Adding a Worm Blanket to Your Vermicomposting Bin

Whether your vermicomposting bin is situated indoors or outdoors, you should consider adding a worm blanket. Even though most bins are already equipped with a lid, a worm blanket comes in handy. It helps maintain moisture, protects your worms from the elements, and keeps the bin dark. This article will help clarify any questions you may have about coverings. What is the Purpose of the Lid on a Vermicomposting Bin? Whether your vermicomposting bin is indoors or outdoors, you usually need a lid. Lids for indoor bins serve many functions: Isolate odors from within Deter insects such as fruit flies Discourages dogs from foraging in the bin Retains moisture Helps regulate the internal bin and bedding temperature Keeps the worm bin dark, which is the way worms like it

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What is Hot Composting Versus Vermicomposting

Many vermicomposting enthusiasts know about a technique to break down organic waste to produce fertilizer without using worms: hot composting. Although both produce organic fertilizer, there are many differences. The type of bin, location of the bin, setup, and day-to-day feedings are not the same. Also, the resulting organic fertilizer from worms is different than from hot composting. First, let’s explore hot composting, especially for those individuals unfamiliar with this method.

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Top Five Best Foods for Composting Worms

Vermicomposting enthusiasts agree overall on what to feed their worms. In this article, we add our subjective twist as to the top five best foods to make your worms thrive. You want to keep your worms happy and healthy so they can produce lots of natural, organic fertilizer. People who cultivate lawns, shrubs, and flowers love the “black gold” fertilizer from vermicomposting. Before we list the top five best foods, we need to list the WORST foods.

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How to Prepare Your Outdoor Vermicomposting Bin for the Colder Weather

Now that the summer season is coming to a close, it’s time to prepare your outdoor vermicomposting bin for fall and winter. Despite the cold weather, you can continue composting and accumulating free natural organic fertilizer. Do you live in a warmer environment? If the temperature rarely drops below 57°F, your composting worms will slow down in wintertime, but they are not likely to die. For those who live in a colder climate, your worms will probably die should you not take the following preventive actions: The Easiest Solution – Bring a Vermicomposting Bin Indoors The best way to protect your worms from the ravages of freezing winter temperatures is to move them indoors. We offer several tray-based composters for both indoor and outdoor composting. Place the bin in a heated garage or basement so your worms can survive the cold. You can also put it in the kitchen or in a closet. In this way, the bin is close enough to add your food scraps rather than going outside in inclement weather. Don’t worry about flies, pests, odor, and mold. This only occurs should you not take care of your worms. Click to read articles about indoor vermicomposting bins.

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Grow Your Own Live Worms for Fishing Bait

Are you a live worm fishing enthusiast and want to raise your own bait? You can easily grow fishing worms at home. In fact, you can solve another problem at the same time: household trash odor. Fishing worms can eat your kitchen scraps. No more holding your nose on trash day! Composting worms are easy to set up and maintain. A worm bin offers a ready supply of juicy, fresh worms. They renew themselves, so you don’t have to run to the bait shop anymore. Save money, save time, and save trash hassles!

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How to Keep Your Composting Worms Cool in the Hot Summer

In the hot summer weather, your composting worms are at risk of getting overheated and dried out. They may even die. That’s because worms are unable to sweat. Outdoors in nature, worms beat the heat by burrowing deep into the soil. But your composting worms don’t have that option. They live in an artificial environment, the composting bin. As a master of their universe, you must ensure they stay healthy. This article is a guide as to how to prevent your worms from suffering in the summer heat.

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What To Do with Your Composting Worms While on Vacation

You just booked your hotel and flight for a long-anticipated vacation. Suddenly, the thought hits: “What should I do about my composting worms during my vacation?” You never left them alone for that long. Don’t worry. This article will guide you on how to prepare your vermicomposting worms while you’re out of town. Getting Your Composting Worms Ready We suggest you start a feeding schedule log for at least a week. You need to know how often you feed your worms and the amount of food that you add to the bin. You can either weigh the food or measure its volume in cups. Write down the information so that you can refer to it later. This brings up another question, perhaps one you never realized before: how do you know that your worms are fed the right amount? Check to see whether they have started breaking down the food you fed them the last time. That will give you an indication of your worms’ appetite and feeding amount. When they have started breaking down the last feeding, it’s time to feed them again. We recommend that you feed your worms approximately every two to three days. Each feeding should be completely broken down in about a week or so. How to Prepare Food for When You are Not Home Smaller pieces of food break down faster than larger ones. Too many large pieces of food in the bin could stink it up, introduce flies, and may even get your …

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Why Tray-Based Composters are Best for Worm Castings

Why do people use specialized tray-based composters for composting with worms? Why not just use a regular, deep composting bin from the hardware store? Many vermicomposting projects are for small-scale households. They want to turn their kitchen scraps into free fertilizer: worm castings, also called “black gold.” Black gold that nourishes plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, and lawns. Composting scraps reduces waste volume and odors in the household. A busy household looks for convenience and cleanliness. Tray-based composting bins foot the bill!

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Vermicomposting for the Avid Beginner

What is vermicomposting? “Vermi-” means “relating to worms.” Therefore, vermicomposting means composting with worms. It’s the art of feeding worms your food scraps. The worms turn your trash into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer. This fertilizer is also known as humus, worm castings, worm manure, or worm feces. The resulting fertilizer is perfect for gardens, lawns, and potted plants. How to start vermicomposting? This article addresses several basic materials you will need and where to get the worms. You will be using Red Worms if you want the most efficient composters. Or you can use Super Reds (European Night Crawlers) if you also want them for fishing bait. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has all the knowledge you will need to succeed at vermicomposting. Let’s Start With the Composting Bin The best bin for vermicomposting uses trays. Tray-based composting bins are easy to maintain and harvest. You will not have to do any heavy lifting, and harvesting the fertilizer is a snap. Check out Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm’s selections of tray-based composting bins. Each comes with instructions, and some include the worms.

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The Life Cycle of Vermicomposting Red Worms

Vermicomposting worms follow a similar life cycle pattern as humans: birth, growth, procreation, and death. In this article, we examine the life cycle of the popular earthworm: Red Wigglers, the Kings of Vermicomposting. These worms are distinctly different from humans when it comes to reproduction. For example, there are no “boy” red worms or “girl” red worms. We find worms fascinating and are grateful for the rich organic fertilizer that they produce from our table scraps. Red Wigglers’ Reproductive Organs Worms possess both male and female reproductive sex organs. These organs are contained in a bulbous gland called a clitellum. The clitellum is located outside the worm’s body. Although difficult for us to see, it resembles a ring. When the worm is fertile, the clitellum advertises to potential mates. That’s because it becomes visible and turns orange, a signal that all’s clear for making babies. Even though Red Worms are hermaphrodites, they do require another partner to exchange genetic material. In other words, they can’t do it alone. Reproduction the Red Wigglers Way Red Worms typically prefer to reproduce in warmer temperatures. They line up side-by-side. The clitellum of each worm secretes mucus and albumin. The worms exchange sperm. When the exchange of genetic material is complete, they separate. The act of separating causes the sperm to mix with eggs, fertilizing them. Then, the worm wiggles out of its clitellum. This forms a cocoon to safely host the fertilized eggs. As the cocoon is deposited on the ground, it automatically …

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