Recently I became ill and someone else was caring for the garden for me. They innocently forgot to water the worm bin for a week or more and all the worms cooked to death.
I scraped out all the vermicast from the bottom but still have a lot of unfinished material left and am unable to start a compost heap. I don't want to get more worms til the weather cools off. Until then, if I leave the stuff in the closed, dark bin and turn it will it finish into regular compost, or just rot and smell? I'm not sure what was added to it while I was out of commission but the dead worms are pretty rank and I do not know what to add at this point to rectify that. Should I just chuck it out?
And should I bleach or otherwise disinfect before I start the new worm bin in the same container?