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Outdoor Vermicomposters

A group for outdoor vermicomposters. Those who keep their bins, pots or containers outside or have in-ground or above-ground worm houses, exposed to the elements.

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 171
Latest Activity: Oct 6, 2015

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Turn the bin 2 Replies

Started by Tom Inglis. Last reply by John Duffy Nov 24, 2013.

Building an outdoor vermicomposter 11 Replies

Started by George. Last reply by Richard Westman Jun 11, 2012.

Hello new to group just saying hi.

Started by Mr.Jacob Tiffin May 9, 2012.

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Comment by Asha on September 1, 2008 at 10:31pm
Dwayne, we too have been experiencing a lot of rain this season. Mine do not have holes on top, so the contents don't seem to be overly wet. All I do now is slightly wet the coconut husks that forms the top cover of each bin.
Comment by Dora du Plessis on September 3, 2008 at 12:31am
Our experience of keeping the worms in tyre stacks (even tractor tyres) was that the tyres provide some kind of insulation against freezingly cold and very hot weather. We used abattoir manure as food, but are now adding veggie scraps as well. The worms were very happy, grew well and multiplied in thousands!
Comment by Jenni on September 4, 2008 at 5:39am
Hi all, Thought maybe I should join this group as well. I have 2 outdoor bins and a small 2L icecream tub indoor one as well. I just wanted to see how quickly a handful of worms could multiply and thought it would be a good place to add my scraps daily while preparing dinner.
Comment by Craig Lewandowski on September 4, 2008 at 12:25pm
I have lots of questions about getting started on an all natural setting worm bed. They are under "Rookie with questions" on the forum page. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Comment by RJ_Hythloday on September 16, 2008 at 9:31am
Marylou, I have a hot compost pile also, but I wouldn't add worms too it. When done correctly ''hot'' compost should be over 130deg in the core and even up to 160. Worms will stay in an outside area where they are comfortable but ime cold compost stinks. Hot compost has no smell or a good earthy smell.
Comment by Tom Fields on October 23, 2008 at 9:12am
No outdoor worm bins for me yet, maybe next year. I took a look at Mary Applehoff's wintering over system using a gallon container of water and a birdbath heater to keep some warmth in the central part of the outdoor bin.
We do get temperature extremes here in Northern Indiana. Winter lows regularly get into the teens and single digits Fahrenheit and summer highs in the upper 80s. I have a shady spot picked out for a bin and some scrap lumber that I can use to build it. Hurry up next summer. Do any of you folks add worms to your garden compost bins? I have five 3'x3'x3' garden compost bins that are waiting for the last of my garden scraps and the new crop of maple leaves that are falling now. I do turn my compost piles regularly to keep the temps up so I think the worms would not do well for in in those bins.
Comment by Bentley Christie on December 2, 2008 at 9:19am
Hi Everyone!
Thought this would be a good one for me to join. For the last couple years I've kept an insulated worm bin going outside for most of our (cold) Canadian winter.
This year I've decided to create a much larger bed with straw bale walls. Should be a lot of fun!
Comment by Bentley Christie on December 10, 2008 at 7:49pm
Hey Dwayne,
My most recent post shows some pics of the partially completed bed. We still need to add more straw bales to complete the wall, but it's coming along. It's pretty cold here already (basically full winter weather - just not quite as cold as it's going to be once January hits) but those Reds are incredible resilient. I've found them pretty much encased in semi-frozen material yet still able to wiggle (not quite as vigorously of course, but still pretty impressive).
On my CompostGuy site you can find links to all the posts from the previous two winters (when I used my insulated bin)
Comment by Karen Savage on December 12, 2008 at 6:54pm
Hi Everyone,
I started with an outdoor bin in the spring and when I went to harvest in the fall to create a bin for indoors and figure out a plan for the outdoor bin my worms were no longer there. I am new and had an open bottom bin outside and I think the critters might have gotten them. I also noticed that my compost was pretty dry. I have 3 little boys and I am a beekeeper as well so my time towards my worms was definitely challenged. I have a million questions and am not sure who is the best person or persons to talk to about my situation and goals with my worms. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I just ordered worms from Bentley and am starting an indoor bin in hopes to transfer to the outdoor bin in the spring. Thanks
Comment by Bentley Christie on December 13, 2008 at 12:00am
Hi Karen,
Nice to see you here!
Your mention of "pretty dry" could be the key to solving your outdoor worm mystery. Composting worms LOVE moist conditions. This is why using covered 'backyard composters' for vermicomposting (or regular composting for that matter) can seem ineffective, leaving newcomers wondering what they did wrong.
Just for fun, I started up a backyard composter a couple summers ago without adding any worms. Because I'm mainly a vermicomposter, I added more water than I should have - it ended up stinking to high heaven (I'm sure neighbours could smell it). Interestingly enough, I added a bunch of worms and the odor disappeared very quickly.
Moral of the story - the "wrung out sponge" wetness recommendation for regular composting doesn't necessarily apply to a vermicomposting system. Ok, I'm going off on tangents here (lol). Time for bed! :-)

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