Tag Archives: red worm composting

A Brief Look at Different Vermicomposts

My vermicompost never looks as good as his does!

I tend to have stuff resembling the middle bin, but not even that fine.  I don’t tend to let mine cure…until now.

Now that we’re going into the winter (worm season), I’m going to really focus on coming up with some great stuff by the time spring comes around.

Bentley makes it look easy, doesn’t it?  If you ever have any questions on vermicomposting, be sure to check out redwormcomposting.com .  This dude lives it!

Worm Inn Mega tour (video)

Worm Inn Mega – Tour

Definitely digging this MASSIVE Worm Inn.

My main question is regarding how to empty it… since it’s so huge when you open the drawstrings I can imagine material just flies out of that thing.  I wonder how heavy it is…definitely over 100 pounds when full, if not closer to 150 lbs!

If I had one of these, I’d pretty much have to stop my other compost projects since I don’t have a whole lot of material, but man it’s tempting to get one anyway!

My current Worm Inn is just enough capacity, but there have been times where I wish it was bigger.

Worm Wonderings #1: waxed paper

For fun, I decided to add some materials that would break down eventually in a compost pile to my Worm Inn:

I decided to add a disgusting Jimmy John’s wrapper and also some little blueberry muffin cake things left over from Thanksgiving I forgot about.  Seriously messed up on that one- my mom makes killer food.  Sorry mom!  I’ll let you know if the worms like it.

On a side note, did you know that the majority of “paper” cups you see contain a plastic liner in them?  If your end castings seem to have bits of shiny plastic in them, and you put a paper cup or two in the worm composter, chances are the remnants are what’s left from the cups.  Crazy, right?  More info to come shortly…

Without a Winter Worm Worry

I live in a super old and drafty house, and in the wintertime I always wonder if my worms will survive.  The worms reside in the colder half of my basement, but apparently it’s no problem for them: I was reading my Worm Briefs email subscription and there were testimonials of people that had worms surviving in both sub zero and above 100F temperatures!  Check this out:

“I’ve had redworms survive Winnipeg winters for 2 years in a
row.  Frost gets down past 6″ as I recall (could be wrong)
and we do get rather severe winter temperatures. This year we
have a thick blanket of snow but last year the sledders were
complaining quite a bit.  Not sure of temperatures under the
snow but this evening we’re at -32 C (- 25.6 F) heading for
-34 C (-29.2 F).  On top of that they’re giving us a wind chill
of -43 C (-45.4 F).  I was very surprised to find my worms in
the lasagna bed last spring.”
~ Paul

I complain about temperatures in the teens, I have nothing to complain about!  And on the other side of things:

“Just a quick comment re: temperatures that red worms can survive
in. I live in Adelaide, Australia and have my worm farm set
up in a large wooden crate with plenty of ventilation holes
and a moist towel over the top with a wooden lid over that.

We have recently had a couple of days where the temp has reached
45 C (113 F) and the worms appear to be ok and a couple of
years ago we had a heat wave when the daytime temp did not go
below 40 C (104 F) for 2 weeks and they still survived so as
you say they are pretty resilient.”
~ Mark

Wow!  Chances are pretty good my worms will make it through the winter just fine…

Winter Composting (youtube)

Winter Composting

Here’s my man Bentley showing how to compost all winter using those squiggly, squirmy friends of ours…worms.  He always uses cheesy music for his videos, this one is no exception.  However, the info is good enough that you nearly ignore the music anyway.  Being cold sucks.

My Life With Worms by Bentley Christie (review)

 

I’ve been following Bentley Christie’s Red Worm Composting site for quite some time now, just reading over the material and watching videos to prep myself for suddenly owning 1,000 pets. Other than the first night where nearly every worm in the bin tried to escape (I realized there weren’t enough air holes!), it’s been a breeze maintaining them and watching them multiply. His expertise certainly helped me become a professional in short time, and I thank him for that.

His writing style is a trip, and I’ve been begging him to write a guest article for this page for quite some time (feel free to harass him). When he told me he was near completion with writing a book, I was thinking to myself “finally, the end-all be-all worm guide with every possible tip and trick ever”. Nope!

“My Life With Worms” is actually more about himself than it is about worms, which I think is great. I can imagine some readers might be disappointed, thinking they’re getting a huge worm guide…however he says it over and over that it isn’t that.

He does talk about his rise in the worm world (he doesn’t call it that, he’s too modest) and all of his realizations and failures along the way. To say the least, his story is pretty damn inspiring, and you can tell that he’s writing from a position of honesty, passion and success.

In the remainder of the book, he goes through a number of worm-related business ideas and touches on how they can be brought to life. While I wasn’t looking to start a worm business, he certainly made me think a bit more about how to further incorporate vermicomposting into my current passions. How many of you out there have worm bins? If not, check out his site and get to work.

Anyway, if you’re at all a follower of Bentley’s worm websites, this book is obviously a must. It really puts into perspective why he does what he does, and how he’s interested in helping you do what you should be doing. After reading, it definitely helped me feel that much better about what I’m interested in, and to keep at it. Bentley’s a great dude and I highly suggest getting in touch with him. He’s a solid dude with a solid message that we can all learn from.

Click here to check out “My Life With Worms”

Harvesting Vermicompost (youtube)

Harvesting Vermicompost

My worms are working their way through the bin quickly, gobbling up everything I put in front of them…so how do I transfer them to a new bin when it’s time?  My man Bentley has a great video showing the best technique for transferring the dudes to a new house.