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Where can I buy Red Wiggler worms?

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Just when you have decided to start your first vermicomposting, you suddenly realized that you do not have the most needed material yet – Red Wiggler worms.  it is actually not a big problem.  This type of composting worms has been a “click” in the market that is why more and more people are in the business of raising it.  if you go through the internet, you’ll see an unending list of those who sell Red Wiggler worms.  some have different offers like free shipping, discount and all.  It is important that you are meticulous in choosing the right one.

First, you can consider the offers given by that particular store.  This will include the shipping method, the fee, discounts and more.  You also need to check on their reputation.  You cannot just risk your vermicomposting process because of a cheap price for Red Wiggler worms.  You should also check the condition of what you’re buying.  Should you be far from the store and you want the worms to be shipped in your place, ask how the Red Wiggler worms are packaged or shipped.  Will they be removed from their original bedding?  These and more factors are the ones that you have to consider.

Aside from buying composting worms online, you can also ask from your friends who used to buy Red Wigglers.  Surely, they have their trusted stores.

Going directly to a Red Wiggler worm raiser is as well good because you can directly see the worms.  There are those whose hobby is just to simply raise Red Wigglers so you can make a deal with them.  You can also visit your friends who have ranch or stable.  You can find them in the horse manure.  You may also want to visit a farmer who has a manure pile.  You just have to be familiar on how Red Wiggler worms look because there are also different kinds of worms there.

You do have a lot of choices on where to buy your Red Wiggler worms.  Make the best choice as the composting worms will determine the quality of your vermicomposting.

Worm Composting Tips: why worms climb to top of bin

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

You wouldn’t want your Red Wiggler worms to escape from your bin, do you?  Then, you should be aware of the circumstances that may trigger your worms from leaving you and from giving you an unsuccessful vermicomposting result.  Here are some of the pointers which you need to consider:

Where is your bin located?

Location for the composting worms is very important because this is where the temperature is measured.  They are supposed to be situated in a cool and shady place.  Bringing the worm bin to your kitchen sink or basement is recommended.  Should you want to place it outside, you can do so.  Just make sure that they will not be exposed in an environment that is too hot or too cold.  You are advised to maintain a 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit, otherwise, your worms will climb to the top of the bin.

What and how much food are you giving them?

Though Red Wiggler worms thrive on organic materials, they also have their preferences.  Giving them foods that are not really meant for them would mean disaster.  Meanwhile, these composting worms also eat half or as much as their body weight.  Meaning, you don’t give them more than that.  If you do, it may lead to the death of the worms or it may trigger them to leave!

Give them the right moisture

It isn’t enough that you have a worm bin.  Composting worms like Red Wigglers worms need a comfortable environment.  If the bedding is too wet or too dry, this will definitely irritate them.  Add more shredded newspapers if you think that you’ve put too much water and if it’s too dry then moisten it.

PH

Your bin should have the right Ph. It shouldn’t be too acidic or else, the worms will leave their home. So avoid putting things in your bin that are too acidic. Ph should be between 6.4 to 6.9.

These are the basic things that you need to put in mind if you really want to keep your composting worms intact in the bin.  If you are able to check all of these, you’ll also be able to see the smaller problems.

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.

Facts about Vermicomposting

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
handful of composting worms

handful of composting worms

Vermicomposting or worm composting is actually one of the most effective ways in obtaining a good natural fertilizer for your plants.  It is a process wherein decomposer organisms such as red worms would be working with organic wastes to come up with what we call the vermicompost.

So what are the facts that we actually need to know about this?

First, you need to know that the regular earthworms that we see in our gardens are not good for worm composting.  Red Wiggler worms should be used when you are planning to have one at home.

Second, vermicomposting has two main functions.  First is that it serves as a fertilizer and the second one is that it serves as a soil conditioner.  In fact, according to a researcher named Clive Edwards, its product will add plant enzymes like cellulase and phosphates.
Moreover, it also adds plant hormones like gibberellic acid.

Third, research shows that with our household wastes, 1/2- to 1/3 of them are actually organic.  Therefore, if everyone would consider worm composting, a huge amount of wastes will actually be used for something more beneficial.  When we say benefits, we are not only talking about environmental benefits but self benefits as well.  Why?  Simply because if you have a natural fertilizer for your garden, you are likely to have a good produce.

Fourth, it was found out that the level of pathogens like biosolid in waste materials are greatly reduced through the process of vermicomposting.

Do you also know why Red Wiggler worms (Eisenia foetida) are more preferred composting worms rather than the regular earthworms?  It is because these kinds of worms actually move stealthily for about 6 until 12 inches underground allowing them to be perfectly suited for compost.  Also, ordinary earthworms when added to an indoor worm bin may eventually die.

Another is that with these composting worms, you can be sure that there is no toxic substance in the soil.

Fifth, vermicomposting is already becoming a trend.  To give a proof to that claim, the City of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada actually provides the people with worm bins to encourage them.

Sixth, vermicomposting is not the typical “awful smelling” process.  You will no longer have to worry about your neighbor who may smell something that is not good in your premises.

Seventh, I believe you would want your composting worms to work properly, right?  If you do not have red worms yet, you may buy earthworms of this kind.  So once you have them, feed them properly, and give them a good temperature because they would normally prefer 55-75 degree temperature.  If you do this, your worms can multiply in just 90 days.

So see now how and why vermicomposting is something that catches everyone’s attention?  Aside from this is something that can be done easily at home, the benefits that we get from the process are more than the effort that we put into the work.

Experience and learn more fun facts about worm composting. The best way to do it is trying it out!

If you’re looking to begin with your worm composting adventure, our Worm Ranch Kit is a good start.

Worm Ranch Kit

Worm Ranch Kit

For $79.99 you’ll get:

  1. 2,000 Red Wigglers
  2. Starter bedding
  3. 6 month feed supply (Our special blend is sure to have your worms thriving!)
  4. Moisture retaining burlap
  5. Detailed Instructions
  6. 16” L x 22”H 11” H Plastic Container

If you’re serious about vermicomposting, this is the perfect worm composting kit for you. Read more details or order the Worm Ranch Kit here.

Do you have vermicomposting questions or problems? Share it with us here and we will answer it as soon as we can!

Tips for Worm Composting in the Fall with Red Wigglers

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Fall CompostingAll beatific visions, really, but exactly how do any of them apply to the gray-skied, brown grassed and hard-ground filled times of winter? Easy. It’s called preventative maintenance.

During the winter, there are ways to maintain your green lifestyle so you can more readily walk through your lush lawn and pick from your organic veggie garden come spring.

Here’s how:

Keep Your Eye on the Prize
When the winter cold gushes in leaving you indoors much more than out, more apt to be holding a cup of hot tea than your hoe or shovel, it’s still important to remember that your garden needs you to be green-minded.

If you have never had a compost pile before, then there’s no time like the present to begin one, freezing temperatures, snow and all. Indoor worm composting is a great way to create that dark brown, nutrient-rich soil your vegetables and fruits will thrive in. Contact us to learn more about indoor composting or see our products page for some indoor bin ideas. Don’t forget our Super Red Wiggler Worms, because indoor composting is only done with these little wrigglers. Your diligence will pay off come warm weather when your garden is hearty and bountiful.

ReDuce, ReUse, ReCycle?
Yup – Still Relevant in Winter

The winter months can lead to increased gas or oil usage for home heating, a fact that is tied to our extended fossil-fuel consumption as well as increased costs of living. In lieu of cranking up the heat when the wind starts to blow, try on that new sweater you got for the holidays or throw some blankets around to be grabbed during tv time. You can keep your heat lower and still be snuggly warm.

Continue recycling as usual and if possible, reuse paper plates and cups. Freezing water pipes can be a real issue during the cold winter months in some regions and paper and plastic consumption tends to rise. Reuse what you can and try to be mindful that each plate and cup is a little more of our natural resources being stripped away.

Like a Rolling Stone…
Continuing on with our plagiarized and clichéd headers, we know that idea of transportation during the winter can be a chore, too. However, there is no better time than winter to start that car pool you and your neighbor have chatted about over the fence for the last year or so. Reducing gas usage and wear and tear on your respective vehicles are great reasons to get to know your neighbor a little better. The clincher, in my opinion, is the 50% reduction in dealing with people on the road during your commute that panic over a dusting of snow and go ten miles and hour for four miles while you fret behind them. Grab your java, call shotgun, and snooze into the office.