Worm Composting with a Steel Barrel Composter

“I would like to make a steel barrel composter. How do I do this and can I use worms? It seems like they would cook on hot days!” ~ Anastasia May Hi Anastasia, When you say “steel barrel composter”, I assume you are talking about a compost tumbler like one illustrated here: If so, I…

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Worm Composting In Cold Weather / Winter

“To Worm Farming Secrets, I am thinking of starting a small commercial worm composting business. I have no access to indoor installations and am afraid the cold conditions (down to -10C in extreme conditions) will prohibit such opportunities. What can I do? ~ Andrew Rickard “How to keep red worms outdoors all year around in…

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Using Treated Timber / Lumber For Worm Farms

“Is it safe to use treated lumber in building a worm box for outside use?” ~ Frank Dorsey Good question, Frank – something I would imagine many others have wondered about themselves. First of all, let me start with a confession…:-) When I constructed my large outdoor system last summer I DID in fact use…

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Worm Composting With Cardboard

“Feeding Eisenia foetida (red worms) with cardboard, is it a good idea, how easy is that, and what is the benefit?” ~ Carola Gil Hi Carola, Depending on what sort of cardboard you are talking about, it can definitely be a great idea. I use multiple types of cardboard in my beds and bins and…

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Vermicomposting in a University Environment

“I am working on a paper discussing the composting potentials for the Slippery Rock University in eastern Pennsylvania. I was wondering how vermicomposting might fit in to a small university environment, like ours, with little knowledge of vermicomposting and limited composting capabilities. What would it take for the benefits of vermicomposting to outweigh the costs?”…

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Mushroom Growing & Worm Farming

“I have just started mushroom farming and would like to know how to turn my expired mushroom compost into organic manure for sale using worms” ~ Paul Kuria Interesting question, Paul! I always appreciate hearing about people who come up with creative worm composting applications! Using worms to further process (and enhance) spent mushroom substrate…

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Worms In a Greenhouse

“Do worms work well in a greenhouse? How can they be maintained?” ~ Mathew Metzler Another great question! The short answer is definitely ‘YES’, but let me elaborate so you’ll understand why. Keeping worm beds or bins in a greenhouse can be a great strategy for multiple reasons, but like most things there are still…

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