Eliminate Odors From Composting With Worms Indoors

With it being Winter, many vermicomposters have moved their bins indoors to keep their red wigglers happy and productive. As you probably already know, worms start losing productivity when temperatures drop below 55‘F, so it’s important to keep them out of frigid temperatures so that you can reap as much “Black Gold” as possible for your indoor and outdoor plants. This is also the time of year when vermicomposters are stocking up on compost so that come Spring time, it can be worked into garden soil, flower beds and beneath fruit trees. But with indoor composting with worms comes an issue that some vermicomposters like you and I face – the smell. Good maintenance will usually result in an odor-free composting environment, whereas casualness often results in an unproductive, stinky composting environment. And when you’re vermicomposting in your kitchen or another indoor area, this can be a headache for some. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent a stinky composting bin, and Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm is here to make sure you enjoy your experience composting with worms during the Winter, and we also want to help you get as much compost out of your worms as possible for the upcoming year! How To Prevent A Stinky Composting Bin A properly balanced composting bin, yes even with the worms in it, should have a good, earthy smell. It shouldn’t smell much different than rich garden soil. You might think that worm castings (aka “black gold”) might …

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Christmas Dinner Food Scraps Worms Will Love

People all over the globe will be celebrating Christmas soon, which means that friends and families will be getting together for a delicious Christmas feast. Anyone who raises worms for the purpose of composting knows that holiday feasts give you a lot of leftover food scraps for your worms! Typically, fruits and vegetables tend to make their way into holiday feasts, which is perfect since worms love organic food scraps. As long as you’re not feeding them the really citrusy fruits like lemons and limes, your worms will devour them right up. Banana peels, pineapple and melon rinds, cabbage and avocado peels are some of the more typical kind of organic food waste that these red wigglers really rave over. What kind of organic food scraps are unique to Christmas and New Years? Traditional Christmas Food Scraps Christmas and New Year’s bring with it a multitude of traditions and “rituals” so to speak that involve food. Many cultures across the globe make it a point to eat specific meats, fruits and vegetables because they are believed to bring them good fortune for the upcoming year! While our red wigglers don’t like meat, or anything fatty and greasy for that matter, they do like many of the other traditional foods. We’ve listed some of them below so that you can keep an eye out for your worms. Cabbage Scraps Eating cabbage, kale or collard greens have all traditionally been associated with good fortune because they’re green like money. In Germany, sauerkraut …

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Christmas Gift – Worm Composting Kit

This holiday season, do something out of the ordinary and give the gift of worms! Does that sound appealing or what? How about black gold, have you ever heard of that? Hmm, sounds a bit more enticing, doesn’t it? Black gold is what we call worm castings, the best compost on the planet. And you can farm your very own with one of our pre-packaged composting kits that are put together by the vermicomposting experts! For the adventurous thrill-seekers, organic lovers or DIY enthusiasts, Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm offers an assortment of vermicomposting kits that will fit your own preferences and budget. Look no further, check out a few of our offerings! Worm Hobby Kit If you’re looking for a hobby, a science project, instructional activity, or if you’re interested in vermicomposting but would like to just get your feet wet first, so to speak, this kit is ideal for you! It comes fully loaded with 500 red wiggler worms, bedding, Uncle Jim’s specialized worm feed, an absorbent piece of burlap and a specially fitted container that’s perfect for the task. Give it a go! Worm Farm Kit If you’re looking for something bigger than a hobby and would like to get set up with everything you need to start worm composting with just one click of the mouse, then this kit has your name on it! It comes with double the worms as the hobby kit, double the bedding, double the feed! If you’re ready to take on a fun little …

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Raising Worms During The Winter

With dropping temperatures comes some important changes in how you raise and take care of your composting worms. Winter can be a challenging time of year for the vermicomposter, and having a few strategies in place before the freezing temperatures arrive will save you some hassle. I have two strategies for you, and it’s a guaranteed “one-two” knock out punch on old Jack Frost. General Advice For Winter Keep Them Warm Worms are kind of like people in that they like to stay comfortable. This means that they need to be brought in from outside so that they can enjoy the warmer temperatures indoors. This not only keeps them alive, but helps them thrive in an ideal environment. Worms are most productive between 55-77’F. Garages, basements, heated storage sheds, shops, cellars and even your own kitchen are perfectly acceptable places to raise or maintain a worm farm during the Winter. If worms get too cold, they may try to escape and wind up dead on the floor. This only leaves you with a mess to clean up and starting back from scratch.  Not to mention it will stink up your place. One thing you can do to prevent worms from getting too cold is putting a heat light above the vermicomposting system. These lights are easy to come by and do a fantastic job, especially if you keep your worm system in a barn, shed or cellar. Another thing to watch out for is oxygen flow. Worms need air, and …

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