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Topic: Make Your Own Worm Hotel - Home Composting Tutorial!  (Read 22382 times)
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2005 11:54:10 PM »

we had worm compost when i was living in the yukon, and they definitely wouldn't have been happy outside! we kept ours in the basement where it was warm and pretty dark a lot of the time.

the smell wasn't bad, you don't notice it except when you're mixing it. and we were really careful to not put bitter or cirtusy stuff in it, so it stayed pretty healthy. and obviously, no meat or animal by products!

for more information, check out your city's recycling program. that's how we got set up in whitehorse, and i know that the recycling program in the city i grew up in did workshops on worm composting and stuff like that as well. it seems pretty common, though i have noticed that recycling doesn't seem as popular in the US, so maybe you won't be as lucky.
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2005 05:46:39 PM »

One way to help them keep warm outside would be to dig a hole the size of your bin and sink the bin into the ground where the top was just above the ground surface. This is what a lot of people do with cold frames, because it is several degrees warmer underground than on the surface. I don't know if it would be warm enough in extreme cold, but it would help if you only have a mild winter.
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« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2005 04:46:06 AM »

Another tip for harvesting without having to manual-sort the worms out:
Get one of those plastic mesh bags that onions or oranges or such come in.
Put a piece of fruit in (worms like the sugary stuff - 1/2 a melon (or chunks) seems to be a favourite!
Then bury it in one corner. The wormies will all run/slither into the mesh for their treat and then you can just remove the mesh bag with the worms and get on with the harvest.

I don't have a bin right now, but I did when I lived in Vancouver, and I was able to keep them outdoors year-round. I just pushed the bin up against the sliding glass door (single paned - sigh) to keep them that much warmer.

There's some good info here: www.cityfarmer.org, and a Nat'l Geo story here:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0913_040913_wormcompost.html

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« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2005 11:05:27 AM »

this is awesome! i was just tinkering around with the idea of vermicomposting!  i have bunches of earthworms in my garden as is and plan to use those. thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2005 12:04:02 PM »

Someone jump in and correct me if I'm wrong...  but I don't think that earthworms are the best species for vermicomposting.

From what I've read, you should use red worms, not the ones from your garden.

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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2005 03:31:00 PM »

how funny. my boyfriend was just trying to convince me that composting with worms wouldn't stink up our apartment. i didn't believe him til i read your post. thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2005 08:41:48 PM »

Thats great THANKS!
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« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2006 05:30:13 AM »

heehee my family used to own a big worm farm.... our beds were actually brick, but they were also pretty permanently in the ground
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2006 03:31:10 PM »

Question, what happens in the winter? Do the worm hibernate or something?
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2006 06:12:57 AM »

You have to keep them above 40d or they die. You have to either heat the bin with a heating coil or keep it in a warmer place (inside?)
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