One of my readers from Wisconsin asks:
"I've been vermicomposting since last fall, and I'm wondering if I can move the bin outside now that it's warm out. I am getting tired of having it in the kitchen."
There's no reason you can't move the worm bin outside. There are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to do that:
- Be sure to move the bin into a shaded area. If you put it in an area where the hot summer sun beats down on it all day, the intense heat will kill your worms.
- You may need to monitor the moisture levels in the bin more closely. The heat can make it dry out faster, and if it's in an area where it will catch the water when it rains, it could get too wet.
- Other wildlife can be a problem. If you have a rodent problem in your area, they can try to get into the bin.
Since you're undoubtedly monitoring your bin anyway, since it's in your kitchen, the monitoring shouldn't be a problem for you. The wildlife may be another issue. I have tons of squirrels in my neighborhood, and I can't even tell you how many times I caught them trying to claw their way into the worm bin. You know best what type of wildlife you'll be dealing with, so I'll have to leave that part up to you!
Thanks for the great question!
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