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Red Worm Composting – Welcome!

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 15 yrs now. I started this website back in 2007 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!

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Written by Bentley on March 11th, 2010 with comments disabled.
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VermBin48 Reboot

It’s been almost exactly two and a half years since my last VB48 update! Although I did set the system up again after that (my last post talked about cleaning out the bin), it has been used almost exclusively as a holding bin for the worm mix material I sell up here in Canada.

Seeing as it is currently my “off season”, and since I’ve been feeling pretty vermi-inspired lately, I thought it would be fun to finally start using it as a “normal” worm bin (aka Compost Guy experimental bin – so likely not normal at all! haha) once again.

The first thing I did (another day earlier in the week) was harvest a big bag of living material (in this case, A.K.A. unscreened vermicompost) for use in my Worm Inn Mega system. This was accomplished via a basic “light harvesting” approach.

You can see in the first image below that (more…)

Written by Bentley on January 13th, 2017 with no comments.
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Zipper Bag Worm Bin?

Two of the key worm requirements I emphasize in my vermicomposting training are: 1) oxygen (aka “aeration”), and 2) darkness. So I’m sure for many of you, the idea of using a clear ziploc bag as a “worm bin” will seem questionable right off the bat.

On that note, let me start with a warning to newer vermicomposters…

Using any form of clear, plastic (or glass for that matter) container – especially one with poor air flow – as a worm bin is NOT usually recommended. Please keep in mind I’ve been doing this for a long time (17 years as I type this) and am very familiar with the nuances of the process…Aside from that, I don’t mind “messing up” every now and again, so long as it serves as a learning experience for me and my readers (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it – lol)!

With all that out of the way, let me tell you about my fun new experiment! Haha

If you are on the e-mail list, you may be aware of the fact that I have plans to try and raise Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) indoors. I won’t get into all the details about that here (will save for another post), but the long and the short of it is that (more…)

Written by Bentley on January 11th, 2017 with 4 comments.
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Vermicomposting Trench Questions

Questions from Diego:

I just moved in to a house with an untreated clay soil yard. I’m modifying it and I already have the Composting Trench ready for the worms.

Yet, as I have some grass clippings laying around the Trench, will the worms get out of the Trench to feed them elsewhere?

Other question:
I’m going to buy 100 worms for a 3 foot deep 4 square meter trench, would those 100 worms be enough to give birth to more worms within that space?

Hi Diego,

For most vermicomposting trenches I would recommend Red Worms (Eisenia fetida/andrei). They are very versatile (tolerant of a wide range of conditions, easy to work with etc), and well-suited for composting environments. In other words, they are going to get the job done – but will only tend to concentrate in areas where there are very rich organic waste deposits. You might find some under old heaps of rotten grass clippings (etc), but the vast majority of them will stay in your trench, assuming you continue to add food for them.

One thing I should mention is that (more…)

Written by Bentley on December 31st, 2016 with no comments.
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Worm Inn Mega – 12-09-16


Today I finally got my (ragged, old) Worm Inn Mega system up and running! Be sure to check out the very first blog post in the series if you are just joining us.

Of course…in true Compost Guy style…since my last update, I have managed to end up with a serious fruit fly & gnat infestation in my basement. I brought in a bunch of material from my outdoor beds – including some rotten pumpkin from Halloween – and added it to my VermBin48 system.

I guess there were a few fly/gnats eggs in there!
;-)

(If you watched the last video you will know that I am operating, initially, without the zippered mesh lid – easily one of the most advantageous features of the Worm Inn)

Never a dull moment around here!

Bottom-line, I need to be (more…)

Written by Bentley on December 9th, 2016 with no comments.
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Worm Inn Mega Reboot – 11-28-16

It’s been a LONG time coming, but I am very excited to announce that I have finally decided to get a Worm Inn Mega set up down in my basement again!

As some of you may recall, I ended up having to take down my last Mega system (probably a couple of years ago) since it was taking up room and we were about to get some work done down in the basement. I have had an outdoor Regular Worm Inn project (links to last post in that series) since that time, but it’s just not the same!

When I finally tracked down the old Mega in my shed this morning, I discovered that (more…)

Written by Bentley on November 28th, 2016 with 1 comment.
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Crazy Q&A Podcasts – Session #15


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Continuing on with questions and topics submitted by RWC email list subscribers.

Hope you find this session helpful!

[NOTE: If you would like to download the mp3 file, simply click the download (downward arrow) icon sitting below the audio player]

Topics Covered

- Vermicomposting in Florida heat
- How to feed (more…)

Written by Bentley on November 11th, 2016 with 2 comments.
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Crazy Q&A Podcasts – Session #14


I know things have been extremely quiet on the blog this year, but I want to make it clear that I haven’t “moved on” from Red Worm Composting (and certainly not from worm composting in general). I’ve simply been busy with other (related and unrelated) projects…and good ol’ life in general!

And what better way to (hopefully) get back into the swing of things than with a “Crazy Q&A Podcast”?

As some of you will know, I started up a brand new email list, and I asked subscribers to submit questions and topic suggestions.

I decided on the podcast format for my responses since they are (more…)

Written by Bentley on October 25th, 2016 with 4 comments.
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