What Is Worm Composting And How Do I Do It?

  Worm composting also known as vermicomposting  is the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer. If you are already an avid composter then transitioning over to worm composting should be a relatively easy task. But even if you have never heard the term vermicomposting and barely understand composting, you can still vermicompost! Just follow along to see how easy it really can be!   In order to get started composting with worms you will need a few things: bin/container/composter/enclosed space bedding moisture/proper PH temperature control compostable matter worms   The first thing you will want to figure out when it comes to worm composting is where you are going to do all of this. Many people will start off with a simple plastic bin which you can pretty much get at any retail or hardware store. You will want to drill holes in the bin for proper ventilation and drainage. The bin can range in size based off  your composting needs but should be a depth of at least 6 inches for the worms. People have also used containers such as old bathtubs or freezers. However, if you have the money and would like a simple composter for your worms to do their thing you can invest in a composter specifically designed for vermicomposting. Popular composters include the Worm Factory 360 and the Can-O-Worms. Both of which are available through our site. These composters are great because they come with everything you need to set up your …

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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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Winter Options for Composting with Worms – Vermicomposting

Are you wondering what to do with your worms in the winter? The answer depends on where you live and your goals for your worm farm. Warm Climate Winters Do you live in a part of the world where winters rarely dip below 57 degrees Fahrenheit? If so, there is not much you need to do to prepare your worms for winter. Uncle Jim’s Red Wigglers are hardy enough that they don’t begin to slow down until temperatures regularly sink below that level. If you have a stretch of cooler weather, your worms won’t eat as quickly, so you may want to make things easier for them. You can “pre-chew” their food by running it through a food processor or blender, or simply chopping it into smaller pieces. You may need to feed them less. If winter means rain where you are, then you will need to protect your worms from flooding. If your worms are in a bin, make sure the drainage holes are not blocked and that the bin is not in an area where large amounts of water will fall into it.   Cold Climate Winters If winter means freezing temperatures where you are, then you have some choices to make. Do you want to preserve as many worms as possible and continue composting throughout the winter? If so, then your best bet is to move your worms indoors. The Worm Factory 360 footprint is only 18″ x 18″, and the bin can very often be tucked …

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Like Normal Composting, But Turbocharged

We recently stumbled across a great vermicomposting success story featured on Slate.com by Catherine Price of Philadelphia, PA. We thought it was a terrific success story and would like to share some of the highlights from her article. In it, she describes her dilemma of wanting to do the right thing by minimizing trash and being eco-friendly, but not having to deal with rotting food scraps. The Answer To The Dilemma Normal composting bins rely solely on microorganisms to break down food scraps. It’s a long process that requires active maintenance, but vermicomposting is a different story. It’s a faster process that requires less maintenance and the final product is far superior to traditional composting! So the answer to her dilemma was red wigglers from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. Catherine put it perfectly when she said, “Vermiculture is like normal composting, turbocharged”. Red wigglers are the greatest composters on earth! They’re pros at creating useable, fresh and nutrient-rich compost that can help your house plants and garden flourish. Composting with worms is the best way to make use of old food scraps. It feeds the worms, which in turn, gives you nutrient-rich castings (worm poop) that serve as compost. Around here, we call it Black Gold! It’s a step in the right direction in helping to take care of our environment! The Worm Factory Like some gardeners and plant enthusiasts out there, the thought of keeping up a worm farm with as many as 10,000 worms in it can be …

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Inside or Outside – Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has the Compost Bin for you

Does your compost bin have a little more ventilation than it needs (think stress cracks around the bottom)? Have your worms reproduced so much over the winter that they’re crushed for space in their compost bin home?  Maybe you’re just a beginner composter and need the right bin for your red wiggler worms. No matter the reason, Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has the indoor and outdoor compost bins you need to handle your composting needs. Check out the following indoor compost bin and outdoor bin options… Indoor Compost Bin The Worm Factory Features: Year-round production Odor Free operation Available in three, four or five tray options Expandable up to 7 trays Available in black & terracotta Easy to assemble and manage Built in “worm tea” collector tray and spigot for easy draining Includes a 16-page easy-to-use instructional booklet with photos and illustrations Comes with “Quick-Tips” lid for easy reference Houses eight to twelve thousand worms that consume 5-8lbs of food per week 5 year warranty on parts and workmanship Made in the U.S.A. Specifications: Available in black and terracotta models Measures 16″ x 16″ x 21″ for a 3 tray system, 3.5″ higher for each tray added Both black and terracotta models are made from high-quality post-consumer recycled plastic 3 Tray model weighs 14lb when empty Operational in temperatures between 45 and 95 degrees Included: Stacking Trays and Base “Worm Tea” Collection Tray Instruction Book Ventilation “Quick Tips” Lid 1 250gm Coir Brick Shredded Paper Spigot Various assembly screws, nuts and …

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