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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 efforts.

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 houseplants.
 

Fascinating Facts about Composting with Worms:

The management and breeding of worms is known as vermiculture
Worms are one of nature's ultimate recyclers
They can live 15 years or more!
They have both male and female reproductive organs
Their eggs can survive dry and harsh conditions for long periods of time
They can be bred easily at home or school
They can be used to recycle organic waste from your kitchen into valuable fertilizer
They produce castings which have a neutral pH (around 7)
Their castings increase the amount of nutrients to your plants by up to 10 times
Their castings increase crop and pasture yields
They increase the level of essential microbial activity in the soil
They can consume their own body weight in food every day
They double in population every 2-3 months (under ideal conditions)


Frequently Asked Questions:
Abundant Earth is happy to be able to provide this page of commonly asked questions about worm composting, with answers gleaned from experts from the field of vermiculture. In this section, you will find answers and hints that will ensure the most efficient use of your worm composter .
 

What should I feed my worms?
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)
DO NOT add meat scraps or dairy products (no animal products)
 

What 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 your worms, particularly if you are unaware of its source. Manures for example, from horses, cattle or dogs often have Vermicides still active in it that were designed to kill parasitic worms in the animal. They can kill all your worms in 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 animals.
 

How much will my worms eat?
This depends on how many worms you have. Worms can eat up to half their own body weight every day and can double their population every few months. If you start your Worm-A-Way with approximately 1000 mature worms (identify mature worms by a distinct ring shaped swelling around 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 worms, however, won't eat much and will take about 3 months to mature. As you become familiar with them you will learn their rate of food consumption.
 

How can I help my worms to eat more?
Worms will feed at a faster rate once they have adapted to any new food source. Worms will also eat more if kitchen scraps are mashed, blended or food processed. Controlling temperature to around 75 degrees F will improve the overall performance of your system. Worms will leave very acidic food such as onions and orange peels until after they have eaten their preferred foods. A handful of garden lime every few weeks will help to balance the effect of acidic foods.
 

Can I feed my worms garden refuse?
Not usually. Your indoor worm composter is designed to break down soft organic waste. Slow composting organic wastes such as garden refuse are best dealt with by conventional aerobic composting methods.
 

Will I get too many worms?
No, you can never have too many worms. They self-regulate their population to the confines of available space and the amount of food you give them. Worm concentration should reach capacity (about 15,000 to 20,000 worms) after 2 - 5 years.
 

Can I put compost worms in the garden?
Only if you have a thick surface layer of mulch in your garden. Compost worms require moist conditions all year 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 worms.
 

My "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.
 

What about severe temperatures?
Worms will tolerate a wide temperature range from about 50 degrees to 85 degrees F. If it gets much hotter than this, make sure your worm composter is in a shady cool position. Take the lid 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 the 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 lot more food waste which will create some warmth as they decompose.
 

Are the little white worms in my worm composter baby earthworms?
No, baby earthworms are not white, but clear to opaque, before developing a reddish color. They are just visible at 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 acidic conditions, which can be overcome by the regular addition of a handful of lime. By placing a piece of moist bread in your Worm-A-Way, you can also lure the white worms to a small area for easy removal. It is important to note that many organisms that may appear in your Worm-A-Way (such as large populations of minute red mites and large soldier fly larvae) are beneficial to the break down of organic material, so there is no need to remove them.

 

What about maggots?
Should you experience any influx of maggots, it will most likely be the soldier fly or vinegar fly larvae. The soldier fly larvae grow up to an inch big starting out white but soon turning dark gray with distinct ribbing bands. Fishermen say they make great bait. The vinegar fly larvae are small, usually 1/4 inch or less. Don't be too alarmed if they appear. They are actually 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 of the compost. Larvae love bread and should infest it. Remove the bread after 2-3 days and dispose of it.
 

Will the worms smell?
The only smell associated with a well maintained worm composter is a pleasant rainforest odor. If your worm composter has an offensive smell, it is an indication that anaerobic bacteria have built up in the system in uneaten food wastes. Stop feeding the worms and stir the wastes lightly with a garden fork adding lime as well. This aerates the organic material and allows worms to move through it more easily. Repeat this aeration procedure regularly to prevent recurrence. Start feeding again when all smells are gone.
 

Please Note:
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 Hawaii**
 

Please allow approximately 1 - 2 weeks for delivery


1-lb of Redworms for Worm Composters $29.95
2-lbs of Redworms for Worm Composting $51.95
5-lbs of Redworms for Worm Composting $142.95
Box of 5 Organic Coconut Coir Worm Bedding Blocks $35.95
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