Composting Red Worms<br>(1 lbs. or about 1000 worms)
Composting Red Worms

Composting Red Worms
(1 lbs. or about 1000 worms)

$33.95
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  • 1
  • $33.95
  • 2 - 4
  • $31.95
  • 5 - 9
  • $29.15
  • 10+
  • $28.55

Composting Redworms


Worms are the cheapest laborers that you will find to help you in your efforts to improve the composition and fertility of your garden's soil. They are efficient and excellent at converting your kitchen and other organic waste into a perfect plant food. Worm castings, the nice term for worm poop, are a great organic plant fertilizer.

"That's what organic gardening always comes back to:
feeding the soil and the rest takes care of itself"
1

Worms are the organic farmer and gardener's best friend. "Through their feeding and burrowing activities, worms can affect the decomposition of organic litter, modify soil microbial communities, and alter the structure and porosity of the soil, thereby profoundly influencing the availability of nitrogen in the soil".2

By converting organic matter such as kitchen waste, lawn clippings, newspaper, cardboard, dried leaves and animal manure into castings, worms dramatically reduce the amount of time needed to break down organic waste and return nutrients to the soil from months and years to a matter of days.

"Earthworms are intimately involved in the cycling of C & N in soil"5

Without the help of worms, "Under normal conditions, the majority of organic material is decayed in three or four years, releasing its nitrogen into the available N forms".3 A redworm (Eisenia foetida) consumes about their body weight per day in organic waste. One-thousand redworms roughly equal one pound. One pound or one-thousand redworms can convert three to four pounds of organic matter into castings each week!

The publication entitled, "Earthworm Castings as Plant Growth Media,"4 noted that many of the nutrients in waste materials (including nitrogen, potassium, calcium, and magnesium), when processed by worms, are changed into forms more readily taken up by plants. The results:

  • Seedling emergence of tomatoes, cabbage and radishes were much better in a vermicompost/peat mixtures than in the thermophilically-composted animal wastes, and performed as good, and usually better, than commercial plant growth medium.
  • In addition, several ornamental species planted in vermicompost mixtures flowered much earlier.
  • Even as low as five percent vermicompost in the vermicompost/commercial mixture had profound effects on plant growth.4

Shipping Information:

Because worms are living creatures, we can only fill orders to addresses within the continental United States that receive service from the U.S. Postal Service. Please include a street address where someone can accept them (they will die sitting in hot or freezing mail boxes). Your order will be placed at the farm to reserve your place in the queue and based upon supply and demand, orders are usually filled within one to two weeks.

Worms are shipped using U.S. Priority Mail on Mondays and Tuesdays. According to the post office, you should generally receive them 2 to 3 days after they are mailed. Please note that shipping is suspended for postal and major holidays when the mail delivery speeds are slowest.

So glad I started on this venture!
I got a "worm condo" with 1,000 red worms to start. Six months later I had so many worms I got a second one going. Now I harvest the rich castings to feed to my garden promoting beautiful, healthy veggies and flowers year around. So glad I started on this venture!
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Reviewed by:  from Central Florida. on 5/7/2017
5/5
Babies
I wasn't expecting to get baby worms. They were all less than 1 - 1.5 inches long. No idea how long it will take them to grow into adult worms. Hopefully not very long or I will need to get some more soon so they can keep up.

VSC NOTES: Thank you for the review. Under favorable conditions, redworms mature, from cocoon to sexual maturity, in about 30 days. Once they begin mating, they can prroduce two cocoons per week. Again, under favorable condtions, about three worms will hatch from each cocoon in around 20 days. The average lifespan of a worm is two years and since they actively reproduce, worm populations can double every three months. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Indiana. on 5/8/2015
5/5
Worth the trouble
This was my first time with composting. The worms I ordered were for an indoor bin. The box that came was loaded with worms and an info sheet. Read the sheet before doing to much of anything else! Especially if you have a water softener. Months later, my worms are happy and have doubled in numbers!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Valparaiso, IN. on 8/16/2014
5/5
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