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If you’re the kind of person who loves the idea of vermicomposting but can’t quite embrace the thought of keeping worms in your home, you are not alone.  Many avid gardeners who know the value of worm castings just don’t feel comfortable having an indoor worm bin.  Of course they can buy first class castings from us but, there’s no reason to miss out on creating your own vermicompost.  You can worm farm outside.  Red worms are really quite temperature tolerant, our facility is outdoors all year round.  Manitoba has some of the coldest winter weather in the world, the key for survival is size.  Because composting worms are leaf littler worms http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/07/17/leaf-litter-worms/ they lack the instinct to burrow under the frost line.  If left on their own they will die when frozen.  They do however posses the same sence of self-preservation that all living creatures depend on.  Red worms will try to flee a hostile environment.  If you have a large enough compost heap, (bins don’t seem to work for this) one that’s big enough not to freeze completely, you stand a fairly good chance of over wintering at least some of your colony. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2011/05/06/conclusive-proof-worms-survive-winter-in-winnipeg/   The best bet is to start in early spring to give your worms time to become established.  This is not a short-term plan so be prepared to wait a year or two before beginning to harvest your castings.

2 Responses to UNDER MY ROOF

  1. Herman says:

    I started a veporcmmiost bin a little ago. I don\’t know how many worms I have because I was given the worms by another veporcmmiost user. I\’m a newbie in this, so I didn\’t know I had to make a newspaper bedding for the worms, or even how much I should feed them. After realizing too late that I had overfed them (mold was beginning to grow on the food) I decided to take all the moldy food out as much as I can. My brother suggested dumping a lot of soil over them to re-create\’ their environment (I\’m using red-wigglers btw) and perhaps make all the fruit flies go away (yes there were lots of them).My question is, is it ok to dump soil over the food instead of making a newspaper bedding? (It is my understanding that the food goes under the bedding). The soil I dumped over the worms had nutrients/fertilizers cuz I was coincidentally transplanting a tomato plant to a bigger pot and decided to get nutrient-rich soil.Somehow I fear for those worms\’ lives. Any help would be appreciated. Any tips on how to care for them? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Herman, forgive this late reply to your question. I’m afraid you were in the spam folder. You can put soil on top of your bedding, but it would be better to mix it in. Do not use pre-fertalized soil, just get some from outside.

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