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Common questions people ask about worms and worm farming

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Here are a list of emails that I have received and answered that I thought contained valuable information.

Question: Does the same rules apply to your night crawlers [as to red wigglers]?  And can they co-exist with the wigglers I would really like to start my own small worm farm for fishing. So I will need to get everything I need from you to get started. There is no were around us to get the small wigglers (for my grandkids to catch sunfish) and even night crawlers are hard to come buy. I will have to do a little studying and order some nice worms from you ASAP.

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The worm farming life.

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Hello everyone,

My apologize for not making many post as of recent. Been real busy with shipping out worms, getting packaging designed for castings and potting mix, finishing up a college degree, etc, etc. I love every minute of it though and would not have it any other way.

What I love best about worm farming is meeting some really nice people. I believe in all honesty that Continue reading “The worm farming life.” »

European Nightcrawlers as a compost worm

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Europeans are actually red worms by classification

I am often asked the practical difference between Euro’s and red wigglers when it come to composting. There are some differences between the Euro and the red wiggler, but the Euro is in-fact a decent compost worm as long as a few things are understood about it. Continue reading “European Nightcrawlers as a compost worm” »

Worm Bin Bedding. A worm needs sleep too you know.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Shredded paper potential beddingstockphoto.com/pali rao

Bedding has a huge impact upon how quickly worms grow and ultimately upon the maximum size that they will obtain. Also it plays an important role in reproduction rates and has a practical impact upon the manageability of a worm system. It helps to prevent smells from forming in the worm farm or bin by providing carbon, without which the system would sour. Also the proper bedding will be forgiving and help keep worms healthy even when the worm bin is accidentally over or under fed or watered. Continue reading “Worm Bin Bedding. A worm needs sleep too you know.” »

Worms and gardening. How to use worms and their compost to grow flowers and vegetables.

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

huge red strawberries

Strawberries from the Worms Etc garden 2009

Tips on vermi-gardening
Vermi-gardening is gardening using the help of worms.

The first year of a garden

Soils in areas that have never been worked before seldom have the qualities needed to grow domesticated plants and vegetables. Although soil in a particular area may be covered in grasses and other naturally occurring flora, modern plant breeds have been selected over the years for varieties that produce the highest yields. These plants can only meet their potential when rooted in a soil that meets certain conditions. Continue reading “Worms and gardening. How to use worms and their compost to grow flowers and vegetables.” »

Cardboard and worms and effect on reproduction rates

Monday, December 7th, 2009

One might say that as a worm farmer you see treasure where others see trash. Cardboard is one treasure that is very plentiful and easy to find but the problem is that in its raw state it is very unmanageable in a worm bin.

For example if you were to wet cardboard boxes and place them into a worm bin they would eventually be consumed and turned into castings but this would take a long time. Also until the boxes broke down they would be in the way of adding new foods, taking up lots of space, and make sorting or separating of the worms difficult.

Cardboard Worm Bedding

Hammer Milled Bedding

However when cardboard is first pulverized it makes an excellent bedding and the worms do seem to get some nutrition from it. I have tried raising worms on straight pulped cardboard and though the worms do survive and even multiply a little it seems that they do best when another food source is used and the cardboard is treated as a bedding. I have even seen that the red wiggler reproduction rates can be increased by the worms growing in cardboard. As far as the actual pulping of the cardboard is concerned it can be very labor intensive.

Lately I have been finding pre-shredded cardboard coming from companies that do lots of shipping. They use specialized cardboard shredding machines make a sort of packaging material from old cardboard boxes. The great part about this stuff is that it is already in a fairly use-able form for the worms. Also, the paper fibers are now cut to short and it cannot be recycled so there is no better use for it. This stuff kind of looks like a fish net made from cardboard and the worms love it so keep your eyes peeled for that bit of worm treasure.

If you happen to have access to a hammer mill than you are in good shape. That is what we use to make our bedding with.

Matthew Wilson

Falling in love with the fallen fall leaves

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Pardon the pun but I personally leave my leaves where they fall in the fall. However many of my neighbors rake up their leaves and put the to the curb. It just makes my day day when I see this resource the others are giving up. I ask them I may have them and of course they are always glad to get rid of them quickly.

Brightly colored fall leaves

Leaves on our pond at Worms Etc

My worm bins are raised off the ground by about a foot. They are under cover of a roofed building but this building has open sides. So my bins need protection from the cold. These bagged leaves are perfect for this I just place the bags under the bottom of my bins and they both insulate and block drafts. In the spring when the insulation is no longer needed they get added to the top of the bins where the worms eat them.

I also know of a guy who piles the leaves up over their dog houses to provide insulation for them. In the spring he turns them into compost and then adds them to his garden later.

Bright fall leaves on pond water surface

Leaves on pond surface

Most anyone can get tons of this valuable resource for free. So just look around and also see if you can come up with some creative uses for the leaves.