Updated 2015/01/19

I became interested in verimcomposting in 2003 and purchased Worms Eat My Garbage: How to setup & maintain a vermicomposting system to research the subject. I started my first bin in a storage tote in May 2004, had a flow through bin for a couple of years and I'm currently using an inverting bin.

I have had worms bin for nine years now and have adopted the philosophy of benign neglect for their operation. Other than the five minutes required to feed it every week and harvesting the compost two or three times a year they requires little attention. They generally sit unnoticed in the corner of my kitchen.

I'm an apartment dweller so it's nice to be able to compost at home. Previously I'd save my organic waste and donate it to friends compost piles.

My vermicomposting related pages are as follows (links open in a new page): I have also gathered some vermiculture/vermicomposting links at the bottom of this page (link)

For ease of understanding I have designated the bins by 'type - feeding method - harvest method' and the typical feeding and harvesting methods are explained as follows:
  • Pocket feeding involves digging a 'pocket' in the bedding, inserting the organic waste then recovering it with the excavated material.
  • In top feeding the organic waste is spread in a thin layer over the top of the bedding and is covered with fresh bedding.
  • Batch harvesting involves removing a portion or all of the vermicompost in a batch
  • In the continuous method vermicompost is harvested as it falls through a grate in the open bottom of the bin more or less continually.
After having used both a 'storage tote-pocket-batch' bin (link) and a 'flow through-top-continuous' bin (link) I found I preferred different aspects of each. The 'top feeding' method was desirable as it's tidier (no digging required) than the 'pocket feeding' method and I prefer to harvest the vermicompost in less frequent large batches rather than continually.

An 'inverting-top-batch' type of bin seemed ideal for me. In this design the bin is top fed and inverted (flipped over) for easy batch harvesting via a removable bottom. Like the 'flow through' bin an 'inverting' type also provides excellent ventilation from the top and bottom. For details of my DIY inverting bin see here.

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Iím also fascinated by the potential of Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) for organic waste handling. "SF larvae can digest over 15 kilograms per day of restaurant food waste per square meter of feeding surface area, or roughly 3 lbs per square foot per day. A 95% reduction in the weight and volume of this waste was also noted. This means that for every 100 lbs of restaurant food waste deposited into a unit, only 5 lbs of a black, friable residue remain!" (link).

I purchased about 100 BSFL from a pet store in the summer of 2011 and after some trial and error was successful in having them mate and complete their life-cycle indoors. For more on my experiments with BSF see the following pages: I'm also experimenting with small scale hydroponics: I'm finding all this stuff very interesting. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me.

Worms are more powerful than the African elephant and more
important to the economy than the cow. - Charles Darwin

"Starve the Landfill...Feed the Earth" - redhen

Vermiculture Sites that I like

redwormcomposting.com www.easyvermicomposting.com
thegardenforums.org Worm Digest
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Canadian Vermiculture/Vermicomposting Links

Information Links

City Farmer Worm Composting

Northern Care Worm Composting

City of Edmonton Worm Composting

Waste Reduction (Action on Waste) - Alberta Environment

GVRD - Recycling & Garbage

North Shore Recycling Program | Natural Yard Care | Worm Composting

Recycling Council of Ontario VERMICOMPOSTING Fact Sheet

Wellington County - Composting with worms!

Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture (PDF File)

Red Worm Composting

Supplier Links

City Farmer Worm Suppliers List - Canada and the World

Dirt Willy Game Bird Farm & Hatchery

Earth's General Store

All Things Organic - Worm Farming, Compost Bins, Earth Worms

Cathy's Crawly Composters

Green Venture Vermicomposting

Miscellaneous Links

Cornell Universityís vermicompost research page - Includes an educational video on vermicomposting from Cornell University on YouTube.

Frank Teuton's Sifter Page

The Lowly Earthworm: The Gardener's Friend

Welcome to Worm Watch

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm : California Integrated Waste Management Board

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm : The Game

The Canadian Composting Council!

...and that's all