The worm mix is only available for local pickup in Ottawa, Ontario and preference is given to our customers who buy the Worm Studio.
The earthworm mix contains hundreds of red wigglers of all ages along with cocoons contained in microbe-rich bedding. It weighs about 3 pounds and is created to kick-start your composting adventure.
Whom is the Red Wiggler Worm Mix for?
Our worm mix is for new worm parents looking to start a worm bin. Any experienced worm composter will tell you that the secret to a successful bin are the essential microbes as they are the first to break down your food scraps so the wormies can eat the smaller pieces. If you are starting new, our worm mix approach provides you with microbe-rich material from our mature bins so you can have a stable system right from the start. Since the worms are not separated from their original microbe-rich environment, they get less stressed during transport and are unlikely to escape from their new home (aka your worm bin). On the other hand, we've noticed that worms shipped in sterile bedding like peat moss or coco coir are quite the escape artists!
That said, if you already have an established worm bin and simply want to add more worms, you're better off buying worms from someone who sells it by the count or weight.
About our wormies
Our wormies are fed a diet of spent beer grain from our neighbourhood brewery (getting them nice and tipsy for procreation *wink wink*) and flourish in a temperature controlled environment. We do not use processed bedding like coco coir or peat moss as they are energy intensive and environmentally destructive. Instead, we use shredded cardboard from discarded shipping boxes that were probably headed to landfill.
All our packaging is 100% compostable (including our paper tape) and should be torn up and added to your worm bin as bedding.
How Does it Work
I live in a small studio apartment. I wanted to support small businesses and reduce my footprint.
It's been three months and my worms are thriving. No smell, no fuss. The fact that the box is made of wood adds a pleasant woody smell.
I like that they are stackable will make harvesting the castings that much easier.
Akil has gone above and beyond in customer support and providing resources.
I hesitated for a while before getting my worm studio, but it is easily one of the best decisions I have made in 2020.
I have a really small apartment, but it really takes up no space at all and it is easy to put things on top if needed. It doesn't smell at all (even in the summer with no air conditioning!). We haven't had any problems with bugs and my dog doesn't seem bothered by it either (I kind of wondered if she'd always be trying to get her nose in there).
I was worried about not knowing how to take care of it properly, but the information that I received with the purchase (as well as the great support from the Box of Life team!) has been everything that I needed and more. It really is more simple than I expected.
I would recommend this to everyone and anyone who lives in a small space and wants to reduce their food waste.
This is a very easy aesthetically pleasing way to compost! There is no gross smells coming from the compost. Akil is of course always available to answer questions and happy to help. I have had this system for about 10 months now.
I've wanted to get into vermicomposting for a long time but have been stuck at the 'but it's a gross sweaty plastic bucket filled with garbage and worms' phase. The Box of Life is an aesthetically pleasing, great smelling (no joke, always smells like wet cedar), easy to use composter. Akil is enthusiastic and always available to help with questions or concerns. I made a very rookie mistake which lead to a fruit fly problem, but Akil told me how to solve this issue and since then literally no problems. I have had my studio for 9 months and the wormies are starting to really 'find their feet' ... haaha. If you are considering vermicomposting, I don't think I could recommend this product more.
I cannot say enough good things about The Box of Life worm studio. It is a thing of beauty, so it sits out in our living space, no need to hide it away. It is such a beautiful, elegant way to compost, not to mention that the compost that comes out of it is so rich and good for the plants. I'm very grateful for Akil's knowledge and enthusiasm for vermicomposting. I can't think of a better guide for starting my journey of vermicomposting. Thank you, Akil!
I love the box of life design. The cedar wood smells amazing and it seems that no matter how much organic material I put inside the bin, the smell never changes! Such a great product that was so simple and fun to assemble. Highly recommend and Akil is so knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole process of becoming a compost hero.
The Box of Life made it so simple and easy for me to start vermicomposting by selling me the worm mix and box as a package and delivering to my door. It was fun to screw the kit together myself. The instructions are easy to follow and the wormies are literally eating them up! Akil answers all of my questions clearly and with a dash of humour, and I am also getting fabulous practical tips from the growing community of compost heroes. For 9 weeks the wormies have been happily converting food and paper scraps into castings. They are great conversation starters, too!
This box is awesome! I had previously tried a diy version but my worms died off pretty quick. This design is super easy to use, it works, it looks great in my living room (no smells either) and it’s awesome to have ongoing support to trouble shoot. It’s also awesome that it’s mostly natural materials so very small footprint. The kids love it. 5 months in and going strong. Definitely recommend it!
Can I use worms from my backyard?
Probably not unless you know for sure they are one of the few species of composting earthworms. Common backyard earthworms are not good at composting and don't like living in confined spaces.
What do I feed the wormies and how much?
Your worms should be fed a vegetarian diet and the amount you feed them depends on how many worms you have. A pound of red wigglers can realistically eat 1/4 a pound of scraps a day.
Once your Worm Studio is mature and operational for a few months, you can feed between 3-5 kg a week.
So....what about smells?
Apart from the lovely smell of cedar, properly balanced contents in a Worm Studio will have a faint aroma resembling the forest floor. But if your bin has some funky smells, then you know that something's wrong inside. It's most likely due to overfeeding so just mix in a bunch of fresh bedding, and skip the next feeding. The smell should go away.