For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Bentley (“Compost Guy”) Christie and I’ve been a crazed worm composting fanatic (or “vermiholic” if you prefer) for more than 13 yrs now. I created this website back in 2006 with the simple intention of sharing my passion with the world. So far so good! Things have certainly progressed since the early days, though, and the website has provided me with an amazing opportunity to get to know a LOT of other “worm heads” from across North America and around the world!
Several observations from my years of vermicomposting:
1) Plastic tub systems, when set up properly with plenty of bedding – and when a few key requirements (see below) are met – can handle a LOT of neglect! Far more than a “fancy schmancy” Worm Inn or VermBin, in fact!
2) “Living material” tends to help create a far more “forgiving” system.
3) Aged horse manure (prime example of a “living material”) left-over after harvesting worms – i.e. material containing plenty of cocoons and baby worms – seems to spring “back to life” quite quickly.
With these three tidbits of “wisdom” in mind, I decided to try (more…)
Question from Ed:
I have a mature worm factory in my basement and I have picked up a
beetle infestation. From what I can figure I think they could be Flea
Beetles. Does it sound possible that I could have Flea Beetles. Should
I be concerned? The seem to be multiplying at a faster rate. Is there
a way to erradicate them or a least limit their growth? Should I be
There are a number of different varieties of beetles that can end up (sometimes in great abundance) in your vermicomposting systems. Flea beetles are not one of them – at least not in my experience (or that I know of). Likely the most common type is the “rove beetle” (Staphylinidae). These can sometimes appear in great numbers – particularly in open systems (especially those receiving manure as a food). These beetles tend to be long and thin, and often exhibit a curious tail-raising behavior as they run.
What you are likely seeing, though, is another fairly common variety – the (more…)
At the end of September, I set up my “breathable bucket bin” using a 5 gal pail with a pair of old long johns secured to the top.
The idea is to keep flying pests out, while still allowing plenty of air exchange.
So far, I have been pleasantly surprised with the results! Although I can’t really dig around as much as I’d like to (at least not without completely disturbing the whole system), what little digging I’ve done has uncovered an active, healthy worm population – one that is readily processing all the waste materials I’ve been putting in.
Although I dumped in a small bin of worms containing “mostly Euros”, it’s pretty obvious now that there must have been plenty of baby red worms and/or cocoons – since there seems to be a LOT of Red Worms in there now!
The Euros are still thriving as well – the ones I’ve been finding looking big and juicy – although they seem to be congregating all in one area of the bin (from an ecological/breeding standpoint this kinda makes sense).
With everything going so well, I thought perhaps that I should see if I can push my luck a bit (lol), by adding quite a lot more food at once.
I started by adding (more…)
I wanted to share some interesting results (so far) from my “Mega Pumpkin Fun” experiment.
As you can see, the larger pieces haven’t changed all that much. I am not overly surprised by this. For one thing, I didn’t freeze/thaw the pumpkin ahead of time – and it just so happens that the particular pumpkin used for the larger fragments had a very tough skin and flesh. Aside from that, I’ve left everything totally exposed – I’m sure the decomposition process would be moving along more quickly if the pieces were at least partially buried.
5 DAYS LATER
The “interesting results” apply to the (more…)
I’ve managed to “kill three birds with one stone” with my latest kooky (or should I say spooooooky? lol) experiment!
1) My Mega has received an over-due feeding.
2) I was able to start using some of the pumpkin waste I wrote about recently.
3) I even managed to get some “compost activator” involved!
Yep. Earlier in the year I (more…)
The results are IN!
174 RWC email list subscribers participated in our recent t-shirt slogan poll, and now that the dust has finally settled I’d like to share the results.
Here are the TOP 10 favorite slogans:
1) “Official Worm Herder” – 70 Votes
2) “Red Worm Composting – WAY Too Much Fun With Worms!” – 51 Votes
3) “Got Worms?” – 51 Votes
4) “I’ve Got Worms!” – 42 Votes
5) “Keep Calm…I’ve Got Worms.” – 41 Votes
6) “Worms Rock!” – 35 Votes
7) “I ‘Heart’ Worms” (heart would be image) – 32 Votes
8) “Spread The Worm!” – 30 Votes
9) “I Love My Worms” – 22 Votes
10) “Worm Nerd” – 18 Votes
To see the full break down check out the visual >>HERE< <
THIS is exactly why I (more…)
Happy Halloween Everyone!
You know you’re a Worm Head when you find yourself more excited about all the pumpkin “guts” you’re going to have for your worms, than you are about eating left-over treats (or pinching them from the bags of unsuspecting children who love and trust you – lol).
And trust me…Mr. Sweet Tooth here is EXCITED ABOUT THE TREATS!!
While I likely won’t be driving around nabbing pumpkins from local curbsides this season, I should still end up with a fair amount of tasty worm food just from all the pumpkins we bought this year – not to mention all the leftover squash from this year’s garden (reminds me I need to write a post about that)!
I will more than likely freeze the “guts” then add most of them to my (more…)
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