CONCLUSIVE PROOF, WORMS SURVIVE WINTER IN WINNIPEG

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Surviving worm and egg from our outdoor compost.

 

CONCLUSIVE PROOF WORMS SURVIVE WINTER IN WINNIPEG

The Pumpkin Bomb worked!

 In case you’re unfamiliar with this experiment, we buried our Jack’o’lantern in the dog waste and grass clipping compost at the beginning of November. We had hoped this would provide our worms with enough compost heat and food to make it through the winter. Against all odds the little wrigglers made it!

 

Adult worm in compost.

 

We are delighted to report our findings. The pumpkin had not fully composted, about ¼ was left. Directly under and around the remains we found living adult worms and eggs.

 

Composting pumpkin.

 

It’s a matter of some contention here in River City, one group has always contended that with a large enough compost worms would over-winter, while others have not had such luck. As you can see from the photos, this compost is not particularly massive especially when compared to the huge piles at our outdoor facility. Another important point is that this pile is right on the ground with no “bottom” so to speak.

 

undisturbed compost.

 

We would like to hear from you on this topic, has anyone else had worms survive outside through the winter in Winnipeg and surrounding areas?

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