Things to know before buying red wigglers online

It will be advantageous for any composter newbie to be informed of the know-how’s of buying red wigglers online. Red wiggler worms aren’t usually seen crawling from underneath the garden, as these are reared in specialized areas such as farms (thus the terms worm farm or worm ranch). And now that many people are already into vermicomposting, it’s also expected that many people will also be into selling worms for a profit. Now most reliable merchants will be found selling on actual sites (local worm farms), as some prefer to sell their goods on the web. So to avoid being swindled with the wrong kind of worms, it’ll be best to practice with caution as well. You can get more valuable tips on buying red wiggler worms online by reading further of this article. Tip 1: It pays to read up on the online stores testimonials There will be countless of stores catering to the sale of compost worms; and you will be free to choose which of these to buy from. But before you go right ahead into purchasing your supply of red wiggler worms, start by reading up on the company’s testimonials. Feedbacks from previous customers can come in handy. So check whether there are more positive responses from the negative reactions (if there are any). The reliability of a company can also be seen in this point of view (it’s important to know how the company works with its customers). You can also get referrals from trusted …

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Raising worms to use as live fishing bait

Going on fishing trips can be quite exciting, especially if you’re very passionate about it. Take for example the people who make a living out of fishing, like Fishermen. These fishermen will always have their need for the right tools to get their daily catch. They will need their line, their hook, and of course, their fish bait. Now when it comes to any live fishing bait, the number one product that is used for this kind of activity are typically red wigglers or nightcrawlers. You won’t be surprised that many people are already raising worms so that they may be able to offer avid fishermen with their daily needs, for very affordable prices. A Fisherman and a Worm Composter Any one can actually go into nightcrawler or red worms composting, so why not fishermen too? You just have to imagine yourself as a fisherman, and picture how things should run for you. Since buying worms to use as bait can also be costly on your end (especially when the need to fish is done on a regular basis), it would also be a great idea to raise and breed your very own supply. In this way, not only will you be using your own produce, you can also be assured that the live bait worms that you’ll be using have also been raised well. So if you think both types of work are not in line, just remember that a fisherman can also be a worm composter. Being both …

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Production of Worm Castings: How valuable is it?

Did you know that worms are capable of creating an organic fertilizer product? Yes, you’ve ready it right! Worms are not only good when it comes to breaking down decomposing organic scraps (scraps that are regularly accumulated from your yard or kitchen). They’re also great when it comes to turning these raw materials into a valuable source of compost. Application of worm castings on your garden or farm can offer your plants and soil with nutrients and more. Read more from this article to find out why castings from worms are priceless. Castings – Priceless but very inexpensive to obtain Worm castings compost is priceless but not in the monetary sense. So how to go about this? Well these are actually very cheap to obtain since you’ll only need a batch of worms, a composter, bedding materials, and some organic food for your start-up. You’ll just have to give the proper care and maintenance that these worms need, and you’re off to doubling the breed of your worms in no time. In this case, you’ll no longer have to worry about buying your new stock of worms as these soil creatures are also capable of reproducing quickly (you’ll be able to see newborn worms in more or less 6 weeks). Castings – Priceless and Profitable Just imagine a double in numbers. It will only mean more worms and more opportunities for harvesting worm castings. But did you know that you can also sell your worms as fish bait to fishermen, …

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Common Household Pests inside the Worm Bin

Fruit Flies, Fungus Gnats and Maggots in compost You will experience some common household pests inside your worm bin should you neglect it over time. Along the way, you may also be able to encounter annoying insects such as fruit flies, fungus gnats or even maggots in compost. So you might want to give your worm bin, and of course your worms some regular care and maintenance. You will certainly need to do this to help you keep your worm composter free from pests. Know these insects in more detail by reading more from this article. Pests are typically drawn to the smell of wastes These insects are usually drawn to wastes that are packed with nitrogen, all the more when it’s the decaying kind. Let’s take flies for example. When they do find something that attracts their sense of smell, they immediately look for this. Now if it happens to be your fully exposed red wiggler worms composter, then you’re in trouble. The adult fly will surely find organic scraps that it can gorge on, and will eventually leave its eggs on your compost. Now if you haven’t noticed this yet, and time passes by, their eggs will hatch, and will then turn into maggots. These young insects will then eat your compost. As easy as that. So one word of advice though: Always keep your worm composter closed. Your compost worms will also be grateful for that. Pest # 1: Fruit Flies Fruit Flies are typically the ones …

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Using Eggshells in Vermicomposting

Aside from selected organic kitchen scraps and garden wastes, crushed eggshells also play a vital role when it comes to worm composting. Not only can it be used as food for your compost pals, it can also be included as an added material for your worm bins bedding. You can learn a lot more from this versatile ingredient by reading more of this article. Eggshells as food for composting worms Composting worms can absolutely be fed with crushed shells from eggs. You should know that compost worms will eat just about anything that’s organic (all except meat, seafood, poultry, dairy, oily, or spicy stuff). Aside from egg shells, you can also feed them scraps from your kitchen (fruit or vegetable peels, coffee grounds, old and stripped carton boxes, used tea bags) or garden (dried leaves, grass clippings, presoaked peat moss, coconut coir, twigs, barks).   How to apply eggshells inside the worm composting bin Amongst other organic wastes, shells from eggs can be buried in the ground or sprinkled (you can pulverize the shells to make it more finer for sprinkling) on top of the bedding. Make sure that when you crush the shells, egg residue isn’t left over. You can also ensure this by drying it out first before mashing the shells into pieces. Now, if you happen to put in too much fruit scraps inside the bin (which may likely cause the bin to become from acidic later on), you may neutralize the bedding by sprinkling some of …

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Teach the Children Well: Composting Education for Future Generations

While composting is definitely picking up steam as a household practice, it’s far from being the norm than the anomaly. That being said, to keep the momentum building, we need to turn to our next generation’s attention to compost as a part of their daily lives. The DailyIowan recently reported such a plan, by Scott Koepke, a native Iowan who handles a part-time schedule teaching students about the practice, joy and gooshy-wiggly goodness of composting. Read entire article here. It’s not hard to imagine getting most school-age kids interested in digging in dirt and playing with worms. Add to it playing with food, and you’ve just about elevated the action to kids idea of Nirvana. To teach your toddlers or school kids about composting, get a sturdy bin, layer it halfway with compost materials and worms, then go through the process from table to compost bin that you would normally follow. Let the kids scrape the plates into the compost caddy, dump it into two piles of greens or browns and layer it into the bin for the red wiggler worms to munch. While they’re following the motions, tell them the purpose of each step, how the worms make the compost, what the result will be and why it’s good for the planet. Kids live hand on learning, and composting is no exception to that rule. The lesson will stick with them a lot longer than just reiterating “We should compost to save the planet”. If we take the same …

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QUIZ: Is your Yard Ready for Spring?

Finally, the weather has started to warm and the ground is thawing. Soon, buds will be popping out on trees and flowers blossoms will be bursting forth. Is your yard ready for the explosions of spring? Take the following quiz to be sure you’re ready to enjoy the spring. Have you prepped your yard for new growth with lime or other ph balancing products? Do you have sticks and rock debris around your yard that needs to be removed before you can aerate? Have you trimmed back any shrubs or plants that will bloom this year? (Rule of thumb: wait until after March 17th in the northern US to avoid frost threats.) Do you have spotty patches of grass that need seeding? Do you plan on investing in fresh mulch or wood chips for your garden and flower beds? (Be sure to weed before your lay it down.) Do you have tree branches that could use a trim? Have you checked on your red wiggler worms in your compost bin to see if they need a little TLC? Is your compost bin ready for the warm weather? (See how to check that here) Use these questions as a guide to get started on caring for your garden and yard this year and enjoy the coming spring!

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Spread the Word to Spread the Compost

Any good advertising is done by word of mouth. No matter how many ads, commercials, billboards (do people still use them?) or other forms of buzz building is used, nothing has the impact of over-the-fence or standing in the driveway chatter between friends and neighbors. Tom Watson, special writer with the Seattle Sun Times agrees, especially when it comes to compost. In a recent article, Watson faced the questions and curiosity that surrounds composting and requested that his readers “spread it around.” According to Watson, despite the continuous growth of the composting market, the movement simply is not happening fast enough. (read the entire article here) The final result, that rich, loamy, black and nutrient-filled compost, is not being utilized quickly enough or in enough areas of our communities to push the demand in the market. In other words, despite awareness and action on the part of many, the market is not exploding as it should due to a low demand. People (that compost) have enough compost for their yards, gardens, etc. Why speed up the process? Consider the effect of an entire community taking on the composting trend and making the whole town compost-oriented. Even as small borough of a few thousand people all composting and using the compost for their parks, school flower beds and yards and green fields, no matter what they harvest, would have an incredible effect on that local compost industry. Consider if 10 towns in every state did the same? The demand for compost …

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Benefits of Red Wiggler Worms for Composting

You’ve heard about red wiggler worms in your compost research, but is there really a difference between this large, red-colored worm variety and the typical garden worm you may find as you turn over your garden soil? Wouldn’t is just be easy to dig up those worms and use them in your bin to make compost? Short answer – no. Composting, while it relies on your worms eating and secreting, is hard work even for worms. Here’s why you need to rely on red wiggler worms to get the most out of your worm composting this year: Size Matters. When you’re considering a worm to use in your compost bin, then size really does matter. Depending on the amount of organic materials you have to put into your bin on a regular basis, the worms inside need to be able to munch through it quickly enough to maintain the pH levels in the compost bin. Keep in mind that when using red wigglers, you should maintain a ½ pound of worms for every cubic foot of bin space for optimum composting. Multiplication Nation.  How do you ensure ongoing success with your composting? You keep your worm ratio constant, that’s how. Red wiggler worms mature in 3 months, which means they can match up and begin making worm babies to ensure the future of your compost bin. Consider a bin with 500 worms at the outset, with an average of three cocoons a week and about 3 hatchlings per cocoon, one …

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Spring Garden Prep

In these last few days of March, there are still alot of signs of winter left in the yard. Still hard soil, little grass and only buds on trees and plants. This is the time, however, to take stock of what your yard will need to brighten up for the warmer weather. Even if the ground is still too hard to fertilize yet, it’ll be necessary to clean up the mess left behind by winter’s visit before your garden can begin to grow again. Survey your garden and remove the sticks, rocks and fallen leaves that cover your plants and bulbs. These materials make it harder for the rains that will come soon reach down to the roots of your plants, shrubs and trees. This rain is crucial to waking up your plants and giving them the shot of H2O they need to begin to bloom. Cleaning up your landscape also makes it easier for bulbs to reach out through the soil and makes it easier for you to assess what your garden will need come spring. Once you can see what you’re working with, test the ph levels in your soil to see if you need to increase or decrease the acidity. If you haven’t had your soil professionally tested in three or four years, have it done. Add an inch-deep layer of your composted materials, especially if you used tea, seaweed or fish remains in your pile. These materials can be as beneficial as commercial fertilizers for your garden, …

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