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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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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 no 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.

Written by Bentley on March 2nd, 2015 with no comments.
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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.

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

Written by Bentley on March 2nd, 2015 with no comments.
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Vermicomposting Papaya

My dad recently brought over a ripe papaya for the kids (some grandparents bring toys and candy…my dad brings tropical fruit). Over the next few days, my daughter and I consumed (and enjoyed) most of it. But then it suddenly dawned on me that I’ve never done any papaya vermicomposting trials!

Being the trueworm-head” that I am, my priorities switched from enjoyable-nutrition to vermi-experimentation, and I ran off with the remains down to my “worm lab”.

As I’ve written previously, there’s been some talk about (more…)

Written by Bentley on February 26th, 2015 with 2 comments.
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Worm Inn Journal – 2-23-15

It is crazy to think that it’s been almost 4 MONTHS since my last Worm Inn update! Surprisingly, this was not for lack of important happenings on the Worm Inn front – I guess my brain just hasn’t really been in “Worm Inn mode”.

At least not until now!

Here is a quick run down of what’s been (and what IS) happening:

1) Last fall I finally got around to building a wooden stand for one of my “Regular” Worm Inns, based on the Blake Ketchum’s great DIY Mega Stand. and started up the system you see pictured to the right.

2) In November I ended up taking down my Worm Inn Mega system to help free up some space in the basement. We were having some renovations done, and some of the work was down in the bathroom where it had been sitting.

3) I recently started putting together a comprehensive (more…)

Written by Bentley on February 23rd, 2015 with 2 comments.
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Short Notice Worm Bin Set-Up

Great question from Katie:

So my worms are coming TOMORROW and I have not set up my bin. It’s been a year since we have done this last and we were not given a heads up but I remember the bin needed set up like two weeks ago. What should I do?

Hi Katie,

The timing of your email is great, since I just published my “Living Materials” guide (which, as you’ll see in a minute, may help with your situation.

As you likely know, the key here will be to get the system set up, and as close to “optimized” as you possibly can…as soon as possible. Don’t get me wrong, you CAN set up a worm bin the the very same day the worms arrive, do little in the way of optimization…and still do just fine.

It’s just that if the environment seems too “foreign” to the worms, they will likely be a LOT more restless. They may even try to escape from the system en masse.

Aging a system with food wastes ahead of time at least allows for the development of a decent microbial community, and also (thanks to that microbial community) helps to make the food more “worm-friendly”. But if we don’t have the option of waiting for the microbes to reach an ideal level, the next best option (or in some cases, an even better option) is to add beneficial microbes to the system.

This brings us back to the topic of (more…)

Written by Bentley on February 23rd, 2015 with no comments.
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Tiny Tub Challenge – 2-17-15

I checked on my TTTWC bins this morning. It’s been a little longer than I’d hoped since my last observation. “Thankfully”, things have been going fairly slowly – likely due to the ~ 64 F (< ~ 18 C) temps in my basement. So it doesn't look like I've missed out on too much.

That said, I'm happy to report that one of my bins now has (more…)

Written by Bentley on February 17th, 2015 with 12 comments.
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