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!
I decided to check up on my Tiny Tub Challenge bins today. This actually the second time I’ve checked up on them. Last week I had a quick look and added some frozen (once rotten) mushrooms to each bin for food.
Everything seems to be coming along nicely in the bins. I am seeing a bit more of an ecosystem developing. Today I saw a few springtails, LOADS of nematodes, some fungal growth, and even some fungus gnats (in one of the bins).
In case you are wondering what nematodes look like (more…)
Just before the holidays, George Mingin and I had a small (Worm Farming Alliance) test launch for our new worm growing guide. Even though the guide is an “early first edition”, the response was amazing. More than a few members seemed eager to start implementing George’s growing methods right away.
One such person was Scott Neitzke, who sent me an email not long after that to let me know about a new worm growing set-up he had built for himself.
Here is what he had to say (with images):
Hi Bentley, I mentioned I was starting a project based off of your and George’s project. My goal is make a heated box that contains 2 18-gallon Rubbermaid roughnecks that can be kept at a near constancy of 77 F (25 C) the way George does with his Red Word breeding.
I came up with this box utilizing a (more…)
I was hunting around for some worm food videos on YouTube today and found this interesting one posted by “RobBob’s Backyardfarming“.
This definitely makes me want to test out some old flour (and other grain-based materials) as worm food. I’m very curious to see if it attracts fewer (non-worm) critters than something like chick starter feed or worm chow.
Might be a handy food mix to use for the “Tiny Tub Two Worm Challenge“!
Who here thinks you can grow 100 lb of worms (or more) in a single room in your house?
Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn’t it?
Well, according to a now “classic” article by one Brian Paley (written way back in 1995, and amazingly STILL online), that’s exactly what you can do!
The article, appropriately titled “How To Breed, Raise, and Maintain A 100-Pound Stock of Worms in a Single Room“, is a whopping 7-part behemoth found on “The Burrow” website (actually part of the old “Jet Compost” site).
The content it contains – while in spots, controversial, debatable, or flat out wrong – is largely excellent, and at times entertaining, stuff! Absolutely worth a read-through (just don’t treat it as “gospel”).
Here’s a funny blurb:
Yet another brand new year has arrived, and what better way to get things going again here on the blog than with a fun RWC experiment?! Unlike my typical follow-alongs, however, this time I want to get as many of YOU involved as possible.
For quite some time I’ve wanted to start a new version of my original “Four Worm Reproduction Experiment“. But, I wanted to improve on the experimental design AND make it even easier to keep up with (if you’ve followed for any length of time, you’ll know that some of my experiments can end up falling by the wayside – especially when I make them too time-consuming).
Putting together my “Will a Red Worm Population Double in 3 Months?” blog post served to motivate me even more. I’ve been dying to see just how close I can come to those “ideal” population growth stats provided by my good friend George Mingin.
Speaking of George…
He and I are preparing to release (more…)
Question from Lisa:
My 7 yr old put his hamster bedding in the bin, not sure if that is good for them due to the urine and poop, is it going to kill them?
This is a good question – and it’s great that you are considering some of the potential hazards as well! In a nutshell, YES you should be able to use hamster bedding but – depending on the concentration of urine – there’s a decent chance it will require some pre-treatment.
Urine is the main concern since it contains salts and has the greatest potential for ammonia release (urea converts to ammonia quite readily) – both of these are very dangerous for worms.
If you are looking for a low-effort approach (more…)
It’s been a little over a month since my last “Breathable Bucket Bin” update.
In that blog post I mentioned my decision to try and “push my luck” by adding a bunch more food to the system. Since then, I have basically just left everything alone.
Today, I decided it was finally time to take a look and – more interestingly – dump everything out to see what’s been going on down below!
Right off the bat, it was pretty clear that the overall level in the bin had dropped a fair bit.
But based on the weight and (more…)
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