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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 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!

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Written by Bentley on March 11th, 2010 with comments disabled.
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The VermiBag Single-Compartment Flow-Through System

Back in April of this year I received an email from someone named Thomas Perkins, asking if I was interested in trying out his “VermiBag” worm composting system. Truth be told (no holds barred), I had already stumbled across his website a few months before that and had written the product off as a lame “Worm Inn knock-off” – partially because I was in the process of welcoming a “cool Worm Inn knock-off”, the Urban Worm Bag (sorry Steve – I couldn’t resist).

After all, there are only so many knock-offs you can welcome at one time!
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Hilarity aside, by the time April rolled around – and I had become an official UWB promoter – I was feeling even more conflicted about having any involvement with Mr. Perkins and his creation.

But, after giving it some more thought – and remembering my “unbiased education first” mission here – I decided it was only fair to at least look at the thing. lol
(I should point out that Tom also won me over with his friendly, mellow attitude in our email exchanges)

I did however make it clear that I wasn’t (more…)

Written by Bentley on August 15th, 2018 with no comments.
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The Insurance Bin – 6 Months Later

Back in April I first wrote about a very basic worm composting system I had set up at the end of January (2018) – something I called “The Insurance Bin“. The “in a nutshell” idea is that you can create these tiny, very basic set-ups quickly and easily, leave them in a climate-controlled location and basically forget about them for months on end.

No maintenance. No mess. No bugs. No chance of offending your housemates (as long as they don’t mistake the bin for a regular storage container – haha). Pretty well every possible reason people don’t want to keep a worm bin in their houses (other than “I just don’t like the IDEA of worms being inside my house” – lol) effectively rendered a non-issue.

And you end up with one or more “perfect” batches of (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 31st, 2018 with no comments.
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Urban Worm Bag – Day 131

It has been nearly two and a half months since my last Urban Worm Bag update.

This tends to be a time of year when projects fall of the rails a bit, and – although I had hoped this season to be different (but am now glad that’s not the case since it’s been a lot of fun) – that’s exactly what happened with my UWB follow-along.

Once my little “real world” worm business opens up for the season I often start taking over or harvesting active systems, exploiting them for my own business gains! Hahaha

Joking aside, in the past I have loved having Worm Inns for “back-up” and this year the UWB has taken on that role.

So what exactly does that mean?

It means I basically stopped adding food waste to it, and I started adding (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 17th, 2018 with 2 comments.
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Worms Beneficial for Gardening – True or False?

Question from Norm:

I have an organic garden, worms seem a little creepy. Someone told me great for gardening. ( true or false )

Hi Norm,
The super quick answer is “100% absolutely TRUE!”. Worms are great for gardening…but as you can likely guess, this is the type of question that requires a bit more of an in-depth answer.

There are different kinds of “worms” and different ways they can be beneficial. Right off the bat, let’s address the commonly-held misconception that you can just dump a bunch of earthworms (doesn’t matter what kind) into your garden soil and miraculously you are going to end up with incredible soil fertility.

Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way – it’s like putting the cart in front of the horse. I’m sure I am singing to the choir here (since you mentioned having an organic garden), but – for the benefit of others – you absolutely need to enrich your soil with lots of (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 15th, 2018 with no comments.
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Vermicomposting Weeds – Revisted…Again

It always seems to be at this time of year, when food waste supplies are getting used up very quickly, and an abundance of greenery is sprouting up in the gardens (much of it “planted” by Mother Nature – lol) that I tend to think a lot more about using weeds as worm food.

This is a topic I have written about multiple times on the blog (“Vermicomposting Weeds – Revisited” is a good one to refer to since it links to previous posts on the topic as well), but by golly it still feels like something I haven’t pursued to the extent it deserves!

I always have so many weeds, just begging to be picked (the spread of comfrey in my yard, alone, is very impressive – although my wife doesn’t seem quite as wowed as myself 😉 ) – so it’s nice to have even more of an “excuse” to put in weeding time on a more regular basis.

In the past I have tried different optimization strategies such as (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 11th, 2018 with no comments.
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Vermicomposting Tofu?

A question from Carol:

Found a couple packages of extra firm tofu in the back of the fridge. Figured it would be fine – if a tad too much moisture – but thinking if I crumble it up and add maybe a third or quarter of the block at a time it’d be OK. Anyone tried tofu? Seems the meatless protein would be dandy.

Hi Carol,

This is an interesting idea – but I would definitely have some cautions as well. Firstly, yes I would agree that a meatless protein would usually be better than adding meat to your worm bin (especially in the case of meats containing lots of salt etc). Meat often has more fat than meatless protein sources, so they can get really putrid during the breakdown process. In outdoor systems this can attract flies (producing maggots) and other unwanted critters.

That said, it is important to note that (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 8th, 2018 with no comments.
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Vermicomposting Planter – 7-02-18

Busy time of year, but I finally have a bit of down-time so I thought it might be good to get some updates posted – starting with one for the vermicomposting planter project.

I must say that it was so much nicer having the planter basically ready to go this year – all I had to do was add plants. That’s not to say I didn’t have a late start, but at least mid-June is a lot better than late-July! lol

So what am I growing, you ask?

Well, the only suggestion I received was to try (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 3rd, 2018 with 4 comments.
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