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Hi from Barichara, Colombia and thanks Wendy for sharing this fascinating system!

About three months ago we have introduced worms in our newly built system, and it is now in use for the last two months. Because of a slight smell of the human waste layer we almost daily have been adding a thin sprinkle of carbon rich material (ripped carboard pieces, wood shavings, etcetera). Since at some point the temerature of the organic material started to rise and worms creeped up and left the tank, we started to wet it down daily. After digging a bit today into the human waste layer, it turned out to be even hotter further down.. and steamy! So we have the folowing questions:

- How could be explained what happended?

- Should we stop layering of the human waste with carbon rich stuff?

- How can we (quickly) lower the temperature and create good conditions for the worms?

Thanks in advance for your answers 🙂 Greetings!