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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 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!


Written by Bentley on March 11th, 2010 with comments disabled.
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Worm Inn Mega – 09-16-14

Sorry it’s been SO LONG since my last Worm Inn Mega update!


Goofball antics aside, I just wanted to provide a brief follow-up to my last Mega post. As you may recall, I didn’t add my usual layer of bedding when I fed last Thursday.

What’s interesting is that the level has been (more…)

Written by Bentley on September 16th, 2014 with 1 comment.
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Worm Inn Mega – 09-13-14

I’m overdue for a Worm Inn Mega update!

As is usually the case (when things get a bit quiet on the update front), I haven’t been feeding quite as often as I could or “should”. The fact that the overall level of material in the system is still up pretty close to the top tells me I’ll likely need to harvest soon.

Digging around yesterday, it looked as though the food materials have been getting processed quite well – even all the buns and bread that were added not too long ago. But conditions were getting a bit dry for my liking.

I added just over 9 lb of mixed food waste yesterday (important to note that most batches of “food” do have at least some bedding materials in them – but they wouldn’t contribute much in terms of weight). That brings my total (for this trial) up to (more…)

Written by Bentley on September 13th, 2014 with 1 comment.
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Vermiculture & Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Interesting question from Joshua:

My name is Joshua and I have been playing with worm composting now for
a year, have build a flow through system and am very much in love with
what these little guys can do. Your site has been pivotal in my
success thus far, so I turn to you with a perplexing question. While
the belief that traditional composting is considered a “green”
practice, and is without a doubt far superior to sending organic
matter to the landfill, it does create a surprising amount of methane
and GHG. It made me wonder if processing that same organic material
with worms instead would retain the currently trapped carbon in the
same way micro and macro nutrients pass through the worms undigested.
Have you encountered any research or discussion of this being tested
that you could share? Thank you for sharing your passion and have a
wonderful night!

Hi Joshua,

You are right about traditional composting being known to release potent greenhouse gases, such as methane (CH3) and nitrous oxide (N2O). What’s interesting, though, is that vermicomposting actually came under scrutiny a number of years ago for having the potential to release a fair amount of N2O as well! Unfortunately the media kind of ran with it, publishing articles with headlines like “Worms are Killing the Planet” in various prominent newspapers, journals etc – and not too surprisingly, things got a bit out of hand.

Thankfully, Dr Clive Edwards (prominent vermicomposting researcher for many years) stepped in and (more…)

Written by Bentley on September 9th, 2014 with 2 comments.
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If a Worm Inn Mega and a VB24 Had Offspring…

They might look something like this:

Joking aside, this is actually a very cool Worm Inn Mega stand, shared in the “RWC Worm Inns” Facebook group by my friend AJ Prange. This nifty stand (LOVE the wheels), was designed and built by AJ’s husband from a single piece of plywood!

Thanks to AJ (and her husband) for letting me share it here!

Written by Bentley on September 1st, 2014 with 1 comment.
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Vermicompost Just Plain Works!

Yet another WFAer shared something very cool with me today (there’s something in the air I tell ya)! Steve Churchill – owner of “Urban Worm Company” in Plymouth Meeting, PA – noticed a superb photo posted on the RWC Facebook group by Mary Ann Smith, and asked if he could add some text and share it on his site.

The result is the image I’ve posted above (great for sharing, so don’t be shy! lol)!

Thanks to Mary Ann and thanks to Steve for their joint effort in helping to promote the wonderful world of “worm poop”!

Written by Bentley on August 29th, 2014 with 1 comment.
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Compost With Crickets…And Then Eat Them?

WFA member, Julie P., recently shared an intriguing BBC article with the group called “‘Cricket compost box’ tackles food problem.”.

I’ve certainly come across the idea of eating crickets before (and am secretly interested in trying them some time – just don’t tell my wife! lol), but this is actually the first time I’ve seen mention of using crickets to process waste materials.

Before I get too worried (lol) about them eclipsing Red Worms and (more…)

Written by Bentley on August 29th, 2014 with 4 comments.
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Moldy Bread as Worm Food

Questions from Nicole:

Hi. I have an indoor worm bin in my apartment. Can I feed my worms
bread that has gotten moldy? Will the mold harm the worms? Would it
make the bin too smelly? Thanks, Nicole.

Hi Nicole,

The short answer is YES, you can certainly use moldy bread – BUT it’s important that we explore this “moldy” topic in greater depth.

Fungal growth in a worm bin – and moldy food in general – is not necessarily a “bad” thing, but it IS something you might want to keep in check (assuming you are not actually trying to grow mushrooms in your worm bin – another topic of discussion altogether!). Fungi play an important role in the breakdown process, but if you allow them to grow to the “fruiting” stage, you can end up with clouds of spores billowing out of your bin every time you open the lid. For anyone with mold allergies (or with someone else in the house who has them) – and especially with certain kinds of mold – this is definitely not a good thing.

That said, it is typically not difficult to keep fungal growth in check, so there is no need to worry. The key is to (more…)

Written by Bentley on August 22nd, 2014 with no comments.
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