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Texas Worm Growers

Anyone and everyone in Texas who can share ideas and advice on growing worms in such a HOT climate in the summer and cool climate in the winter.

Location: Austin, TX
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Latest Activity: Nov 1, 2014

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worm suicide 1 Reply

Well, Just got the worms this week and put into the bin. They keep crawling out at night and of course dry out before they escape the house. Currently, the bin is made up of coir and paper and made…Continue

Started by Jim. Last reply by Cassandra Truax Apr 14, 2012.

Try to Beat That Texas Heat 4 Replies

Hey everyone just wanted to share my solution to the 100+ heat. Although my worms are inside and a little spoiled, but even so it can get 90+ and they do get a little stressed, so I freeze little…Continue

Started by Tammy Schuster. Last reply by George Sep 15, 2011.

Anyone in the Lubbock area? 3 Replies

I want to start but having a hard time deciding Indoors or outside. Summer temps are so high. Thought I might get some tips.Also can anyone explain what vermaplex actually is?ThanksRickContinue

Started by Rick S.. Last reply by Cassandra Truax Mar 23, 2011.

Anybody else as happy to see a few days without rain, snow, sleet or freeze?! 2 Replies

This has been the craziest winter!  I am in Dallas and quite a few of my customers lost power for 3-4 days in the record snow storm last month.  A couple of them seem to think they have lost their…Continue

Started by Heather Rinaldi. Last reply by Heather Rinaldi Mar 3, 2010.

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Comment by Cristie Fields on November 3, 2009 at 10:40am
I grow my worms in the garage year round, but noticed with the extreme heat this summer, we lost a good deal of worms. Any suggestions on how to keep my beds cool in the summer. I had fans on and insulated the garage, but only a small amount made it through the summer.
Comment by D S Foxx on February 17, 2010 at 6:39pm
My worms are atypically fed and housed, so I'm not sure how applicable my experiences may be. But while it may seem contradictory, I've heard other CentralTexans reference soil beds as cooling for summer, as well as insulation in winter.

Verne, that's an ashtray. Don't you know cigarettes are bad for you?
Comment by Jeannene on February 17, 2010 at 7:51pm
Mine are inside, because the garage was just too hot. I just have to watch the bedding dries out fast with the a/c and heater.
Comment by D S Foxx on February 18, 2010 at 7:54am
From Eve: I cant post onto the Texas wormers without joining... so i am leaving you a comment.

It only gets to just over 100 in the summer here but when it starts getting over 90 i begin put frozen bottles of water into the bin to keep it cool. I usually keep 2 or 3 pint sized water bottles i rotate freezer to bin. And for feeding day i add frozen food instead, I pre-freeze their food and place it into the bin frozen.

I wrap a layer or two of newspaper around the frozen bottles to keep worms from freezing to the plastic. Then bury in the bin. With the frozen food i dig a hole and add dry shredded paper and place the frozen food on top then cover with another layer of shredded paper, then the bedding dug out of the hole. Surprisingly the frozen food takes longer to thaw than the water.
Comment by Cristie Fields on February 18, 2010 at 8:26am
Thanks for all the great advice. I will try this.
Comment by bigtex worms on February 21, 2010 at 12:41pm
I have three simple tricks for keeping my worms happy in the summer time:
Shade, water and compost feed. No direct sun on the beds, I water them every day (condensation helps cool) and I feed ONLY precomposted scraps in the summer to avoid decomp. heating. I did not lose any worms last year and have over 100 pounds of worms at present.
BigTex Worms
Comment by Cristie Fields on February 21, 2010 at 4:08pm
Thanks Big Tex I will try that. :)
Comment by Heather Rinaldi on February 22, 2010 at 4:13pm
I have worms in bins in garage and do the frozen water bottle trick and have recessed in ground trenches in complete shade--we made it through the summer with no sweat (at least for the worms). I agree with bigtex--pre-composted food helps too.
Comment by David Savell on February 24, 2010 at 9:29pm
Hi I am a noob to the worm composting and started a bin on the inside of the house with 2lbs of worms so far so good. Thinking of using an old fridge in the garage as a bin as well. Any thoughts would be well appreciated
Comment by Cristie Fields on February 28, 2010 at 6:26pm
An old fridge is a great idea. We use anything from old dressers to nightstands to rubbermaid bins. Good luck. Make sure to keep an eye on the moisture level in the fridge if it does not have a drain to drain off the excess liquid.


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