It’s getting cold out there. If you have a worm bin outside in Manitoba, now’s the time for inside action. Even though our days are pleasant the nights are dipping into the frost zone. Any night time temperature under 5 C is a sign of times to come and and a good indication that the annual fall migration is upon us. Find a cosy corner for your bin today and make the move to indoor composting.
Autumn is a great time to take stock of the health of your vermicomposting operation too. If you have open air holes in the outdoor bin who knows what kind of little flying friends have joined the party. It’s a good idea to cover your bin with some mosquito netting for the first few weeks inside, this will catch any flying interlopers before they get a chance to enter your home. You can keep them contained in the bin while they hatch out and remove them as the appear.
Harvest your castings, while the days are mild find a nice flat area to dump out the contents of your bin. Using the “hostile environment” method you can give your worm bin a nice deep clean in preparation for winter indoors. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2014/01/14/harvest-those-castings/
Take the time to bag up some leaves, wait for a nice dry day and set aside a few grocery bags of dried leaves. These will act a mini inoculations for your bin as the winter wears on. As a closed system your indoor bin may experience a microbial unbalanced where one type of bacteria or fungi wants to take over. An inoculation of dry leaves and the various microbes they house will enrich the biodiversity of the bin and restore the balance.
We’re getting ready for the cold too, our winter stock will come to town in the next few weeks and that will be it for the season. We put our outdoor facility to sleep under straw bedding and just like all farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature and her hopefully deep snow pack till the spring melt. This means that from Oct. 15 through till the warm weather comes we will only sell “clean” worms. These are picked and measured in 100 mL lots for you to use.