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 nearly 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!

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Can Vermicomposting Reduce Air Quality?

From Dee:

I vermicompost within a 500 square ft apartment and have been considering adding another bin. I often wonder if indoor vermicomposting has an impact on indoor air quality. After all it relies on decomposition and molds to break down food… I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this… Thanks!


Hi Dee,

This is a very interesting question, and – like my responses to so many other questions relating to this quirky field of endeavor, I have to say…it depends!

Firstly, I will say that (in my humble opinion) a well-managed worm bin – or even multiple systems – shouldn’t create any air quality issues at all! If you consider the sort of decomposition processes that take place in say a forest, for example – there’s virtually no way that would ever be a hazard (unless you have some sort of allergy, which we will come back to in a minute). If anything, that sort of earthy-smelling decomposition would likely be good for you!

So what does “well-managed” mean?

In basic terms, you should have a system containing (more…)

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Comfrey as Sole Food Source for Worms

If you’ve followed the blog for a number of years, you’ve likely seen some mentions of my favorite plant for vermicomposting – comfrey!

Not sure comfrey would be considered a weed – but it sure grows like one, sprouting up easily from even the tiniest little root fragment (funny irony is that it took me forever to get it established via seeds originally).

What I love about it – in comparison to most of the more typical weeds – is the abundance of lush foliage. A perfect “green manure” for any composting system – including one with worms!

I use comfrey a lot as a sort of “slow food” in my (more…)

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Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 5-01-19

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Measuring the Benefits of Castings & Leachate on Plant Growth
Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 4-10-19
Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 4-11-19


Hello everyone,

Here is an update regarding the “Benefits of Castings & Leachate” experiment. And it has been a rough ride so far. At the start of the experiment it was still relative cold, with some freezing conditions in the night, and I decided to keep the experiment in a small cabin at the edge of a forest that borders my garden. A few days into the experiment the weather conditions changed a lot. We experienced (more…)

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2 Euro Challenge – 4-29-19

NOTE: This post was started on April 29th but I didn’t manage to get it posted until May 1st

Crazy to think that it’s been nearly 3 MONTHS since my last “2 Euro Challenge” update, and more than 4 months since it got started (today is technically “Day 114”, but my fun projects – or at least the updates – tend to fall by the wayside a bit once the spring rush hits.

When I last checked on the situation (Day 34 – Feb 8th), I reported finding – aside from the two original adults – 26 cocoons and one tiny hatchling. Things have definitely continued to progress from there, that’s for sure – but we’ll come back to that in a minute.

Removing the plastic bag cover from my small bucket (last time I wrote about moving the worms from a yogurt container to a 1 gal pail), it was clear that the (more…)

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Curtis Windsor’s Trench Vermicomposting Project

I first “met” Curtis Windsor via his involvement in the new (as I type this) VermiGardening Facebook group.

Not long ago I came across a post he had put up about a pretty serious vermicomposting trench project he had launched.

Based on the description and the images shared, I was totally intrigued and I approached Curtis about the possibility of us putting something together for the blog. Thankfully, he was very enthusiastic about the idea, so here we are. 🙂

Below you will find a Q&A session Curtis and I had (in bits and pieces) via email, along with some (more…)

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Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 4-11-19

Previous Posts in Series
Measuring the Benefits of Castings & Leachate on Plant Growth
Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 4-10-19


Hello everyone,

The experiment has started! Today is day 0. This morning I prepared all my soils and put them in the pots. The initial plan was to have five soils and five pots of each with three seeds in each pot. But instead of assuming that I would have enough soil for everything, I should have measured it two weeks ago. In the end I had enough soil for 4 pots (and for the leachate part only 3 pots).

The good part is that we can (more…)

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Benefits of Castings & Leachate – 4-10-19

Previous Posts in Series
Measuring the Benefits of Castings & Leachate on Plant Growth


Hello everyone,

Myckel (from the Netherlands) here again. If you missed my first post you can read it by clicking the link above.

It’s been about two weeks since I prepared my soils. Now it’s time to continue with starting the experiment. That will be tomorrow, because I will be preparing my seeds first. Seeds will often be put into some water for a day, so that they already can take up the water they need for germination, and get the biochemical processes started in the seed. This often results in a more uniform germination.

The seeds that I will be sowing are (more…)

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