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Jack of all Wiggly Trades: the Many uses of the Red Wiggler Worm

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

You’re doing your yard maintenance and have checked on the red wiggler worms in your bin. You may need to buy some more to replenish the few you had lost over the winter months, or maybe you want to expand the size of your compost bin. Or maybe, your red wigglers are doing just fine in your bin… there are still a slew of uses and reasons to buy more red wiggler worms.

A hearty and exceptionally versatile breed of worm, red wigglers are a sound investment for any of the following uses, as well as worm composting, of course:

  1. Sport Fishing
  2. Attracting Wild Birds
  3. Feeding
  • Pet Birds
  • Turtles
  • Iguanas
  • Aquarium Fish
  • Pond Fish
  • Salamanders
  • Snakes
  • Frogs
  • Raising
  • Trout
  1. Nourishing
  • Gardens (Bigger Tastier Veggies)
  • Lawns (Greener Healthier Grass)
  • Flower Beds (More Colorful Blooms & Stronger Stems)
  • House Plants
  • Hanging Plants

No matter what you need them for, order your red wiggler worms today!

Red Wiggler Worms’ Diet

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Diet is very important for your vermicomposting worms.  Though they are naturally eaters of organic wastes, they also have restrictions.  As a wormer, you are not allowed to give lesser or more than what they can consume.  Otherwise, your worms will just die and your vermicomposting adventure will just go to waste.

Organic materials like coffee grounds, tea bags, grass cuttings, fruit peelings, vegetable and other kitchen scraps, crushed egg shells, bread and other biodegradable wastes are best for the worms.  Composting worms particularly Red Wiggler worms also love to feed on cardboards, newspapers, magazines and fruits such as pumpkin and watermelon.  However, with all the foods mentioned above, there are also things to remember.

First, if you are to feed the worms with fruits, remember not to give them with the acidic ones like that of citrus.  With kitchen scraps, avoid oily foods.  Do not also feed them with dairy products, bones and fresh manure.  Rabbit manure will do as it is rich in nitrogen but other than that, there should be no other manure added. And to make the process easier for the worms, be sure to cut their foods into pieces.  For the newspapers, magazines and cardboards, you have to strip those into 1 inch wide.  Another important reminder when it comes to feeding the worms, do not immediately provide them with organic materials for their first 2-3 days in the bin because they are still adjusting.

Now to complete their diet, give them the right amount.  Red Wigglers are heavy eaters but they can never go beyond their body weight.  They are only able to eat half or as much as their body mass.  Giving them too much food won’t do anything extraordinary.  This will just cause bad odor and may even lead to something worse.

How to Raise Red Worms Effectively

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

many red worms in dirtYou do not want to make a mess when you raise your Red Worms, do you?  So to make things easier for you, you should then be geared with all the knowledge that you need in order to effectively increase the number of your worms (which by the way can be used as fishing baits and composting worms).

First thing that you have to consider is the worm bin.  You can buy commercial worm bins or you can do it on your own.  It is important that you drill holes in the lid, at the bottom and at the side of the container to allow air inside.  Also, see to it that the container that you’ll use is not transparent.  When it comes to bedding, have your newspapers and magazines cut into strips then soak them into water.  It’s your responsibility to maintain the acidity level (6.5 PH) inside the bin and a temperature of 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit.  Red Worms neither love to dwell in dry nor soggy places.

The Red Worms’ diet is as important as their home.  If one is defective, you may not have the best result.  You actually won’t encounter much problem with their foods.  Red Worms are heavy feeders of organic materials so even your kitchen scraps, grass cuttings, coffee grounds and tea bags will do.  Just make sure that you do not feed them with dairy products, fish, meat, fresh manure and bones.  Acidic fruits like citrus are also not good.

If you give them grass clippings, see to it that those were not previously sprayed with chemicals. With kitchen scraps, avoid giving them oily foods.

There it goes: the home, acidity level, temperature and the diet thing.  If all are carefully executed and maintained, you are sure to have healthy Red Worms!

Using Worm Farm Kits

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

worm farm kitWorm farm kits are very useful especially for those who are still new in vermicomposting. The materials provided in every kit will suffice to gear you towards the work of worm composting.  While you get all the information and pertinent instructions through the internet, it is still most recommended that you acquire a worm farm kit to make learning easier and more enjoyable.

There are different stores that offer different kits.  Each of course varies in prices.  It is advised that you buy the simplest one because choosing a complicated kit would also complicate your learning.  Don’t just pick what you think is good because you might get the kit for professionals.

If you already have the simplest or starter kit with you, make sure to read the instructions very well.  The worms are already given (mostly Red Wiggler worms are given as they are the most recommended composting worms) together with the bedding, bin and everything that you need in having a worm farm at home.  Your routine would usually be just feeding the worms because everything is already provided.  This is good because you save time and at the same time you get the chance to see how the process works.  You’ll be able to observe how worms burrow and how organic materials are converted into nutrient-rich fertilizer.

At first, this may just seem to be a hobby on your part but as you go along, you may realize that vermicomposting can really be more than just fun and enjoyment.  Once you’ve mastered how it works through your worm farm kit, then you’ll be more than ready to venture in this activity.  Who knows, this will also be your business in the future.  For now, you just have to be content with a worm farm kit and learn to do the process by heart.

Buy Composting Worms

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Buy Red wiggler wormsYou probably have all the choices by now.  Well, you actually don’t need to search the internet when looking for the best composting worms in town.  It has been obvious and those who are really into worm composting can testify that the best breed is the Eisenia Fetida also known as Red Wiggler worms.  While there are also different kinds of composting worms like the European Night Crawlers, Red Wiggler worms still stand out among the rest because they have special characteristics that others do not have.

When buying, you have to take into consideration the burrowing capability of the worms.  This is important in the aeration of the soil.  You also have to consider the worms’ eating ability.  Well, you are doing vermicomposting so it means that the more organic materials are consumed, the more organic fertilizers are produced.  With Red Wigglers, you get all these things effortlessly.  They are able to dig up to 2 inches making the soil more fertile.  Red wiggler worms are also heavy eaters of scraps because they can consume half or even as much as their body mass.  Another advantage of Eisenia Fetida is their ability to multiply in just 1-3 months given the proper nutrition and environment.  You also won’t have to worry about  the environment because your kitchen sink and your garage would be best for your composting worms.

Now if you are wondering where you can get these worms, it’s also easy.  Because of the popularity of these composting worms, you can get easily find those in the market.  You may also buy from those who own stables or from farmers.  So if you are already thinking of starting your own vermicomposting and you have everything set except for composting worms, think no more. Buy Red Wiggler worms and have a good vermicomposting adventure.

Using Red Wiggler Worms as Bait

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Red Wigglers worm seem to be so delicious for the fishes.  Though a bit smaller as compared to European Night Crawlers, Red Wiggler worms are as irresistible as the former because of its physical attributes.  You just have to learn the right technique and the right procedure in using Red Wiggler Worms as baits in order for you to catch your target fish.

Red Wiggler Worms as BaitThe most common mistake of those who go for fishing is the unequal size of their hook and their worm.  Fishes are also wise; they can easily detect whether someone is after them or not.  To deceive them, you have to make sure that your hook and your Red Wiggler worm is of the same size.  This will give the fish the notion that what’s in front is just a food.  This will further give you a better chance to get what you want because if you have a bigger worm and a smaller hook, what may happen is that the fish will only nibble on the worm until it eventually dies.  Remember that fishes do not like dead baits.

When ready, slowly sink the hook in the water.  Do not worry about your bait because Red Wiggler worms do not easily die once they are already in the hook and submerged into water. When you feel that the fish is already there, do not immediately raise the hook.  Allow more time for the fish to play with your worm.  You don’t also have to worry about your worm sliding from the hook because the Red Worm’s skin will keep its body from falling.  And when you feel that it has already bitten the bait, go and do what you have to do.

There are times when the fish, even while you’re already pulling the rod up will try to run away from you.  Well, that’s normal.  Do the process again and again.  Fishes are also not good on handling temptations so the more you lure them with your baits, the more that you get the chance of catching them.

Red Wiggler Worms for Garden

Monday, March 29th, 2010

red wiggler worms for your gardenYour garden wouldn’t look any better without organic fertilizer.  Aside from being chemical free, organic fertilizer also provides plants with nutrients that are really good for your family’s health.  Talking about organic, one way to have it as by vermicomposting through the use of Red Wiggler worms.

Red wiggler worms are very famous as composting worms.  The fact that they are voracious eaters of organic materials is already something.  They can consume as much as their body weight which means that the more they consume, the more wastes are converted to dark and nutrient-rich byproduct.  Red worms are also not choosy when it comes to food.  You can make them happy even with just your kitchen scraps and grass cuttings.  Just be careful in giving them foods that are with oil, insecticides or pesticides because it will surely lead to your worms’ death.  Also, be careful with your worm bin’s location because they only prefer moist environment.  A temperature of 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit would be perfect.

Another advantage that Red worms have is their ability to dig deeper into the soil.  They can burrow up to inches deep which makes the soil even more fertile.  It also improves the aeration of the soil.  When they have already produced their castings, the more that you can admire the characteristics of Red Wiggler worms.  Their waste is your benefit.  When those castings will be applied in your garden, your plants are sure to get the right nutrients.  In case you want the nutrients to be made available immediately, you can make a compost tea out of the castings and spray it directly to your plants.  This will help your plants’ water and nutrient holding capacity strengthened.  An organic fertilizer will also ensure that leeching is reduced so you will be worry free if you maximize the product of Red Wiggler worms.

So if you are really after a garden that is 100% healthy, raise Red Wiggler worms, do vermicomposting and enjoy the unlimited benefits of your vermicompost. The time and effort that you will invest will all come back to you abundantly.

Raising Red Wiggler Worms for Fishing

Friday, March 26th, 2010

handful of composting worms

handful of composting worms

Red wiggler worms can be used for different purposes.  First, they can be used for gardening because their worm castings are perfect organic fertilizer for the plants.  The castings can also be made as compost tea which will be sprayed directly to your crops.  Raising this kind of composting worm can give you nothing but benefits.  If in case you don’t have a garden of your own and you are fond of fishing, good news because Red Wiggler worms are perfect as fishing baits.

When you want to have a good catch, we recommend that you raise your own Red Wiggler worms.  It’s easy so you won’t be burdened at all.  First, set up the worm bin.  You may want to buy commercial bin if you don’t have time to make your own but if you want it to be homemade, just use a plastic container that has a lid and is not transparent.  Drill some holes at the side and bottom for drainage and aeration.  You can use your old newspapers, magazines and cardboards for the bedding.  Cut those into strips and don’t forget to soak them into water but make sure that they are not too soggy.  Once the bin is set, you may carefully place the Red Wiggler worms inside.

Maintain the bin properly.  Food and temperature is very important so you have to be careful on those things.  Organic materials like kitchen scraps (free from oil), fruit peeling, grass cutting (those that were not sprayed with insecticides and pesticides only), tea bags, coffee grounds and more would be good for them but dairy products, meat, fish and fresh manure wouldn’t do them any good.  Temperature should also be at 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit and the bin should be located in an area that is not too hot or too cold.

In just few weeks, your red worms will multiply.  You can already have irresistible baits and the good thing about Red Wiggler worms is that they do not immediately die when placed in the hook.  This will give you time to lure your fishes.

What not to feed Red Wigglers

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

eat wormsIf you are to pursue worm composting, you should familiarize the likes and dislikes of your composting worms.  Red Wiggler worms are not really choosy but one mistake may lead to their death.  Perhaps you already know the temperature that they need the location, the bedding and all.  This time, you have to know the foods that would irritate and make them happy.

Basically, Red Wigglers thrive in organic materials.  They enjoy eating dried leaves, shredded newspapers, cardboards, magazines, grass clippings, tea bags, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, fruit peelings and bread.  They can eat half or as much as their weight.

However, you should take note that these composting worms have restrictions too.  Though organic material, you cannot feed them with the wastes of your pets.  You are also not supposed to give them metals, chemicals, insecticides, paint, oils and plastics.  Those insecticides and pesticides are of course not directly given to them.  Often times, the grass clippings which you know are organic have been sprayed with those chemicals.  Oils and salts on the other hand are usually present in cooked foods.  Meat and dairy products are also not good for the worms.  Meats and bones of animals are actually good but the problem is, once these are given to worms, they may be smelly and in the end invite insects in the bin.  These foods are also hard to eat.  In vegetable scraps, avoid giving them cabbage, onions and garlic because these contain limonene.  Fruits that are acidic like citrus and pineapple are also not good for the worms

Foods are really important for the Red Wiggler worms.  If given proper nutrients through those foods, there won’t be any problem at all.

Red Wigglers for classroom

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Red Wiggler wormsYou now have the ability to influence your students about going green. With vermicomposting, you can easily demonstrate how they can help manage wastes.

The process is simple. Just prepare a worm bin with drilled holes to allow aeration and prepare the bedding (you can use shredded old newspapers and magazines). Make sure that the bedding is always moist. After this, show the kids the Red Wiggler worms. It may at first be “yucky” for them but we know how playful kids are. Soon, they’ll get used to it. Explain to them all the environmental benefits of doing the process so students will have a better understanding about vermicomposting. You can ask some volunteers to carefully place the Red Wiggler worms in the bin after the explanation.

Once the worms are settled in their home, encourage interaction. You can ask them to bring fruit peelings, vegetable scraps or any organic materials to feed the worms (organic wastes from the school canteen will also do). Make sure that you always supervise the students. Red Wiggler worms can only eat half or as much as their body weight so you should not go beyond that. Otherwise, the worms may die or other insects may go inside the bin. See to it also that no dairies or animal leftovers are fed to the composting worms. Always maintain a moist environment and a temperature of 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

While doing the whole process, let children raise questions about the activity. They will for sure be curious about many things so be patient in answering all of those. You can also ask them to research or have some mind quizzes about what you have just done. That way, the learning process will be fun.

After around six weeks, you and the kids can already harvest the worm castings. You can use your harvest in the school garden so the students will also see how everything really works. With Red Wigglers in the classroom, you can already teach math, science, biology and most importantly, environmental awareness among the students.