your worms can eat one half their body weight in food every day.
No. Any bin that can have aeration holes added can be a worm composter.
No, these worms need a bedding mix (peat moss or coconut coir) and plenty of food. They are not soil dwellers.
In a healthy environment these worms can live up to four years.
Use castings as an all purpose fertilizer on any plants you like. Castings are also great for seed starting mix 50% starter mix and 50% castings.
As long as you keep them moist and oxygenated castings have an indefinite shelf life. Heat and cold do not affect your castings.
The bedding is converted to castings when it looks like fine coffee grounds. This usually takes 12 to 24 weeks.
There are a few options including shaker harvesters, trommeling or feeding methods.
Spring tails are harmless soil dwellers that you may find in your bin. If your infestation becomes a nuisance place a milk soaked piece of bread on top of your bedding. When the
bread becomes covered with spring tails remove bread and throw out. Spring tails live in moist environments; they will not hurt the worms but will compete for food.