I have learned a few things about raising worms over the last few decades I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t take a genius to have a flourishing crop of wigglers, but it does take a lot of work and attention to detail to have a good harvest. Once my car pulled out of the driveway, he forgot about the extra chore I had laid on him.
I used a natural bottom to my bed, never dreaming they would become dry and seek wetter terrain. As a fisherman, I have found nothing that rivals a fat juicy worm as bait for a bluegill or shell cracker, sometimes called a red eared bream.
Slip that fellow on a number six hook, with a sinker and a bomber and the fish will go nuts if it’s the right time of the year. Red wigglers do wiggle and fish simply can’t resist that dangling bait.
That was a good idea, but it didn’t pan out because my product packed up its gear and left my homemade worm farm. Toss this stuff on your garden, and you can sit back and watch the squash grow.
Kitchen leftovers such as potatoes, lettuce, coffee and tea grounds rice, paper, grits cotton, and even eggshells are ideal for worm food. Just about all forms of garden vegetables can be used, though some decompose faster than others; grapefruit and orange take more than a month for decomposition to occur.
Wigglers castings condition the soil and resist leaching and compaction, while their long-lasting nutrients are easily absorbed by plants. A cocoon will hatch in an average of 45 days, and baby worms will need another six-10 weeks to become adult breeders.
A layer of moistened cardboard or newspaper on top of your compost will bring the worms to the feeding areas where you add new waste. Simply pull up the cardboard or paper and drop the waste materials in.
Compost Pile: Place worms on the bottom of 4 inches of loose soil. What to Feed Your Worms: Fruit: apples, pears, banana peels, strawberries, peaches and all melons Vegetables: beans, cabbage, celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, all greens, corn, corncobs and squash Cereals and grains: oatmeal, pasta, rice, non-sugared breakfast cereals, corn meal, pancakes Miscellaneous: coffee filter paper, tea bags, eggshells, dead flowers Other food/bedding: newspaper (no shiny or coated paper), cardboard, paperboard, paper egg cartons, brown leaves Do Not Feed: Non-biodegradable materials, plastic, rubber bands, sponges, aluminum foil, glass, & pet feces.
DETAILS Description Please note that the product information displayed is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and other third parties and is not independently verified by PERCO. Red Wigglers are a great worm when angling for freshwater fish, but if you’ve got a hungry turtle or amphibian, they’re a wonderful live food choice.
Recycle ® is a Detroit, Michigan company dedicated to all things' permaculture. Where we used to eat and discard, now we know that if we add worms to the cycle we end up with a better, restored soil that produces faster growing, stronger plants.
To this end, and in the interest of reusing resources that are readily and locally available, at Recycle ® we use a process to compost horse manure. This 60-90 day process “ages” the manure, removes seeds and pathogens, and releases heat energy to the point where we can then feed it to our worms.
Simply put, it's any organic material that is worked by worms and reduced to a rich soil amendment. Through a slow, natural process the material is decomposed and results in a granulated, pH neutral, odorless humus, loaded with micro-biotic life, humid acids, and growth hormones.
Further, there is a substantial body of scientific evidence that those same characteristics of vertical are effective in controlling a wide variety of plant pests and diseases. The “cured” manure is abundant with microbial, bacterial, and fungal life.
They also are the smallest compost worm on the market, but don't let that surprise you on how much they can eat per day. The Red Wiggler is definitely the most common composting worm choice due to its tolerance to wide range of temperatures and PH.
The Red Wiggler grows to 1 1/2 to 4 inches making it a superb food choice for fish, chickens, pet turtles and lizards. Wigglers are very active on the hook, and last longer underwater than other fishing baits.
The Red Wiggler breeds by lying next to another worm but in opposite direction. After the worms separate, the flagellum secrete albumin which forms a cocoon.
These cocoons are round and change color during the development cycle, first white, then yellow and lastly brown. Make sure not to over feed worms, by alternating locations of food within the bins.
The use of eggshells sprinkled on top of bedding helps control PH level. Manure from horses, cows and rabbits are good as long as they have been composted a little, so they don't heat up worm bin.
Something I alluded to in the previous section was the fact that letting your waste material sit for a period of time is better than adding it right away. If you throw in a bunch of fresh carrot peelings the worms won’t be able to start processing the material until sufficient microbial colonization has taken place.
I really like using newspaper to line the inside of my watertight bin which helps to hold excess moisture under control. Worms seem to absolutely love rotting leaves, so definitely don’t be so quick to kick those bags to the curb in the fall.
Aside from activating the important microbial community, this also allows for moisture to make its way throughout the bin materials. For anyone interested in simply trying out vermicomposting (or if you want to save some money), I would recommend heading to your local hardware store and grabbing yourself a standard Rubbermaid tub (with lid) or something similar.
All that being said, there is nothing wrong with a single worm bin in the size range of a typical ‘blue box’ recycling container. This size of bin should be large enough to provide both buffering capacity and waste-processing potential for a typical household (especially if you use an overflow bucket and/or an outdoor composting heap as well).
If you are using a typical Rubbermaid type of bin it's not a bad idea to drill some holes in the lid and along the sides prior to adding your bedding/worms etc. The Canadian Nightcrawler is a soil-dwelling worm that is very popular for fishing due to its large size and the relative ease with which it can be collected (especially at night, during or after a heavy summer rain shower).
You likely wouldn’t see the nightcrawlers though since they would be hanging out down deeper in the lower regions where the soil meets the organic matter.