Worm Blankets and Lids: Best Coverings for Your Worm Bin

Composting with worms usually involves covering the bin to control moisture. Worms respond to their environment. If their world is too wet or too dry, they will be less productive and possibly even die. Composting with worms is a great way to turn kitchen and gardening scraps to into valuable fertilizer. One key to success is finding the best covering for your worm bin. Worm bins can be indoors or outdoors. Indoor composting systems are typically small, tray-based plastic composters, such as the Worm Factory 360 (which can also go outside). The Worm Farm Kit and bins made from plastic totes can be used indoors or outdoors. Outdoors composters can be tray-based, or large bins. These can be made from plastic, wooden pallets, lumber, or chicken wire. Coverings for Indoor Composters Indoor composters are not subject to the same temperature and

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Start Composting on Earth Day April 22

The best day of the year to start a composting program in your home, school or workplace is April 22. This is Earth Day, when we all show our support for environmental protection. Collecting organic trash and composting it helps the environment in many ways. And it’s easy to do! When you toss an apple core into the trash, it gets mixed in with all the other trash. In a few days, you have a stinky mess in a sealed plastic bag for the trash collector to pick up. The trash is either incinerated or put into a landfill. Burning mixed trash creates toxic gasses, and the resulting ash is handled as toxic waste. Landfills produce methane, a greenhouse gas. And landfills eventually come back to haunt us. If you put that same apple core into a composting

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The Benefits of Worm Castings on Garden Soil and Plants

If you are looking for a safer and better alternative to use as fertilizer as opposed to the chemical-based products made today, then you might want to use worm castings also known as vermicompost for supplementing your garden soil and plants. Castings from composting worms have been recognized as a natural fertilizer that is packed with a lot of nutrients and minerals. Worm castings contains minerals such as concentrated nitrates, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus. Worm castings are also a 100% organic fertilizer that can increase a plant’s yield, protect both soil and plants from diseases, and help the soil retain moisture. If you want a constant supply of worm castings than you should definitely consider starting your own little worm farm with Red worms. Red worms live and eat off of the

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A Simple Way to Make and Use Worm Tea

Worm tea is ultimately the end result of steeping worm castings or vermicompost in water. Worm tea is known mostly for its ability to boost microbiological activity in soil by adding bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, and protozoa to the soil. If you are already worm farming and have easy access to worm castings then making worm tea will be a breeze, or if you want to start a worm farm to reap the benefits of the castings we have you covered with our many options of worm kits.   Things you will need to make worm tea: Porous bag (Uncle Jim’s worm bag, old t-shirt, panty hose, cheese clothe, etc) dechlorinated water such as: rainwater, pond, or distilled water bucket ( 5 gallon will work) Worm Castings   First thing you will want to do is add your

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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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What To Not Feed Worms

If you’re looking for another reason to eat fresh and eat healthy, this may be it! Worms can eat pretty much any organic matter that was once living, which encompasses a lot of healthy food such as fruits, vegetables and grains! That’s a pretty good incentive to buy fruits and vegetables more often. Not only is it great for your health, it provides food for your small wiggly friends as well. One small problem some people run into is not having the appropriate food for their worms and trying to feed them food scraps on the non-approved list! If your eating habits include more processed food than organic food, then you may find some difficulty in coming up with enough organic matter to feed your red worms. We’d be talking about meats, dairy foods and processed foods of epic proportions here and an almost utter absence of fruits and veggies, so you probably don’t fall into this category! Perhaps the household in which a worm farm would thrive the most and find the greatest abundance of food is one that is vegetarian! This isn’t to say that people should avoid meats or dairy, or yummy desserts for that matter, but worms love organic food scraps so it’s always good to have a little on hand, and most people do. The more fresh fruits and veggies scraps you’re able to feed your worms, the better. Otherwise, your worms will have to settle for a steady diet of coffee grounds, dead flowers, …

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How To Catch Or Gather Worms

If you’re a fisherman, then you are in constant need of worms. While running to the local grocery store or gas station is an option, it isn’t always the most convenient or the cheapest! We have some alternative suggestions for you to try. It doesn’t take much time at all and it requires just a few things that you most likely already have laying around the house! You don’t need any special traps, bait or even a permit! If you aren’t a fisherman, no worries, worms are still fun to gather and they serve other purposes too. Cardboard Boxes Method Probably the easiest way to gather earthworms is to simply leave a flattened, wet piece of cardboard out in the yard overnight. This will attract the worms to the surface (for several reasons) and when you remove the cardboard, there will be loads of worms! Rainstorm Method During a rainstorm (or after), go out at dark and use a flashlight to locate nightcrawlers that are out roaming around. Earthworms like to surface when it’s wet out to take advantage of the wet conditions for traveling! Since worms must stay moist to survive, and since they are able to travel easier and farther distances above ground, worms prefer to surface when the sun is down and after a good rain storm. If you aren’t able to find many, use a shovel to dig into the ground. Then use your hands to break apart the wet soil and so that you can …

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National Learn About Composting Day

It might seem like there’s a holiday for everything nowadays, but the way we see it, the more the merrier! We can all learn new things. May 29 is National Learn About Composting Day and we want to take advantage of it by sharing some of the benefits of composting with you. Benefits of Composting 1. It’s eco-friendly. Instead of wasting those food, garden and yard scraps by throwing them in the trash, compost them! In the case of kitchen food scraps, you’ve already paid for them so put them to good use! Even if you don’t do any gardening, you’re bound to find a neighbor who does. You can offer your compost to them and they’ll love you for it. Who knows, maybe they’ll offer you some fresh garden tomatoes when they’re in season! 2. It’s cheap. The upfront costs of starting a worm farm don’t even come close to how much you’ll save by being able to produce your own rich compost. All you need is a bunch of food waste (which you already have anyways), an indoor or Outdoor Composter (which we offer at a competitive price) and a little bit of TLC. You can make Compost Tea with your compost materials and that will save you beaucoup bucks in and of itself. 3. It’s effective. Composting does many things. It provides rich nutrients to plants by feeding them, it helps keep the weeds down by protecting them, and it helps them get the water they need by retaining moisture in the …

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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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