Originally posted 1-07-10
How to Raise Worms or Vermi-compost in Cold WeatherThe good thing about red worms and European night crawlers: they can tolerate cold weather. But not freezing temperatures. We are taking measures with our worm farm operation to make sure our worms survive this winter blast.
Here are some steps we are taking to lessen the damage and keep our worms happy and alive. You might want to consider these steps for your vermi-composter, as well:
- Drastically reduce the amount of worm feed. (Good news for me, they are increasing the amount I'm getting. That's about the only good thing about Winter for me and my four-legged friends - all-you-can-eat!)
- Supply heat to keep the temperature above 40, at least.
- Keep bright lights on during the cold snap. Worms tend to crawl when it gets too cold, which is not a pretty sight. Smelly, but not pretty.
Happy, if not pretty, redworms.
As for me, it's a sunny window with a pile of blankets....and a hot, steamy bowl of leftovers. I'm not crawling anywhere.
Worm Composting Resources:
|Worm Composting is fun!|
Red Worms: The premier composting earthworm
VermaPlex®: Add to your worm bed to make it healthy.
Vermicomposting Combo: Get red worms, European nightcrawlers and VermaPlex® in one box, saves shipping.