Answers To Common Worm Questions

Worms are interesting creatures and, for that reason, are sometimes misunderstood. After all, they do look and behave differently than the majority of other animals we are accustomed to hearing about. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm handles worms every day so they’re pretty normal to us! For example, did you know that worms eat dirt? Since worms don’t have teeth, they eat small amount of dirt every once in a while to help break down and digest their food! But they don’t gain any nutrients from eating dirt. There are many more fascinating things to know about worms. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about them. You might be surprised at some of the responses! Do Worms Have Eyes? Worms do not have eyes, however, they do have receptor cells that let them know when it is light or dark. They use similar receptor cells to find their way around by detecting vibrations in the ground. Do Worms Have Mouths? Worms do have mouths. They use their mouths to ingest dirt and food particles found in the soil they are tunneling through. These food particles turn into valuable compost that fertilizes the ground they dwell in. Do Worms Bite? Since worms do not have teeth, they cannot bite you. Most people find that holding a worm is fun and ticklish. You should not be afraid to hold a worm. Do Worms Lay Eggs? Worms form cocoons that look like lemon-shaped incubators where tiny embryonic worms develop. These tiny worms …

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Turning Thanksgiving Food Scraps Into Valuable Compost

Thanksgiving is all about good food, good friends and good fun. It’s a time of year we all look forward to, because it’s a time during the year for family and friends to get back together and enjoy one another’s company. Kids especially anticipate Thanksgiving because it means that Christmas is just around the corner. And then there’s food! Thanksgiving usually means one thing and one thing only; you get to totally indulge yourself and feast on the best foods this nation has to offer including the noble turkey! Thanksgiving is a major operation. It’s a lot of shopping, preparation and cooking, serving, eating and lastly, cleanup. Can you guess which of those phases interests a vermicomposter the very most? Thanksgiving Cleanup The cleanup phase of Thanksgiving is one of the best parts of the event, because you get to re-purpose all of your food scraps for compost, which literally sells itself! Worm castings are the very best form of compost, which is why we refer to it as “black gold”. Besides, nobody likes to see food go to waste. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has just a little expertise when it comes to recycling and reusing kitchen food scraps! Did you know that our red worms can eat up to their weight in food daily? That might seem like a lot of food to feed them, but they weigh very little and the food is almost always readily available at no cost to you (well, technically it did cost you …

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Can You Eat Worms?

What many of us in Canada and the U.S. think as inedible is actually part of daily life in other countries around the world. One of those “delicacies” is the worm. It’s called Entomophagy! Can You Really Eat Worms? As a company that specializes in vermiculture, we often get asked, “Can you eat worms”? The short answer is yes. These squiggly creatures can be eaten raw or cooked, especially for small children who are invariably drawn to earthworms. Not sure why, that’s just the way it is! While eating worms has its nutritional merits, there are some cautionary measures to consider. For instance. Wild worms can carry parasites and germs that can be harmful. It comes down to the soil conditions they are living in and the environment. Worms that are farm raised for eating are fed pest-free food that helps keeps them clean and parasite-free. This is why buying worms from a reputable dealer is preferable to going out and hunting your own worms. Some thrill-seeking, edible food junkies like Food For Louis and Bear Grylls test the far-reaching limits of foods considered edible (and sometimes inedible foods) and they seem to be perfectly healthy and happy people. Truth be told, humans are capable of a much larger diet than we are accustomed to and it would probably do us a bit of good to branch out every once in a while and try new things, with discretion of course. Worms may or may not be on that list, and honestly, …

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Using Red “Wigglers” Worms For Ice Fishing

There aren’t too many outdoor activities that you can do (and do well) year round. Fishing is one of them that allows you such a great convenience. You can enjoy reeling in fish during the warm Spring and Summer  and continue to do so throughout the colder Winter months. Not bad eh? No matter what time of year it is, fishing with worms is always a possibility. And it’s great fun! If you are an organic grower who has built up a more than ample supply of red worms and feel like you could stand to get rid of some, then why not take them out and try your luck at fishing this winter? After all, fish love worms don’t they? The Winter is definitely no exception! Fish Love Worms Since fish live in water and worms dwell in the earth, some people wonder why fish like to eat worms in the first place. Truth is, worms aren’t confined to soil. In fact, many worms are considered aquatic animals rather than terrestrial animals. While worms are not the main source of food for fish, a wide variety of fish species encounter worms semi-often along river banks, lake bottoms and in streams. You can bet that most fish won’t pass up a chance to feed on a well-presented red worm. Red Worms Are Irresistible Red worms are just the right size. Not too big, not too small. They’re neither intimidating or unmanageable. They’re a perfect bite size portion most any fish would be …

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