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Winter care of compost bins

Depending on your climate, you may be able to keep a bin of red wiggler compost worms outdoors during the winter. My larger bins are kept outdoors here in Surrey, BC since we have mild coastal winters. However anything under

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Using dry leaves in a worm compost bin

Autumn leaves can be used with or in place of newspaper or cardboard bedding in your worm composting bin. They will be the carbon-rich brown component of the bin to balance out your green kitchen scraps. If you’re just starting

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Getting Worms

If you are new to worm composting, the main question you must have is where to get some of these special worms. The short simple answer is that you can order them from us. The longer answer begins with “they

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Worm composting in the classroom

Worm compost bins in the classroom are popular because not only are they fun, they compliment science curriculum and social responsibility goals.  Allowing students to dispose of their lunch scraps into a worm compost bin is a great goal. Here are a

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Summer is prime time for worm composting in Canada

Red wiggler worms thrive in warm temperatures and moist conditions! They reproduce most quickly and break down food scraps before you know it during summer. Keep your compost bin in the shade — it can quickly get too hot if

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Other bugs that may come to live in a compost bin

There are many other insects and bugs that coexist with red wiggler worms in a compost bin. Most are harmless, a few should be removed.  Sow bugs (gray isopods), springtails (tiny white collembola), mites, earwigs, beetles, and other species of

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City of Surrey Composting Resources and Programs

Currently, the city of Surrey “strongly supports backyard composting as a great way to divert some organic wastes generated at home”, according to the city website. The City promotes composting through the sale of backyard composters called Earth Machines to

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FAQ about placing a worm compost bin outdoors

Question: “I am a Surrey resident. If I only use uncooked fruit and vegetable waste, do I need to be concerned about attracting rats? Also, can this composter be placed outside all winter or is that too cold for the

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Vermicomposting campus food residues in a Passive Solar Greenhouse in a cold climate

Speaker: Dr. John Biernbaum, Michigan State University Dept. of Horticulture where they have a year-round student run organic farm and CSA. Here are my notes from his talk: At Michigan State University they are trying to grow local and have

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Day 2 of NCSU Vermiculture Conference. Topic: Raising and Selling Worms, Castings, Compost Mixes and Soil Amendments

Speaker: John Stewart, The Worm Farm Started in 1994 and now sells over 100 different products. Originally a chicken ranch, then started making compost. Talk started with a joke: What’s the best advice to give to a worm? Get up

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Produce Distributor Vermicomposts Produce Scraps in Hand-built Bins

Speaker: Roger Grosswald, Re-Organics, Sustainable FoodCycling with Foster-Caviness Here are my notes on the talk: Re-Organics is a composting company that handles freight waste from produce industry freight-waste. They compost produce for nitrogen and food grade cardboard for carbon. They

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference Topic: Earthworm Biology and Environmental Parameters of Importance

Speaker: Dr. John Biernbaum, Michigan State University Dept. of Horticulture where they have a year-round student run organic farm and CSA. Here are notes of things that I learned and took away: John’s done specific work on worm composting in

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference 2013: Live Blog!

Tomorrow Susan will be representing Red Wiggler Supply at the annual conference on the latest in vermiculture (worm composting) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Description: “A conference about earthworm farming and commercial vermicomposting taught by industry

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Setting up a worm composting habitat in an aquarium?

Question: I have an aquarium I’d like to use for a worm composting project in my classroom. Will this work and do you have any tips? Great question. I’m not sure worm composting is the right project for an aquarium.

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Best way to collect worm compost out of a simple box or rubber worm bin

Have a basic one layer box for a worm bin? There is an easy way to collect the compost — it just takes a bit of patience! You don’t even have to handle the worms (unless you want to of

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