Winter is just around the corner and it’s time to get those red wigglers in a safe place! Red wigglers don’t like to be left out in sub-freezing temperatures. Your worms will be much more productive if they are comfortable!
Part of the beauty of vermicomposting is that you can compost both outdoors and indoors. Don’t let the thought of worms in your house gross you out. There is a sanitary way to do it and you don’t need a lot of room! Even if you are crammed in the smallest of apartments, you can still compost with worms! If you are on a tight budget, you can still make a vermiculture system that works for you. You can make a quick, easy and cheap vermiculture system that works for both houses and apartments. Or you can do it the easy way and order one of our affordable, high quality indoor systems!
Indoor Worm Composting
Red worms like to be kept cool and moist. You have to remember that their natural living habitat is underground. Storing your composting system in a cool, dark place is exactly what they like. Just don’t let the temperatures reach frigid cold or freezing temperatures. For many people, under the kitchen sink, in the garage or in a tidy kitchen corner works great.
It all starts with proper management. Undertaking a vermiculture system inside your house is an easy task, but it is nonetheless a commitment.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like owning a dog or a cat, in fact you can go days at a time without even thinking about your composting system and still be just fine. And unlike typical house pets, worm poop “castings” is where the gold is! Worm castings don’t smell bad at all. In fact they smell good and earthy. It’s the best kind of fertilizer out there for indoor and outdoor plants. You can pick up a handful with your bare hands and smell it yourself. It’s a rich earthy smell that will have you looking forward to Spring for months!
So what does an indoor vermicomposting unit come down to? Having an odor-free, sanitary system just comes down to plain old maintenance. And you don’t even have to maintain it daily. It’s so easy. Keep your worms happy with proper bedding, keep them fed and don’t forget to collect castings every 6 weeks (sometimes longer).
The tasks of maintaining a tidy, sanitary indoor vermicomposting system are few and easy:
- Add bedding regularly, making your worms nice and comfortable. Bedding consists of watered down, shredded papers along with a handful of dirt.
- Give them organic kitchen scraps.
- Bury it under the bedding.
- Keep them cool, but avoid the freezing cold.
- Harvest the finished compost every 4 months
- Keep the area clean.
If your worm composting system isn’t well-maintained, then you may encounter unwanted odors and your system will be unproductive. So just follow those steps and keep your system tidy and you won’t have any problems continuing your vermiculture activities throughout the winter season!