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Recycling food scraps - Worm Farm possibility...surviving the winters?

Hi all,

The garbage/recycling is interesting here in Zurich. Still trying to get my head around the fact that plastic containers etc (not PET bottles but just regular plastics) are not recycled and there is a set day for cardboard/paper recycling.

I'm also used to recycling food scraps separately in a food compost. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this and I notice most people just simply put food scraps in the garbage.

I would rather recycle the food scraps and since I don't have a compost, I'm thinking of building a worm farm for a couple reasons - 1) worm farm will eat the food scraps and 2) the worm 'juice' is very nutritious for the herbs/plants that we intend on growing on our balcony.

I'd like to know, however, whether a worm farm will survive the Swiss winters? We intend to have the worm farm in a purpose built, self contained, worm farm container sitting on the balcony. It does not smell btw) - I'm just wondering if the worms will survive?

I'm guessing they will because they survive in the wild but wondering if anyone has any first hand experience doing this?
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Old 23.03.2015, 22:10
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Re: Recycling food scraps - Worm Farm possibility...surviving the winters?

We have a normal black composting bin which runs fine if slowly over winter. Would like to try adding a worm farm on the raw compost.
Can you buy special worms here?
Do soil worms function just as well ? Is it a matter of numbers rather than species?
As for surviving the winter - an outer insulation layer of recycled polystyrene should help keep temperatures above freezing
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Re: Recycling food scraps - Worm Farm possibility...surviving the winters?

There are several worm compost threads on this forum. My OH says I may be the only oral surgeon in the world running a worm farm in his x-ray dark-room.

I got my colony of Eusenia foetida worms, a.k.a. Tennessee wigglers, from http://www.biogarten.ch/ six years ago, and they are still at work, although it might be time for a little genetic refreshment; just think of all the inbreeding that's going on in there....
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Re: Recycling food scraps - Worm Farm possibility...surviving the winters?

Is there no compost pick up service in Zurich? Maybe you can call around to find the info. Aargau has it, but people have to individually arrange for it.
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