Once you have an active compost bin of good size, composting in the winter is easy — so long as you don’t mind hauling garbage around in freezing cold weather. On the “Pixxe Farm” there are two composting bins, each about 1500-2000 liters in capacity. One of the bins has been resting since late September, but the other has been taking about 100 liters of waste per week, thanks to a few dedicated Rakowiec residents who happen to eat a lot of whole foods.
Both bins are quite warm and full of worms about 12 cm ( 5 inches) below the surface layer of straw and leaves. They are busy eating, mating, and generally taking care of garbage-related business. Here is a pair of worms making new worms. Hurrah. These guys are not California Red Wigglers, which we have indoors. They are what I call “Polish composting worms” or “The Crawlers”. I didn’t put them in the bin. They found their way to it all by themselves. They spread the word underground… They are not earthworms but most likely Eisenia Hortensis, or European Nightcrawlers. (Wigglers are Eisenia Fetida.) The Crawlers are larger and can withstand lower temperatures than the Wigglers. What’s great about these guys is that they are free and native — one of our gardeners has been keeping some of these fellows inside since August, and they are doing very well! Hail the worm.