I'm thinking about diversifying my compost lineup here in Northern Minnesota. The next time I see a free bathtub on the side of the road, that may be all it takes to propel me into the world of vermicompost. For those of you who have purchased worms before, who do you recommend? Uncle Jim's and Midwest Worms seem reputable. Any comments/past experiences?
More importantly, what do folks do with their worms in the winter? Here in Northern MN, our winters are about as cold as it gets.. single digits above to single digits below as an average (although minus 20 to minus 30 for stretches of time are also not outta the question). Seems to me it'd be too cold to expect my worms to survive inside my compost pile(s). Can I expect them to lay enough eggs before Winter to adequately repopulate my vermicompost bin come Spring/early Summer? Alternatively, I've read about folks bringing at least some of their worms inside to ride out the winter indoors. I'm open to this idea. What do folks like to use for a container/indoor worm box? I looked at the Hot Frog Living Composter on Uncle Jim's website. All things considered, it looks pretty unobtrusive as well as easy to manage/clean. Has anyone made something similar?