6-15-07, Worm Composting in the Desert

Now that summer is here, we’re getting temperatures averaging around 90 degrees +. And although we’ve had some rain recently, the conditions are very dry. This means that the bin is starting to dry out fairly quickly.

I generally go out about once a day now to spray the bin with a bottle sprayer to keep things moist, but not too moist. Ahhh yes, it’s always about finding that perfect balance in moisture. Not too dry, and not so wet that they’ll drown.

I’m considering changing this website’s name to “Adventures in Desert Worm Composting.” !

We’re not even reaching the highest summer temps yet, so more challenges abound. We have the worm bin in the shadiest spot of the house, so we may actually move it indoors if it comes down to that.

We’ll see how it goes!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia February 5, 2008 at 10:06 am

Your website is REALLY helpful! We live in a colder climate and started our own worm farm a couple of months ago. We’re having some moisture and mite problems, so you’re website is just the ticket. You haven’t posted since June…are you still farming?


Joe April 10, 2008 at 2:08 pm

well what happened. I’m starting a worm composter in Phoenix and so far it’s ok the temps in the mid 80. bu I figure that cups of frozen water will keep them moist and cool. Curious on how your little guys are doing.

Shannon August 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Hi! I am also in New Mexico and was researching worm composting when I came across your site. I’m wondering how your bin did with the warm summer? Do I have a chance of being successful in setting one up now or should I wait for cooler weather? Were you able to get your worms locally or did you mail-order them?

Thanks for the informative website!

Melanie December 27, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Hi! I’m starting up a worm bin in Tucson, and I’m wondering how your worms fared in the summer. Any updates? Thanks!

bob August 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm

hi – it looks as though it’s been more than 2 yrs since your last posting…are you still vermicomposting, and if so, how’s it going? we started about a year ago and have had good luck. i actually made our own bin out of a plastic storage container and recently added another layer so the worms can travel up thru the holes in the bottom of the upper bin and we can harvest the castings in the lower bin. pretty cool…except when i overloaded the bin with scraps, PHEW!!! it STUNK for a few days but looks like we’re back to normal now.

your journal has been very informative!


Chris March 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

where I live the temperature can get 105 in the summer, will the worms survive?

Diana (Miami Florida) May 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Hello I’m here in Miami and it does get hot. I had to move my worm bin outside today because of the gnats. Can anyone tell me how to get the gnats out. I cannot get the journal to come up at all. Is this a web page that has fallen by the way side.

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