What to Expect When You Order Worms from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm

When you need worms for vermicomposting, your best bet is to order Red Wigglers from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. We ship all over the contiguous United States and the worms are guaranteed to arrive alive, or we will replace them. What can you expect when you order live vermicomposting worms? Always remember that these worms are living creatures. They are hearty earth-dwellers who can survive in a fairly wide temperature range. However, in a package, they can get too hot, too cold, too hungry or too dry. We want our dear worms to survive the trip. That’s why we take extra care to help ensure their safe journey to your home, garden, business or school. Here are some of the methods we use. Shortest Trip Possible We ship only to the contiguous United States, not Hawaii, Alaska or territories. This means we can use the trusty United States Postal Service to deliver the goods in 3 days or fewer via priority mail. The vast majority of the time, the journey length falls into these safe parameters. Additionally, we ship on Mondays. This point in particular can rattle our customers. For example, some customers order in the middle or end of the week and expect a package to show up a couple of days later – even right after a weekend. Unlike shoes or clothing, worms are alive. Imagine if you were a worm in a package with 1,999 other worms, and you were stuck on a hot – or cold …

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How to Harvest Your Compost

You have been faithfully adding organic matter to your compost bin, and now it’s time to reap the harvest! In the spring and summer, your plants need lots of organic fertilizer to grow strong. Maintaining a composting bin or pile is the best way to make your own organic fertilizer at home. When you are getting ready to plant, or need to nourish an existing garden, turning your compost bin gives you access to the compost. Most of our customers use worms to help break down the compost. Our Red Wigglers are champion composting worms that often lay eggs to continue the population; Super Reds (European Night Crawlers) are superior for releasing into the garden or for living and reproducing in a vermicomposting bin that gets exposed to temperature extremes. Certain composters for red wigglers are suitable for indoor composting, but most composting systems are outdoors — or indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer. Note: We carry a Compost Pile Turner that is great for aerating and maintaining a healthy composting system. However, it’s designed to be use a couple of times a month, not at harvest time. How you harvest your compost depends mostly on the type of composting system you have. The more basic the composting bin, the more work it will be to harvest the compost without removing a lot of worms. Tray Composting System The tray-based composter is the easiest to harvest from. An example is the Worm Factory 360, which is a …

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