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!
Quick update on the “Tiny Tub Challenge” front for you.
After leaving my comfrey and cardboard systems to sit for about a week, I finally decided to add the contents of my two tiny tubs.
By this morning, the comfrey was looking (more…)
Things are definitely winding down with this year’s vermigardening projects (hope to post a vermigardening “wrap-up” fairly soon) and I have been digging around in the beds and pulling apart some of the hay bales to take a look inside.
I’ve been happy to find some nice concentrations of Red Worms in the beds, but the big surprise for me has been the incredible densities of ispopods I’ve been finding as well. Not too surprisingly, the main concentrations tend to be in dryish zones where there usually aren’t all that many worms. Like springtails, ispods don’t seem to thrive in really wet habitats.
What’s really interesting is that in the zones of high isopod activity, I have also been finding (more…)
It’s been just over 5 months since my last “Tiny Tub Two Worm Challenge” update. According to my little experimental log book, April 8th (same day as last update) was the very last time I did anything with these bins (other than the occasional peek inside).
So, you can probably imagine my surprise when I checked on one of the “tiny tubs” recently, and found living Red Worms in it!
In light of this discovery, yesterday I decided to do a more thorough investigation.
What’s interesting is that even though (more…)
Early in August I put together a podcast (and written version) featuring my response to “Tim S.”, who had written in with lots of interesting questions about the potential for setting up a worm farm and castings operation on a 2 acre plot of land.
You can find that blog post here: “2 Acre Low-Maintenance Castings & Bait Worm Operation?” (and I recommend going through it before proceeding with this post)
Well, it seems Tim really appreciated the response…but found that it led to even MORE questions about all of this!
I decided I should post the follow-up responses here as well. Below you will find Tim’s additional questions (in bold) along with my answers directly below each of them.
My good friend (and WFA member), Steve Bichlmeier sent me an email last week sharing some info about his testing with different kinds of composting worms in his Worm Inn Mega systems. It sounded like a really interesting project overall, so I asked Steve if he’d be willing to share his updates here on the blog.
I’ll leave you to guess what he said!
It’s been about three and a half weeks since I posted any sort of vermigardening update, so I figured I’d make this one a bit of a combo deal, and provide updates for both the hay bale vermigardening and the deep mulch projects.
Hay Bale Vermigardening
After an extended period of pretty dismal results (as compared to the results from my vermigardening efforts in previous seasons), it feels like we’re finally starting to “turn the corner” a bit with the hale bale beds.
There are likely a number of factors at work here.
I received an interesting e-mail (and follow-up with more details) from Tim S. It seemed like the sort of topic others would find interesting, and Tim seemed to be hoping for a pretty in-depth response…
…so I decided it would be a good opp to create a mini-podcast of sorts.
Here is his original question:
I have a question about sheet composting with shredded leaves in a field. Are there any reasons that a 12-18 inch layer spread over 2 acres wouldn’t produce a good casting after screening it? What are the drawbacks to a low maintenance system like this? Is it really necessary to keep adding food? Thanks!
Along with some additional (more…)
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