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: Worm Bin Composting

Worm Bin composting come in different shapes and sizes. You can either build this on your own or purchase a commercial bin. So whichever of these choices suit your taste, these still need to pass a certain standard. Your preferred vermicomposting bin should be chemical-free, should have a good aeration system, and should be handy for use all year round. Of course, your type of earthworm to use should be factored in when maintaining compost bins such as this. You might be able to see a lot of worms in your garden, and you might think that these will do. Well, you’re wrong. Simply put, these garden worms will die if you were to put them inside a worm bin. So, you’ll need the right type of worm specie that can very well live in this type of setup, like Red Wrigglers for example. These red worms are able to adapt and thrive in an environment that is filled with decomposing organic materials. You can get a hold of these red worms from local bait shops near you, or have these shipped to you instead (there are several worm farms listed in the directory and online). So when you’ve found the right specie of earthworm to raise (red wrigglers that is), then you may very well proceed to setting up your red worm bin. So to start off, your worm composting bin should have a cool, and always moist bedding. You can put in your kitchen or lawn wastes by …

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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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Worm Composting with Red Wiggler worms

The best earthworm species for worm composting (also known as vermicomposting) are red wiggler worms. When compared to ordinary organic composting, worm composting is better because the worms used in this type of process gets to produce more. Its by-products are nutrient-filled; and is basically a hassle-free and an eco-friendly way for recycling organic wastes. Either way, you can compost with these fascinating red worms indoors or outdoors (paves the way for a year round of composting). And just like any living thing that seeks a comfortable place to live in, Red Wiggler worms are also in need of the same thing. So before placing your compost pals in your composting bin, you should be able to prepare their bedding first. A worm bedding is usually a pile of organic materials that the worms stay and thrive in. So start by gathering materials, and then mixing all these together. These organic materials can be in the form of dried leaves, some pre-soaked and shredded newspaper or cardboard, some shredded straw, some dried clippings of grass, and some days old animal manure (don’t use pet manure for this). Your worms will also eat the materials inside the bin. So what you can further do is to put in a few more organic wastes like fruit and vegetable peels, some broken egg shells, and coffee grounds. Also, put in two handfuls of soil or sand. These materials will help provide that much needed grit for the worms to be able to digest …

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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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