Bin Left Outside During Freezing Winter Months
(New York City)
I'm new to composting and began with the intent to create and manage an indoor bin, as I live in a city apartment. However, shortly after starting my bin I needed to move it out to my fire escape due to smells and bugs.
It seems to be going pretty well since I placed it outside a few months ago, but I'm worried about what will happen in the cold winter months. Can the worms survive freezing outdoor temperatures? Do they hibernate like goldfish in a frozen pond? Will the decomposition heat insulate the worms enough to keep them unfrozen and alive?
If I need to bring the bin indoors, can I fight the bugs and smells by not adding any new food scraps and just leaving them in the castings and dry bedding?