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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!

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Written by Bentley on March 11th, 2010 with comments disabled.
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Tiny Tub Challenge – 3-26-15

Yeah, things have been a bit quiet around here as of late (considering my last blog post was my last Tiny Tub update)! Yikes.

I finally checked on my tubs last night.

Here are my cocoon counts:

Bin #1 – 18 cocoons
Bin #2 – 0 cocoons (remember, my worms disappeared early on and I decided to keep it as a comparison bin)
Bin #3 – 22 cocoons

Temperature down in the basement is still around 17 C (~63 F).

The adult Red Worms in the two worm bins are still looking big and healthy. STILL no juveniles – but some of the cocoons looked just about ready to hatch.

Food levels were looking pretty low, so I added some frozen kale to all 3 tubs. Adding some new bedding to a couple of the bins as well.


We had a bit of a scare with my daughters bin (remember – she is keeping a different TTTWC bin up in her room so we can compare). What’s funny is that she had been at me repeatedly to check on it and I kept delaying it (was never at the “right time” – plus I figured there wasn’t much to check up on yet).

Guess I should have listened to her! When we finally did check on the bin, the (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 26th, 2015 with no comments.
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Tiny Tub Challenge – 3-13-15

I checked on my “Tiny Tubs” today.

Here are my cocoon counts:

Bin #1 – 13 cocoons
Bin #2 – 0 cocoons (remember, my worms disappeared early on and I decided to keep it as a comparison bin)
Bin #3 – 15 cocoons

Temperature down in the basement is still around 17 C (~63 F).

The adult Red Worms in the two worm bins are still looking big and healthy. No sign of juveniles yet.

Food levels were looking pretty low, so I added some frozen kale to all 3 tubs.

It’s important to note that (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 13th, 2015 with 9 comments.
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Lonnie’s Outdoor In-Ground Worm Bed

trench-winter

My good friend, and Worm Farming Alliance member, Lonnie Sibley, recently wrote an article describing the in-ground worm bed he built last fall for raising Red Worms.

After seeing the heap of rocks he had to remove from the excavation site, I promise I will never complain again about the one or two field stones I tend to encounter when digging a new vermicomposting trench!

I can honestly say that I’ve never had to use a pick axe to create a worm bed!
:lol:

Lonnie gets some pretty cold winter weather where he lives in Missouri – and he mentions that the top 4-5 inches did freeze. But thanks to (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 12th, 2015 with no comments.
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Papaya Vermicomposting Update

Quick update on the papaya vermicomposting front. I actually almost forgot about this one (surprise – lol) – but a comment on the first post reminded me to go have a look today.

The papaya is definitely pretty well processed by now – and a LOT more worms seem to be taking an interest in it as well. I have included my Day 0 image below for comparison.


DAY 0

DAY 8


As you can see, (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 4th, 2015 with 6 comments.
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Tiny Tub Challenge – 3-02-15

I just got finished checking on my “Tiny Tub Two Worm Challenge” (TTTWC) bins. Things seem to be coming along.

Here are my cocoon counts:

Bin #1 – 7 cocoons
Bin #2 – 0 cocoons (remember, my worms disappeared early on and I decided to keep it as a comparison bin)
Bin #3 – 6 cocoons

Temperatures down in the basement have been hovering around 17 or 18 C (~63/64 F) – so still on the cool side.

The Red Worms in the two worm bins are (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 2nd, 2015 with 7 comments.
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Dan’s VermBin48 System

Dan Lonowski, a WFA member and owner of the VermBin Plans Package recently shared this video with me.

I am REALLY impressed with his set-up! The bin looks fantastic (puts “The Beast” to shame) – and he is clearly doing a fantastic job with the worms as well.

Of course, I totally appreciate the (unsolicited) plug for the plans package at the end! Dan is just that kind of guy.
:cool:

Written by Bentley on March 2nd, 2015 with 1 comment.
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If You Are Super Serious About Cardboard Shredding…

…and you happen to be a pretty skilled DYIer…

…this crazy DIY cardboard shredder might be for you!

Just watch those fingers!!!

Thanks to Mark for sharing this.
:cool:


On a related note – be sure to also check out this (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 2nd, 2015 with 11 comments.
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