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 for more than 20 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!
Earlier in the fall I wrote about some experimental microgreens/baby-greens trays I had set up to test if worms have any sort of obvious impact on the growth of young plants when living in the root zone (jury is still out on that one – but I am continuing to experiment).
As some of you may recall, apart from healthy looking worms (not a single one missing) I also found quite a few cocoons in the worm treatment. So, I thought it would be interesting to continue “playing” with the leftover plants + substrate. I mixed in some shredded cardboard and water, covered everything with a plastic bag, then waited for what I expected would be the decomposition of the plant matter.
Back near the end of September I learned about someone who has been using composting worms in the grow trays for his microgreens and baby greens (and singing their praise in his YouTube videos).
This seemed really interesting and unusual to me, and of course resulted in me wanting to test it out for myself!
I set up two small trays to grow a mix of salad greens, and added 15 Red Worms to one of them. For all the nitty gritty start-up details be sure to check out my original blog post about this: “Worms in Microgreens Trays?“.
Germination and seedling growth in both trays seemed to proceed quite well, with no earth-shattering differences between the treatments. I also didn’t see any obvious (more…)
Recently, Shaul G posted in our Worm Farming Alliance discussion group about a YouTuber who calls himself “Papa Blue Shirt”. This gentleman is big into growing microgreens and baby greens…with a twist.
He adds composting worms to all his grow trays!
Naturally, this caught my attention and I decided I had better check out some of his videos.
Here is one that shows his basic process for setting up new trays with worms:
For a full list of all his worms + greens related videos I recommend checking out the Papa Blue Shirt Worms in Microgreens Playlist.
I myself have dabbled with microgreens in the past, and I’ve certainly had (more…)
Back at the end of October 2020 I came up with the kooky idea to start up what was easily my smallest worm bin ever – perhaps the smallest worm bin anyone has ever set up?
The container used was a tiny toy toolbox…on a keychain no less! (Shown in the photo below)
Yep, it was pretty small.
The goal (apart from being a goofball) was to see what effect very limited space had on Red Worm population growth. The system was set up like a miniature home worm bin and stocked with 5 cocoons.
When I checked up on things in December (Day 50) I was able to find (more…)
Back in early December of 2020 I set up a system intended to test the use of biodegradable fabric as “bedding” material for vermicomposting. Most of the material came from ripped up cotton-based clothing, but I also added some old karate belts that happened to be lying around. To help get things rolling, I started things off with some compostable food scraps, and stocked the bin with worm-rich material from another active system.
The images below shows how things looked on the day I got things rolling.
This bin was set up at my dad’s place (where I have done most of my indoor vermicomposting for the past couple of years), and kept down (more…)
For a number of years now I’ve been seeing a lot of positive feedback for a vermicomposting system known as the “Hungry Bin”. To be honest, I really didn’t see what all the fuss was about. It seemed incredibly expensive* and, in my humble opinion, looked more like a recycling bin than a highly-effective vermicomposting system – let alone a “continuous-flow” system!
Still, I “secretly” hoped that one day I would have an opportunity to test one of these things out, so I could at least base my (skeptical – haha) opinions on some real world experience!
Thankfully that opportunity arrived, due to my involvement in (more…)
E-mail from Shelly:
Help! I may have just poisoned my whole garden and I’m panicking. I noticed too late – after feeding all my leafy greens – that my worm tea stinks and these white wriggling things pour out of the spigot – I have a video i can send through. it looks like larvae or something . I also watered my lemon tree with it.
I just fed my garden with this gross mess – what I now read is leachate rather than worm tea. I watered the garden with it before noticing how gross the leachate/tea was, and I hope I haven’t introduced something terrible. What should I do? Should I avoid eating this crop? Can I treat this somehow?
This is definitely an important/interesting topic that inspires a LOT of debate – so thanks for writing in! On one side you have people who (more…)