History Of The Worm Dance

You know worms are cool when humans imitate them at every party and celebration. Doing the worm is great for showing off at dance parties and it’s guaranteed to either make you look like a pro, or an idiot (in a good way). If you’ve never seen the worm before, you’ll definitely know it when you see it. A well executed worm literally makes you look like a worm moving across the floor. It’s fun to watch and brings a lot of laughter to the party. When performed properly, the worm advances you in a forward direction across the floor. The sure sign of someone not doing the worm the legitimate way is seeing them go backward instead of forward. Arms should be fully extended in front of you and thrust downward for greater height. History Of The Worm Move The worm is often associated with breakdancing. It became hugely popular during the 1970’s and remained popular throughout the 80’s, making appearances on stages at punk rock shows. These days, the worm is more of a spoof than anything which tends to draw a lot of laughter and high-fives. It’s extremely entertaining to watch, especially someone with good style. Smoothness and height are both key factors in doing the worm well. Some examples of how to do the worm and how NOT to do the worm can be seen below: Best Worm Win Worst Worm Fail Learning to do the worm takes a little courage and a lot of practice. We …

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Pros & Cons of Aquaponic Systems

Aquaponics is similar to vermicomposting in that they are both systems used to fertilize and grow plants, only aquaponics uses fish and vermicomposting uses worms! Aquaponics is a relatively new method that cultivates fish and plants by allowing them to work together, not against each other. It’s a brilliant approach to food production, one that deserves a little attention. We’d like to dive into aquaponics and explain to you vermicomposters the ins and outs of this interesting approach. We’d also like to talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of using aquaponics for gardening. Aquaponics As was mentioned earlier, aquaponics uses fish in its system to create nutrient-rich waste water that is pumped from a fish tank or IBC to a planter containing plants! Basically, you feed the fish, the fish feed the plants and the plants clean up the water for the fish! It’s one continuous cycle of greatness! Equipment You’ll Need There are some special types of equipment you’ll need if you’re interested in getting into aquaponics. You’ll need a planting bed that will hold 8-10″ of water with enough room for plants to be planted on the surface. As the roots grow, they’ll dangle freely in the water, having access to all the water they could possibly want. Of course, some plants do better without soil than others. You’ll also need a tank for fish! Most people use goldfish or talapia. This tank is where you will feed the fish. When the fish excrete waste, it …

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Composting Worm Reproduction: How Worms Reproduce

Healthy composting systems are home to some of the most prolific breeders around: the Red Wiggler. Knowing a little bit about how they mate and what the ideal mating environment is like will help you harvest more compost. Did you know that under favorable conditions, mature red worms can produce two to three cocoons per week? That’s a lot of baby worms, considering each cocoon will yield anywhere from 3-20 juvenile worms! If you want long-lasting sustainability, it’s important to keep your red wigglers comfortable and happy to encourage more reproduction. Let’s dive into how worms reproduce and what that can do for your vermicomposting system. How Red Wigglers Reproduce Most people already know that worms are hermaphrodites. This means that they have both male and female reproductive organs. However, they cannot reproduce alone. They must pair with another worm for successful reproduction to occur. When two worms mate, they join and begin secreting mucus to create a mucus ring around them. After a few hours the worms separate and lay eggs and fertilize the inside of the cocoon. The worms back out of the cocoon and it seals itself off, leaving an oval-shaped cocoon that hardens over time to protect the young hatchlings inside. After 11 weeks, the hatchlings emerge from the cocoon! Worms can’t reproduce just any time. Their bodies undergo changes as they grow older, and at around 90 days old they become old enough to mate. When a red worm reaches maturity, a bulbous gland appears about …

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Mealworms: A More Sustainable Source of Protein

Being prepared for tough economic times seems like a popular topic these days. One of the concerns a lot of people have is food prices and availability. What happens before every hurricane, earthquake and tornado warning? People flood the grocery stores and buy up all the food. Shelves can remain empty for weeks until new shipments come in and shelves are restocked. How will you get your proteins when you need them and they’re not available at the store? Not everyone has the real estate or ability to raise cows, chickens or crops. A Possible, Even Likely Alternative To Meat One good, sustainable way of growing your own source of edible protein is to start a mealworm farm. Mealworms are regarded as a possible candidate as the future alternative to meat. Why mealworms? They are highly nutritional. They are comprised of about 25% of protein and 12% fat. They aren’t bad tasting! In fact, there are many recipes out there for meal worm french fries, mealworm banana bread, oven-roasted meal worms that taste like roasted nuts, and they make a terrific garnish. Apparently, they are delicious sprinkled on a soup or covered in chocolate. They can be your main meal, a side dish, or dessert! Can’t beat that! They’re more environmentally friendly than cows, pork and chicken. This criteria was judged in terms of land usage, energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions. Mealworms only require 10 percent of the land that is used for the production of beef for the …

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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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