Worms – The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

Merry Christmas From Bentley and the Worms


Recently, while transferring material from my outdoor worm bin to various indoor beds, I was astounded by the numbers of Red Worms I was finding. For some strange reason, the line “worms – the gift that keeps on giving” suddenly popped into my head.

Corny, I know – but it’s so true when you think about it! These little magical, waste eating machines never cease to amaze me. If you provide them with their basic needs, they will not only convert your wastes into the most amazing compost on earth, but they will also grow in number by leaps and bounds!

Anyway, with the Christmas season fast approaching, I thought it might be a good time to hold a small sale for those of you thinking about getting into vermicomposting (or adding to your existing stock), or perhaps looking for a very unique gift for someone else. If you order 1, 2, 3 or 5 lb of Red Worms between now and December 6th, you can take advantage of a reduction in shipping costs.

For 3 and 5 lb orders I will actually pay YOU for shipping!

Check it out >>HERE<< **IMPORTANT UPDATE**
In order to receive worms in 2008, you will need to order by 3 pm EST on December 6th. There will be no shipments for the rest of December. Worms will start shipping again on January 4th, so you are welcome to place orders for that week any time before then.

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  1. Hi Bentley, liked the winter bin preparation you talked about and showed. Great information on your site! and hope continue success with your site!

    • Skip in KC
    • November 25, 2008


    I am wanting to set up a bin after we move, and wondered about using shreadded office type paper to make beds. Some of the pages are printed on inkjet printers and should probably be ok, but what about the ones printer on laser printers? How about copy machines? Is the toner harmful to the wiggley guys?

    I have read most everything on your blog so far, but no asnsers. Toner has been mentioned, but don’t know if it will be an issue. I suppose it could be tried on a few worms and see how they like it.

    What about running cardboard through a shreadder? Would that work for bedding?

    I have learned much and appreciate your efforts to train the masses. It is very helpful, and while some like myself don’t post comments, the blog gets read over and over.

    Thanks in advance, and I will buy my starter worms from you when I set up my bin! The goal is to do worms, BSF’s, talapia, and chickens in a permaculture setup wasting nothing. I really appreciated the guy you had post on the BSF’s and it has changed my direction somewhat.

    Skip in KC

    • Bentley
    • November 27, 2008

    Robert – lots more to come on the ‘winter bin preparation’ front. Thanks for the kind words.

    Skip – I tend to stay away from bleached office paper as a bedding material. Using it in moderation is fine, and you could probably get away with using it as a sole bedding if you really wanted to – but it does contain some chemicals – some not so great for the worms; some not so great for the environment (eg dioxins).

    The reason I haven’t written all that much about inks is due to the fact that there just doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer out there (likely because different inks have different chemicals). I’ve read that coloured inks can contain heavy metals so I tend to stay away from them – especially glossy stuff

    Shredded cardboard is an awesome bedding – whether or not your shredder can handle it, I’m not sure. Let me know if you find a shredder that handles cardboard as well – I would love to have something like that.

    Your permaculture set-up sounds awesome – do keep me posted on that!

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