ABC Composting, Inc. Aurora, Colorado

Until further notice, we cannot ship worms or other products.  Please plan to pick up your products in Aurora, Colorado 80013.

Until further notice, we cannot ship worms or other products.  Please plan to pick up your products in Aurora, Colorado 80013.

Worm Shortage Updates

Worm Storage Updates for 2021 from ABC Composting

Feburary 1st, 2021

What a difference a year makes!  I checked 18 dealers for red wiggler prices and the ones that aren’t out of stock have doubled their prices.  Wholesale in bulk is as high as last year’s retail prices.  2021 could be an expensive gardening year.  

Some online sellers are selling “combined stock” a mix of red wigglers (Eisenia fetidas) and nightcrawlers and sometimes Georgia (Alabama) Jumpers.  That combo keeps the price down, but the quality of composting goes down. We’ve been working hard to build up our stock and we’ll start selling ours on February 27for $25 per half pound and $49 per pound.  We will not be selling ours in bulk.  

For bulk orders we’ll act as a consolidator by collecting orders and placing them all at one time to one address.  That should get the price down to around $165 for 5 pounds. Let me know if you’re interested.

Worms in the Garden

earthworms and nightcrawlers in your raised garden beds

Feburary 1st, 2021

Curious how your garden stacks up in worms?

The Farmer’s Almanac says “Dig up a section of ground 12 inches by 12 inches and about 6 to 7 inches deep. Place the soil on a tarp and count the number of worms in the sample. If you find ten or so you have a healthy population.”   I think that count is high for Colorado, 1 per spadesful is the norm in my garden.  Tilled fields or pesticide treated areas may have zero.

Wait till the soil warms to do this.  Don’t break a shovel or your leg trying todig in frozen ground.  

This winter we’ve been raising European nightcrawlers for people who want worms in their ground for aeration and soil improvements.  Raised beds might benefit from 1 or 2 worms per square foot. These worms digest soil and breakdown some organics.  Never ever put red wigglers in dirt.  Waste of your money and their lives. 

We’ll have our Euros ready when the soil warms this spring.

Casting, Vermicompost and Tea

Feburary 1st, 2021

Casting, Vermicompost and Tea

This year’s fresh castings are ready

For those who make their own seedling mix.  We’ve started asparagus seeds, but melons and peppers won’t start until next month.

We’re also accumulating vermicompost, so we’ll have 1- and 2-pound cloth “teabags” for this spring. Note: worm tea does not drain from the bottom of worm bins. That is more properly called “leachate” and is only the water, soluble chemicals, and all types of bacteria that washes from the food and bedding when they’re excessively wet.  Ick

Worm tea comes from suspending a bag of vermicompost in a bucket and bubbling air (little aquarium pumps work well) through it for 24 hours.  This grows the oxygen loving bacteria and micro-organisms.  The anaerobic (stinky stuff) bacteria do not survive.  

Bottled tea and teabags are not premade as we do not add chemical stabilizers.  Please call or text before ordering. 

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ABC Composting, Aurora, Colorado

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