I do worm composting. It works the best for me since I have more green waste than anything else. I start my worm bin with newspaper, but it is feast or famine for the worms when it comes to greens. They either get a lot and the bin smells like ammonia or they don't get enough and they eat up all of the paper. I actually end up adding more paper every three weeks or so. While the worms don't multiply as fast because I am not a giving them ideal food and I still haven't figured out how wet they should be.
My dilemma is this:
How much water should I give the worms? Should I like flush the bins once a week. I was told I was keeping the bins toxic by not flushing the bins enough. I don't get much leachate so while the inside of the bin feels wet to me, it may still need flushing.
I give the worms so much newspaper that when I harvest the compost it is gray and sticky rather than dark and fluffy. Should I have to keep adding newspapers or should there be enough just with the initial bedding? Should I just feed the worms more greens? I feed my worms probably once a week, is that enough?
To counter this, I added some peat moss to the bin as an alternate carbon source. It did help a bit on the texture, but it can still be sticky because I am still adding newspaper every couple of weeks. It used to be three weeks, but the newspaper seems to be disappearing a lot faster.
I also get roaches in the bin that I have to keep evicting and the geckos get in there and eat the worms and It is harder to keep them completly out of the bin. I have a screen on the bin to keep out most of the flies and I don't give them a lot of fruit anyway since it would just attract fruit flies.
I usually give the worms banana peels, kitchen scraps, kale, swiss chard, lettuce (over the hill) from the garden. I also give them the edible weeds like bitter melon. I do have a lot of weeds I could give them, but do worms eat weeds? With the exception of the banana, they don't get much fruit. Most of my fruit are citrus so I keep that mostly out of the bins because of fruit flies, I don't give them tomatoes which they would love and I have an abundance of over ripe tomatoes at the moment. Is not giving them much fruit and only greens part of the problem? When I give them banana peels, it disappears really fast. Although, I think the roaches are also eating up a lot of the worm food too.