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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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Worm Inn Q&A

I’ve received a LOT of great questions about Worm Inns over the years – yet strangely, I’ve never created any sort of FAQ page…not until now that is!

This will definitely be a “work-in-progress”. I’m sure I will think of other questions – and I strongly encourage you to submit any additional questions you have as well (simply email me with the subject line “Worm Inn Question(s)”).

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Written by Bentley on October 22nd, 2014 with 3 comments.
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Worm Inn Mega – 10-21-14

I wanted to show everyone how everything has settled down in my Worm Inn Mega since my recent harvesting session and (knowing a photo wouldn’t do it justice) decided to shoot a video. The timing of this video was quite good actually, since it allowed me to demonstrate my handy dandy method for getting rid of flying pests inside a Worm Inn.

As I explain in the video, one of the “negatives” of using manures in indoor systems is that you can end up with (more…)

Written by Bentley on October 21st, 2014 with no comments.
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Old Grass Clippings & Thatch as Worm Food

Right next to my son’s daycare center there is a lawn bowling club. For quite a few months there has been a big heap of old grass clippings and thatch sitting up against the fence in one corner. It has been rare for me to walk past and NOT think about how that would serve as a great worm food or “living material”. (You know you’re a “Worm-Head” when…lol)

This morning I happened to notice my friend Theo – who volunteers at the club – milling about, so I asked if they had any plans for the material (letting him know I’d be more than happy to take it off their hands). Not only did he say I was more than welcome to it, but he even offered to load it into his trailer and then drop it off at my house.

Sweet!

So now I have what looks to be more than 1 cubic yard of the stuff sitting on my driveway. The material will be great for covering my outdoor beds – but I also want to test it out in my Mega. My hunch is that the worms will go gaga for it once it’s sufficiently moistened.

Stay tuned!
:cool:

Written by Bentley on October 20th, 2014 with 1 comment.
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Ria’s Mighty Mega Sale

Last night I was chatting – via the RWC Facebook Group – with Larry Shier and Ria Tjiong (who recently inspired me to start up an experimental bucket vermicomposting system).

Long story short, Ria expressed her interest in the Worm Inn Mega, and suggested that I hold a “Boxing Day Sale” so she could buy one then.

“Good idea”, I thought (and wrote in response). But I figured there was no need to wait THAT long!
;-)


My “Mighty” adjective may be marginally misleading (I’m a sucker for alliteration – what can I say? lol)…BUT, if you HAVE been thinking about purchasing a Mega, for the next 7 days you can do so and enjoy a $20 discount when you use the coupon code “RIA-MEGA” (no quotes) on the checkout page.

Here’s a link in case you need it: The Worm Inn – Continuous Flow Vermicomposting System


Thanks, Ria! And thanks in advance to those of you who decide to grabba Mega!

P.S. Don’t forget the use the coupon code – and remember this all ends next Friday!

Written by Bentley on October 17th, 2014 with 9 comments.
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The Mystery Mega Man


Two Megas, one “regular” Worm Inn, LOTS of other systems – believe it or not, our “Mystery Man” still has 3 MORE Megas yet to set up!


Back at the end of August, someone got in touch with me (via my Canadian business) asking if I could sell him 4 Worm Inn Megas. Needless to say, this made me sit up and take notice pretty quickly!

It’s not every day someone is THAT serious about vermicomposting (and yes, it makes my life easier when revenue is a ‘flowin’! lol)!

What hilarious is that I failed to put two and two together…failed to realize that he was the same person who had ordered a Mega from me already (via Red Worm Composting – he lived close to the border and just picked it up in the States)! He was happy to clue me in, and – upon request – to share some information about WHAT ON EARTH HE WAS DOING!
:lol:

He even said “yes”, when I begged him to (more…)

Written by Bentley on October 17th, 2014 with 5 comments.
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1000+ Facebook Group Members!

Yesterday was a momentous occasion! The Red Worm Composting Facebook Group hit the 1000 member mark! Whoohoo!

I’ve been blown away, not only by how quickly the group has grown, but also by the level and quality of interactions! Lots of great vermicomposting information being shared.

A big thanks goes to my new friend, and moderator, Larry Shier – he’s played an important role in helping people who have questions, stimulating discussions in general, and even in recruiting new members (he is a moderator for another vermicomposting group – and just generally has plenty of worm-minded friends).

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the group. One of my goals was to surpass the number of “fans” we have for the Fanpage. If we keep growing at the rate we have been, I can definitely see that happening a LOT sooner than I imagined!
:cool:


If you are not yet a member, be sure to join the RWC Facebook group today!

Written by Bentley on October 17th, 2014 with no comments.
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Worm Inn Mega – 10-16-14

Things have continued to hum along with my Worm Inn Mega system.

It’s been up and running for just over 3 months now, so I decided to crunch some numbers and see where we stand overall.

Total food* added – 104.2 lb
Total # of feedings – 14
Smallest feeding – 3.36 lb
Largest feeding – 10.09 lb
Average feeding – 7.44 lb

*There is usually some “bedding” material that is mixed in with the food. BUT – I didn’t consider the weight/volume of any of the bulk bedding OR “living material” (aged manure) that has been added – this is quite a significant proportion of the total material added!

All in all, I am happy with the progress, but I’d really like to start (more…)

Written by Bentley on October 16th, 2014 with 5 comments.
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