Feed Your Worms Well

NO meat, bones, citrus, onion or oil  No yard waste that has been treated with pesticides or herbacides

Also - read about bedding because that is food too.

Red Wigglers (composting worms) like a balanced enviroment, not acidic or alkaline, and more browns than greens. The smaller the pieces that faster the worms will compost them.

 Browns (Carbon)

  • Cardboard (not waxy or colored)
  • Paper (not glossy)
  • Dead leaves
  • Coconut Coir (environmentally iffy)
  • Peat (slightly acidic and envir-iffy too)
  • Wood chips/twigs
  • Straw
  • Newspaper (no color)
  • Natural fabric (cotton, linen, hemp, wool)

Greens (Nitrogen)

  • Food scraps
  • Grass clippings
  • Pulled weeds
  • Coffee and tea grounds
  • Plant trimmings
  • Eggshells
  • Seaweed

The Worm Factory Worm Bins

Worm composting is an incredibly efficient way to convert kitchen scraps, junk mail and cardboard into nutrient-rich compost for your garden. Longtime gardeners agree that compost produced by worms produces excellent results and helps your plants thrive. The Worm Factory's unique stackable, multi-tray design makes it the most efficient worm bin composter around.

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Harvesting Your Vermicompost

finished compostThere is no exact point in time when the bottom processing tray is ready to be emptied, but it generally takes 3-4 months to complete the first tray. Once you have multiple processing trays working at one time and your worm population has increased, you should be able to harvest compost about once a month, although this varies. When the material is nearly black and the chunks of matter are small and crumbly, your compost is ready to be harvested.

*Finished Compost should be dark, crumbly, and moist, like used coffee grounds.

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Why Everyone Should be Vermicomposting

compost3If you Vermicompost you will reduce the amount of garbage being transported out of America - The average American produces a ton of waste each year. Estimated 1/2 to 1/3 of household waste is organic matter. Worms produce beautiful black castings - a nitrogen rich natural fertilizer. Totally organic and one of the best soil additives on the planet. Use worm castings in house plants and gardens.

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Worm Sex

I suppose you could say "sex" but since both worms have sperm that they swap, and then both worms lay eggs and neither one ever does the dishes, is it really sex?

worm eggsAfter breeding, each worm will lay about one egg every week until its sperm supply is depleted. With the right conditions (temperature, food, space) the capsules will hatch in between 30-50 days. It will take another 50-75 days to reach breeding maturity. There is a lot of info out there that indicates worm population will double every 60 days. I have found that that is not the case. Your worms will breed at an alarming rate, once you have a large population of breeders. The mature worm population laying one egg a week for about 52 weeks, each egg hatching 3, plus young...you do the math.

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