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Other sources of composting worms

Good news: worm composting is becoming increasingly popular! The bad news is that we can’t always keep red wiggler worms in stock. Other suppliers include: Wormworx http://wormworx.ca/worm-products/worms/ Address: 2333 Ontario St, Vancouver Phone / Text: 778.321.0111 Email: bottleguys@gmail.com All Things

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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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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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Tomato seed germination and planting experiment using vermicompost

This past fall I heard a talk about improved germination of seeds when they’re soaked in an extract or “tea” made of worm castings (notes on the talk are here). I tried my own experiment which I posted recently. The

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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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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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Worm compost planting experiment

Inspired by studies showing the benefit of soaking seeds in a worm compost mixture, I decided to try my own experiment. Being early November, I decided to try red wiggler compost on my cover crop, fava beans. Here was what

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2013 NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Bring Life Back to the Soil: Vermicompost Tea Application

Final speaker of the conference: Dane Terrill, Flowerfield Enterprises. Here are my notes on the topic as added to this live blog of the weekend: Flowerfield Enterprises history, was overviewed (it was the late Mary Appelhof’s company — Mary was

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic – Evaluating Compost Extract Applications: Reflections from Laguna Blanca, Argentina

Speaker: Eric Carr, Rodale Institute. To start he thanked people from Laguna Blanca, Rodale Institute, and his family. In this presentation he will talk about evaluating compost materials on a large scale. Here are my notes: At the beginning of

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NCSU Vermiculture Conference topic: Pre-composting: 9.5 out of 10 Worms Recommend It

Speaker: Dr. Rob Rynk, State University of New York. Here are my notes: Precomposting food before feeding it to worms is often done with force-aerated composted bins. This has also been done for years in the mushroom growing industry. Reasons

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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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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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Favorite foods of red wiggler worms

By observing your bin, you’ll see which foods they prefer over time. Here are some favorites: Squash and pumpkin Melon rinds and pulp Avocado skins Banana Peels Mango Foods they don’t like so much are: raw potato peels onions and

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