I recently received a cool (no pun intended – haha) e-mail from RWC reader, ‘Jess’. Here’s what she had to say (including some pics):
I thought I’d share how I’m keeping my (homemade) stacking worm bin warm in my garage (feel free to share). It was 40 degrees in the garage and when I first checked the temp in the bin – the top bin was 45 degrees (lots of new moist bedding) and the bin below it (mostly complete vermicompost) was 50 degrees.
I took an old heating pad and put it on the lid of the top bin, added some old rags and pillow cases, a large bag filled with water (one found in a large box-wine, LOL) to help insulate the heat from the heating pad, then I covered the whole thing with an old plastic table cloth. Within a couple of hours, the environment was up to a toasty 60 degrees!
Here is a follow-up, Jess sent a little later:
Just rechecked the bins…lower bin is 69 degrees, upper is 73 degrees…turned the heating pad down to medium…I feel like a worm bin rock star (still a newbie as I’ve only been at this for 7 months) LOL!
This is really cool (absolutely worthy of ‘RWC Winter Worm Bin Rockstar’ status! lol), and I appreciate Jess sharing her strategy with us!