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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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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 no comments.
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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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Compost Tumbler Vermicomposting – 08-20-14

I finally got around to checking up on my compost tumbler vermicomposting experiment yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised to see that everything has been coming along beautifully in the system. With very little in the way of assistance from me, I might add!

The overall level of material in the bin has gone down considerably, and a lot of it seems to have been converted into nice looking vermicompost.

I dug out a tray-ful of the material for a closer look (unlike a regular worm bin, it’s not all that easy to dig around in a tumbler), and was pleased to discover that (more…)

Written by Bentley on August 20th, 2014 with no comments.
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Worm Inn Mega – 08-13-14

Wow – already 2 weeks since my last update (lots on the go these days)! As I mentioned in an update to that post (written a day later), I added another 7.4 lb of food, plus a thick layer of moistened shredded drink tray cardboard. This left the system “officially” full (cardboard was basically touching the screen lid).

As you can see, the level in the system has dropped a fair bit since that time (even more so than the image seems to indicate). What’s really interesting is that the (more…)

Written by Bentley on August 13th, 2014 with 6 comments.
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Using Aquaponics Water For Worm/Compost Tea

John has written in with some great questions about a really interesting topic of discussion. Unlike the usual “Reader Questions” scenario where I actually feel qualified to provide the answer myself, this is going to be presented as an “open” topic for discussion. As I told John, we’ve had some lively compost tea discussions in the past, so I think this could be interesting!

Here is John’s original msg:

The tea would be for use in the soil garden and raised beds. I do have
red worms in the grow beds.

My questions are…

1. If the Aquaponics water is used will nitrifying bacteria compete
with those in the worm castings and compost during the brewing

2. Would this negatively impact optimal growth of optimal bacteria?

3. Are the 2 really that different?

4. Would the addition of the nitrifying bacteria be beneficial once
applied as a foliar spray or soil drench?

5. How would this effect the growth of fungi?

6. Has anyone ever compared worm tea with aquaponics water to regular
worm tea?

Please feel free to add your input in the comments section (and please “share” via social media if you’d like to help get others involved)!

Written by Bentley on August 6th, 2014 with 2 comments.
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