Super Composting Redworms for Compost Bins
These dutiful little red wriggler champions (Eisenia fetidas) are raised specifically for worm composting. Abundant Earth has been offering
redworms for worm compost bins for over 14 years and we only offer you the best
to get you started with and to help you expand your existing worm composting
It takes about 3 to 4 months for worms to double their
population. The more worms you start with in your worm bin, the sooner you will
be composting and creating black gold worm castings for your gardens and
Fascinating Facts about Composting with
management and breeding of worms is known as vermiculture
one of nature's ultimate
They can live 15 years or
both male and female
can survive dry and
harsh conditions for long periods of time
They can be
bred easily at home or
They can be
used to recycle
organic waste from your kitchen into valuable fertilizer
which have a neutral pH (around 7)
castings increase the amount
of nutrients to your plants by up
castings increase crop and
increase the level of
essential microbial activity in the soil
consume their own body
weight in food every day
in population every 2-3 months (under ideal conditions)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Earth is happy to be able to provide this page of commonly
questions about worm composting, with answers gleaned from experts from
field of vermiculture. In this section, you will find answers and hints
will ensure the most efficient use of your worm composter .
should I feed my worms?
will eat many things, for example:
Left over vegetable scraps, fruit and vegetable peelings
Manures (well aged)
Tea leaves / bags and coffee grounds
Vacuum cleaner dust or hair clippings (also animal)
Torn up newspapers, egg or pizza cartons (soaked first)
Washed, crushed egg shells (these will help with the pH balance)
NOT add meat scraps or dairy products (no animal products)
shouldn't I feed my worms?
As mentioned above, it's important that you
DO NOT FEED your worms any form of meat or dairy products. Also, take
precautions in regards to the items you feed
worms, particularly if you are unaware of its source. Manures for
horses, cattle or dogs often have Vermicides still active in it that
designed to kill parasitic worms in the animal. They can kill all your
one day. We recommend you allow the manures to age before you use them. In
general, we do not recommend using manures from household pets/companion
much will my worms eat?
depends on how many worms you
have. Worms can eat up to half their own body weight every day and can
their population every few months. If you start your Worm-A-Way with
mature worms (identify mature worms by a distinct ring shaped swelling
their body) they will consume up to 1/2 a pound of scraps per day.
After a few
months you should have 2000 worms and you can feed them more. The baby
however, won't eat much and will take about 3 months to mature. As you
familiar with them you will learn their rate of food consumption.
can I help my worms to eat more?
will feed at a faster rate
once they have adapted to any new food source. Worms will also eat more
kitchen scraps are mashed, blended or food processed. Controlling
around 75 degrees F will improve the overall performance of your
will leave very acidic food such as onions and orange peels until after
have eaten their preferred foods. A handful of garden lime every few
help to balance the effect of acidic foods.
I feed my worms garden refuse?
usually. Your indoor worm composter is
designed to break down soft organic waste. Slow composting organic
as garden refuse are best dealt with by conventional aerobic composting
I get too many worms?
you can never have too many
worms. They self-regulate their population to the confines of available
and the amount of food you give them. Worm concentration should reach
(about 15,000 to 20,000 worms) after 2 - 5 years.
I put compost worms in the garden?
if you have a thick surface
layer of mulch in your garden. Compost worms require moist conditions
round because they don't tunnel deep like pasture worms to find
moisture. If you
cannot provide this environment in your garden, don't introduce compost
"brand new" worms seem unsettled, and are squirming all over the
place. Some are even escaping.
What's going on?
This crazy worm behavior is a normal phenomenon called
"worm run." It is fairly normal for the worms to "run" until
they get settled in, and it can take about a week for most of them to
do this and work their way towards the food.
You may have a few dried up escapees when you set up your worm bin, but
honestly, they do settle in time.
about severe temperatures?
will tolerate a wide
temperature range from about 50 degrees to 85 degrees F. If it gets
than this, make sure your worm composter is in a shady cool position. Take
off and hose the whole unit down, keeping the bottom drainage tap
turned on. If
you live in an area that suffers from frosts, put your worm composter in
warmest possible position, an example being your laundry, garage or
shed. If it
is on a balcony or in the backyard, then cover the unit with old
carpet padding or old blankets to keep some warmth in. Feed them a
food waste which will create some warmth as they decompose.
the little white worms in my worm composter baby earthworms?
baby earthworms are not white,
but clear to opaque, before developing a reddish color. They are just
this stage. The 'white worm' you are noticing is a type of worm called
entrachyadids. They will not hurt compost worms but they do indicate
conditions, which can be overcome by the regular addition of a handful
By placing a piece of moist bread in your Worm-A-Way, you can also
white worms to a small area for easy removal. It is important to note
organisms that may appear in your Worm-A-Way (such as large
minute red mites and large soldier fly larvae) are beneficial to the
of organic material, so there is no need to remove them.
you experience any influx
of maggots, it will most likely be the soldier fly or vinegar fly
soldier fly larvae grow up to an inch big starting out white but soon
dark gray with distinct ribbing bands. Fishermen say they make great
vinegar fly larvae are small, usually 1/4 inch or less. Don't be too alarmed if they appear. They
beneficial to the waste breakdown. If you want to remove them though,
do so by
liberally applying lime, or placing bread soaked in milk on the surface
compost. Larvae love bread and should infest it. Remove the bread after
and dispose of it.
the worms smell?
only smell associated with a
well maintained worm composter is a pleasant rainforest odor. If your
has an offensive smell, it is an indication that anaerobic bacteria
up in the system in uneaten food wastes. Stop feeding the worms and
wastes lightly with a garden fork adding lime as well.
aerates the organic material and allows worms to move through it more
Repeat this aeration procedure regularly to prevent recurrence. Start
again when all smells are gone.
During the hot Summer and cold Winter months, worm orders are
often held for weeks until temperatures are more moderate and worms are
most likely to survive shipping. **Worms cannot be shipped to
Please allow approximately 1 - 2 weeks for delivery