Product Review: Online Worm Composting Class


ANYONE WHO HAS READ MY THREE-PART SERIES on worm composting, called Worm Composting Not So Easy, knows that I’ve been composting with worms on and off for over three years. With my first batch, I gave up and dumped the contents of my worm bin into my compost tumbler. The second time, I was successful enough through dumb luck to expand into a second bin, but then ran into trouble.

Over the years, I’ve harvested some worm castings, but not nearly as much as I expected or wanted. The latest crisis came when I over-fed the worms, causing them to try to flee the bin. The situation is under control now due to some advice from Liz at wormbincomposting.com (otherwise known as @bigtexworms on Twitter) . I asked for advice on her free ask-a-question-get-an-answer page.

Based on her info, I’m pretty sure the main problems were overfeeding and not enough bedding. My bin is much dryer now and the worms are no longer leaving the material they are supposed to be eating. There’s no question that she provided good advice. In case you are wondering, I receive no financial compensation from her.

Online worm composting class

So that I can avoid having another bin melt down, I decided to take the online course at wormbincomposting.com. It cost $5, or you can get it free if you buy worms from the site. I’m not sure how her worm prices stack up, but the course may be reason enough to buy from her. There’s good information in the class, especially for someone just starting out.

The class includes:

1. An outline class guide.
2. Six videos that walk you through worm composting.
3. A test (with answers) to reinforce your learning.

Videos are just about the best way to learn something like this. Plus, Liz makes herself available to answer any questions not addressed by the videos.

Unfortunately, I wasted a lot of time learning through trial and error. Here are a few things I knew before taking the class:

1. Bins should be completely opaque, worms can’t handle light.
2. Don’t feed them acidic or spicy materials. No meats or dairy.
3. Fruit flies are a difficult problem. Use paper bedding to insulate flies from fruit scraps.

Here are some of the more important points that I learn from this class.

1. When you first start, use coir or peat for bedding. Worms like the pH of this material.
2. After the bin is established you can use shredded paper.
3. When feeding, make a nest out of thin paper strips to hold the scraps. Worms like to eat this way.
4. Measure the amount of worms in the bin when you harvest. A 16-ounce cup is the right amount for a Tupperware bin. If you have more, start another bin.
5. If you can, compost your materials a bit before feeding them to the worms.

Here’s one of the videos from the class to give you a sense of what they’re like.

Worm composting can be a valuable way to compost materials, especially where winters are too cold to compost outside. Worm castings can be a great free soil amendment for your plants. Plus the materials don’t go into a landfill, which in some communities can save you money on trash collection.

On the other hand, worms are not dirt cheap ;). It takes time and effort to get a worm bin going. One way you can significantly improve your chances of success is by investing 30 minutes and $5 in this class. There are other ways, but this is a good one.

More information on the course can be found at online worm composting class.

Related articles that might interest you:

1. Worm Composting Not So Easy, Part III
2. Worm Composting Not So Easy, Part II
3. Worm Composting Not So Easy, Part I
4. Free 77-page Worm Composting Guide

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6 Responses to “Product Review: Online Worm Composting Class”

  1. February 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the kind review of my online course.
    Yes, the course is free with any worm purchase. So, if you buy the class now but purchase anytime in the future, I will deduct the cost off your order.
    Also, there will be some changes to the video part of the course coming this spring.
    As always: Happy Worming!
    Liz
    BigTex Worms

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