Types of Nightcrawler Worms

There are many types of nightcrawler worms (also referred to as grunt worms, garden worms, and leaf worms). There’s the European kind, as well as the African and Canadian nightcrawlers. They are the perfect worms for live fish bait; and are a good food source for different kinds of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. But which nightcrawlers are more preferred when it comes to live fish bait, and for vermicomposting? Let’s find out more below. Nightcrawlers and its kinds Raising nightcrawlers is simple. You’ll just have to provide them a worm bin with some earthy soil (and of course some organic food supply), that you can store indoors (in your basement or garage) or outdoors afterwards (on your lawn or garden). Also take note that nightcrawlers have no eyes or ears. They only sense the motion of things through vibrations. They typically burrow down the soil (can burrow as deeps as 6 ½ feet) as soon as they feel minor shudders in their surroundings. But their burrowing has its advantages too since it helps with the aerating of the soil. They’re also sensitive to light that’s why they burrow back under the soil when it’s daylight. Aside from that, they’re usually seen feeding at night, and after a good rain (usually when there’s dew on the grass). They’re also thicker and larger in size (grows as long as 14 inches!) compared to red worms. And as previously mentioned, there are three known kinds of nightcrawlers; and these are the European nightcrawlers …

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Tips on Storing Worm Tea

There are a lot of things that you can do with worm castings; and one of them would be to make tea out of worm poop from red wrigglers, and nightcrawlers. To find out more, you should read a few facts in this article about tips on storing worm tea, and more. Worm compost tea is basically made through a brewing process. It’s created by immersing the castings of worms into the water (the castings are usually enclosed in a cloth bag, and is tied so nothing seeps out from the bag as soon as it is submerged in the water). The nutrients and the other good bacteria that’s contained in the castings are then released into the water. It’s when the water is aerated that the microorganisms grow and multiply in number (an oxygen-rich environment is produced). This worm tea dilution then becomes your liquid organic fertilizer. So, how do you exactly make worm compost tea? Well, you’re going to have to prepare a bucket that can hold a gallon, and then some dechlorinated water.

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How to make Worm Tea out of worm castings

After worm composting, what then becomes of its deposits? Now this is where the organic fertilizers come into the picture. Worm by-product can simply be used in three ways: as an organic fertilizer (still in its earthy soil state) for your plants, as a soil conditioner, and as a liquid fertilizer. The liquid fertilizer that has leached out from you worm bin is what we call worm tea. There are simple how to steps in producing your very own tea from worms. So, how do you make worm tea exactly? How to create tea from worm manure Worm manure in liquid form can be a great organic soil amendment, and is definitely odorless. You can create tea from worm poop by simply preparing the needed materials for this: a worm bin, a small rake (the hand-held type), a muslin bag, a large bucket, some water, and a squirt bottle. You can start with this simple brewing process by following these easy steps: From the bottom part of your worm bin, you will see some castings on top of it. Rake these off from the bin, which you will then place directly into the muslin bag. As soon as you’ve filled the bag with worm castings, tie it right away so that you can secure the contents of it (especially when you completely submerge it into the water). You’re going to have to submerge the muslin bag (containing the castings from red wigglers or nightcrawlers, whichever worm source it was from) …

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What to feed Red Wigglers

When you’re breeding earthworms, it’s not enough that you provide them a nice and comfortable bin to thrive in. You should also be able to provide the right food supply to them. So, what to feed red wigglers then, you might ask? Read on further below to know more. What to feed Red Wiggler worms When you’re raising red worms, it’s best that you feed them only what is good for their diet. There are certain organic wastes that they can eat, and also can’t eat. So, you really have to be very knowledgeable about what to feed them with. So feeding them, comes with a little bit of care and maintenance as well. Feeding red wigglers is actually simple. You’ll just have to feed them decomposing organic wastes, that have been cut or chopped into smaller pieces already; and are then buried under the ground (to sway away from unwanted visits from pests and to also avoid odor build-ups). Moving forward, the best thing that you can feed your red wigglers is animal manure. Only feed them something that has been days old already; and have been produced by vegetable eating animals, like rabbits for example (manure from pets are not as healthy especially for worm consumption). Aside from animal manure, you can also feed them the following organic wastes: Crushed Egg Shells – adds that much needed grit for the worm’s digestion. It also provides calcium, helps in the worms reproduction, and also helps in increasing the pH …

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Red Wiggler worms’ Life Cycle and stages

You know those slimy red worms that you use when your composting organic scraps in your yard? Well, they’re scientifically referred to as Eisenia Foetida. Red worms go by this name, and others more like Tiger worms, Manure worms, and Red Wriggler worms. Red Wiggler worms life cycle and stages can differ for each, as factors like a moist environment and overfeeding can either prolong their lifespan or not. To learn more about this worm species, you can read further below. Red Wiggler worms start out as cocoons (contains about 4 to 6 baby worms only), and begin with the Egg stage. When adult worms give birth or deliver worm eggs, their eggs will typically be in a grape seed-like size. So you can imagine how tiny it can be. But aside from that, these eggs will usually go through an incubation process of 23 days (more or less); and will then change its egg case color from golden yellow to maroon-like. These will then start to probably hatch after 3 to 4 weeks. Now after the egg stage, comes the Juvenile (young) stage. Baby worms at this point (after hatching out of their eggs) will start out with no reproductive organs but will be able to develop it after some time. They will also be just about half an inch in length size, and can be no thicker than four human hairs combined. Although they can start eating heavy already, they can be immediately used for vermicomposting. To learn …

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Composting 101: Organic Composting

Organic composting is one of the best ways in minimizing land fill accumulation. Not only that, composting food scraps from your kitchen or yard can also be a good way to recycle. This home composting process will also allow you to produce your own natural fertilizer, which can be used for your lawn or garden. It’s really easy to make and use, and is definitely packed with a load full of nutrients. You can do your own composting at home by simply preparing the following materials: compost pile/bin, some food scraps from your kitchen (make sure that these doesn’t contain meat, poultry, or dairy stuff as not to attract unwanted pests), some grass clippings, dried leaves, sawdust, paper towels or newspaper, a pitch fork or a garden hoe. Your first step is to put your outdoor composter in a place a bit away from the house, in the shade and under shelter such as a tree, bushes, shed or overhang. After this, add then your organic scraps from the kitchen and/or lawn into the compost bin. In addition to the previously mentioned organic scraps, you can also put in organic stuff like vegetable and fruit peels, bread, coffee grounds, tea bag filters, tea leaves, and some pulled weeds (just to name a few). Composting bins should be watered afterwards, but put in just the right amount. The contents of your bin should always be kept moist and not soggy wet. Make sure that you use water that is chlorine-free. But …

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Handy Tips for raising worms

Raising worms is easy, and you can even make a hobby out of it. Other than that, several worm breeders also get to make a profit out of selling these as well. There is a big demand for this in organic farming, as earthworm composts have been continuously used as a natural fertilizer for plants and soil. Either used for personal use or for business means, here are a few handy tips when raising these slimy but wonderful creatures. To get you started on your worm breeding project, you must first prepare the following things: a vermicomposting bin, some organic materials (as food supply to your worms), as well as some soil, or sand. Now after you’ve prepared all these, you may now get on with your project. So the first step to this project is deciding what earthworm type to raise. There are a lot of earthworms to choose from, and some of the most well-liked earthworms are the Red Wiggler worms, and the African Night Crawlers. The red wrigglers are usually the worms that are small in size, and is typically the easiest type to breed. The African Night Crawlers on the other hand, are the largest in size; and are usually the ones that are used for catching fish on bait. Moving forward, you can either find these worms on your own or purchase them at a local store near you (you’ll also be able to find some online). You’ll be able to find these being sold …

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Interesting Facts about Vermicomposting

Have you always been interested with vermicomposting but have never tried it before? Well, why not start now. Not only will you help mother nature in recycling your daily organic wastes, you also get to work on some very interesting organisms. To learn more, here are some remarkable facts about Vermicomposting. Vermicomposting, also known as worm composting, is a process that saves you money, recycles your organic wastes, and is also eco-friendly. This natural way of composting organic wastes is a process that involves the use of worms, and of other beneficial microbes. These worms then turn your organic scraps into a quality-made, and nutrient-filled compost (this by-product is also known as worm castings or worm manure). Worm castings help your plants and soil be at their best conditions, as these worm castings can be made into an organic fertilizer for your garden (it has an earthy smell to it); and as a soil conditioner for improving soil structure (water retention will improve). Now when it comes to what kind of worms to use, don’t use the ordinary garden worms for composting. These regular soil and garden worms will surely die if you were to use and place them inside an indoor worm bin. You should choose to use Red Wigglers for worm composting (also known as Eisenia Fetida, tiger worm, manure worm, red worm, red wiggler, brandling worm, or manure worm), since they are the best composting worms for the job; and not only that, they are the most …

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Can Worms See?

No, red worms do not have eyes. They are very sensitive to bright light. They will try to hide as soon as exposed. Where is the mouth? The worms mouth is in the first anterior segment. There is a small protruding lip just over the mouth, called prostomium. When the worm is foraging, this lip is stretching out. The prostomium is for sensing food. Do they have teeth? Red Worms have no teeth for chewing food. They grind food in their gizzard by muscle action. How do they grind food? Red Worms can only take small particles in their small mouths. Microorganisms soften the food before worms will eat it. Compost Worms have a muscular gizzard. Small parts of food mixed with some grinding material such as sand, topsoil or limestone is ingested. The contractions from the muscles in the gizzard compress those particles against each other, mix it with fluid, and grind it to smaller pieces. If a worm is cut in two, will it grow back? It depends on where the cut took place. If a worm is cut at the posterior end, sometimes a new tail will grow back on. Sometimes a second tail will appear next to a damaged tail. However, the posterior half of the worm can not grow a new anterior (head.) What Are The Other Critters In My Composting Worm Bin? What Are The Other Critters In My Worm Bin? Once your composting worm bin has been going for a while, you may …

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