- Alabama/Georgia Jumper Pest or Partner National Park Service
- Denver Urban Gardens
- Garden Worms - raised beds
- Homemade Bins
- Invasive Species USDA National Invasive Species Info Center
In the Yard
Little Critters Identification
Worm sales are done for the season. Purchase of a composting system (the worm factory 360) will still include a half pound of red wigglers.
Little Critters Identification
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.
If you’re a worm it is. The right stuff provides oxygen, moisture, access to mates, prevents odor and makes composting easy even for beginners.
Bedding should provide air pockets so it needs to have some bulk and not squish easily – think torn cardboard. Those little ridges inside the cardboard are pathways and restaurants. Paper is great carbon, it is made from trees you know. If you mix shredded paper with grass clippings then the grass clippings won’t produce that telltale stench – you know the one that tells your neighbors exactly where your compost pile is. Always add more carbon than nitrogen 20 to 1 is fine and more carbon won’t hurt.
There 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.
If 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.
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?
After 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.