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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!


Written by Bentley on March 11th, 2010 with comments disabled.
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Super Simple Vermicomposting Planter – 8-17-17

It has been almost a month since my last vermicomposting planter update, so I figured it was probably time to let you know how things are coming along with my “super simple” system.

Not too surprisingly, it has been a “slowly-but-surely” process so far, both in terms of getting the system set up and as far as plant growth goes. If at all possible, I recommend getting the planter set up early in the season, well in advance of actually planting anything. This way there will be a lot more “good stuff” already available to the plants. The cooler temps early on should also help to boost worm activity higher up in the system as well.

That being said, I am actually very happy with the progress that’s been made.

The plants have in fact grown quite a lot, and my pumpkin has (more…)

Written by Bentley on August 17th, 2017 with no comments.
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Bentley’s SUPER-Simple Vermicomposting Planter

A little while ago I wrote a couple of blog posts about the “Vermicomposting Planter Project” Brian Donaldson and I have been putting together. Originally, we came up with (what we feel is) a nice design that offers ample space both for planting AND for worm composting.

Brian went to work, quickly building our prototype – not to mention creating spec/supply sheets plus 28 videos (all available for free via! I was super excited about the prospect of building my own…but then gradually, as I began going through the plans, figuring out what supplies I needed etc, I started to get cold feet.

I am NOT a skilled DIYer (even though I have gotten better over the years), and I was very concerned that my planter might never get finished if I attempted to build it based on the original design. So I decided to come up with a much more basic (more…)

Written by Bentley on July 20th, 2017 with 1 comment.
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Vermicomposting Planter Update

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new “Vermicomposting Planter” project I am working on with my good friend Brian Donaldson, and shared a teaser pic to give you an idea of what the system was going to look like.

Well, as you can probably guess, Brian finished construction on his planter! And it looks fantastic.

I have included several pics below.


Front view of the Vermicomposting Planter


Written by Bentley on July 3rd, 2017 with 3 comments.
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Vermicomposting Planter

Teaser shot of the new vermicomposting planter design Brian and I came up with.

If you are on the RWC e-mail list, you will likely know that I have some fun vermi-gardening projects planned for this year. One such project involves the creation of a “vermicomposting planter” with the help of my good friend Brian Donaldson (one of the admins for the RWC Facebook Group).

I have certainly worked with various forms of integrated vermigardening systems (basically systems that combine vermicomposting with plant growing) – eg. vermicomposting trenches, various types of worm tower, vermi-mulch beds etc etc – but the planter idea is something I’ve really wanted to try for quite some time (and it’s likely been the building aspect that has held me back from actually moving ahead with it).

I really like the overall concept and simplicity of (more…)

Written by Bentley on June 14th, 2017 with 2 comments.
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Biggest Euro Competition Update

It’s been a little while since I first mentioned plans to have a Euro-growing competition with Larry Shier (after he challenged me), so some of you may be wondering what is going on with that.

What’s funny is that for all the excitement and smack talk, neither Larry nor myself were actually ready to kick off the challenge! lol

Yes we both have Euros, but they’ve been neglected a bit – and there are Reds mixed in with them – so we had to make absolutely sure we were starting with the correct worms (Euros tend to look at lot more like Reds when they are neglected). ;-)

[UPDATE: Larry doesn’t actually have Reds mixed in. He had them in a “Paley System“, so they were very small, and their maturity difficult to assess.]

I decided to add (more…)

Written by Bentley on June 5th, 2017 with no comments.
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The Biggest Euro Competition


Some time ago my good friend (and RWC Facebook group admin) Larry Shier got it into his head that he wanted to challenge me to a Euro growing competition. We started chatting about it back and forth (including some friendly smack talk), and the idea gained more and more momentum.

On Mother’s Day Larry finally laid down the gauntlet, issuing an official challenge on his blog entitled “IT’S ON!!”

He included the image below, which totally cracked me up (more…)

Written by Bentley on May 18th, 2017 with 2 comments.
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Horse Manure For High-Yield Vermicomposting

Interesting email from Andreas:

Hi Bentley
Big fan. Love the info!
I have chickens and i want to try breeding a motherload of worms to feed Them. I have a Big pile of horse manure and Wood shavings that is fairly Brown and Well aged. Do you Think it would work to seed the pile With worms in spring, let Them breed and Chow all summer, and then feed the chickens With a shovel full a Day of compost and Worms in the Fall? My question is basically: Will the Worms breed a lot in just aged manure and shavings, or do They need other Stuff AS Well to be really harpy?

Thanks in advance Andreas

Hi Andreas,

Thanks for the kind words!
You are in luck! Aged horse manure can be a fantastic material for breeding a “motherload” of Red Worms. To this day, likely the most amazing Red Worm “systems” (if you can call them that) I have seen have simply been old horse manure piles sitting outdoors, exposed to the elements.

The habitat manure should be somewhat “earthy” in smell (NO strong manure/ammonia smell) – but still have some food value (should not just look like soil/compost). Fresher material can be layered on top, or continually added to one side of the initial heap – creating what is known as a “wedge system” or “walking windrow”.

When you first set up the bed, make sure to (more…)

Written by Bentley on March 2nd, 2017 with 6 comments.
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