How to Keep Compost Worms Warm & Healthy

How to Keep Compost Worms Warm and Healthy. Just because they are chewing on your garbage
doesn’t mean compost worms don’t like to be warm and safe from the cold, so keep them
healthy and snug with these tips. You will need Compost worms Compost bins Straw
Dead leaves Green waste Carbon Newspapers Vegetable scraps Straw Wood chips and egg
cartons. Step 1. Move your compost bin to a warm area such
as your garage, a storage shed, or in a smaller container under your kitchen sink when winter’s
wind gushes in. Step 2. Set the bin in a hole in the ground with the
same circumference as the bin and about half as deep if you have nowhere to move your bin. Cover the bin with straw or dead leaves. Keep the bin in the sunniest area on your
property for optimal heat. Step 3. Add more nitrogen, also known as green waste. When it decomposes, the green waste produces
heat, but adding too much can increase the acidic levels and leave you with fried worms
— keep your nitrogen balanced with the carbon by adding hardwood ashes or charcoal ashes. Step 4. Insulate your compost bin with newspapers,
straw, vegetable scraps, wood chips, or egg cartons to keep the worms shielded from the
frigid weather. Step 5. Do not neglect your compost pile in the winter. This is the biggest cause of dead worms and
a useless spring compost. Even though it’s difficult to trudge out into
the yard in the cold, keeping the compost pile active in the winter is a must. Did you know Worm composting is also known
as vermicomposting and utilizes red worms. Earthworms are not used because they cannot
withstand living inside of an indoor bin. Red worms are thought to be able to process
as much waste each day as their own weight.

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