The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out... Is this okay?

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I've been vermicomposting for more than 25 years and what you describe is just normal earthworm behavior. I, too, have often wondered what they mean by it, but have never come to any kind of conclusion. 

Do you ever provide something besides food waste? Old autumn leaves? Straw? Shredded office paper? Worms especially seem to benefit from a portion of leaves now and again. By "benefit" I mean, increased castings production and a burst of egg laying. I don't have any scientific evidence of that, but it's been my observation.

I suspect you are doing everything just right. :) Tweak with a little carbon source (leaves, straw, paper), and carry on!!

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