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Long Beach, CA

January 2, 2011
1:05 AM

Post #8287684

Is there a out side method to keep your worms warm?

This message was edited Jan 2, 2011 7:23 PM


Port St Lucie (+ Wk , FL
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8295911

Move them to San Diego? Really, mine come back every Spring after some 15 deg. nights here in NC. (they reside in a pile of dirt and worm casting with some leaves on top - nothing fancy) If you don't have a garage you can buy a plastic storage bin and put some of the worms and media in there and keep it inside. Tear up & moisten some newspapers as described in the vermicomposting threads if you need more media to fill the tub. Without us knowing how cold you expect or what your worms are in now, it's a little hard to guess what is even needed.

Worms are pretty resilient in my experience if you don't drown, bake or totally dry them out.

Helena, MT

January 7, 2011
2:58 AM

Post #8296658

Rhaposdy, as our friend Paul says red worms are very resiliant, but are not gennerally thought of as garden worms. Since winters are probably not harsh in your area red worms, or red wigglers will probably remain well in leaf piles. As long as you leave a bottom layer of several inches where you are storing these leaves there will be an ample supply of worms to begin decomposing your next seasons leaves. As Paul mentions as well, indoor cultuing of red wigglers is quite easy, and a very good way of disposing of certain kitchen scraps. You might visit the vermiculture section here in DG for more information.

North Ridgeville, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8297335

The vermicomposting forum is here:
Long Beach, CA

January 9, 2011
12:23 AM

Post #8300052

Thank you for your advise. It is most usefully.
Happy Growing
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

January 19, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8319227

I live in frozen Montana and my red worms are totally active right after thaw. My compost is filled with them all but the deepest cold. They go below the frost layer and keep active on their own.

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