Using Peanut Shells In Worm Composting

“I have a friend who is the manager of a restaurant that uses an endless supply of peanut shells.  They are not salted outside the shell, but I wonder if they would make good food for Red worms.  I would mix them with horse manure and compost from leaves and grass. Thank You” ~ Ken…

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Average Life Span Of Composting Worms

“I’ve been reading the newsletters you sent to me since I started raising my ANC worms sometime September last year. I am happy that I’ve learned a lot of things about raising worms except one thing, there average life span. Do they reach one year or two years or five years?” ~ Joselito Hi Joselito…

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Packing Live Worms For Shipping: Part 2

Last week we answered this question from Cassandra: “How do you ship night crawlers through the mail and what do you pack them in to have a live delivery?” Cassandra followed up this week with another related question: “Great info! However, with regard to shipping…does the PO require any special ‘disclosure’, etc. due to the…

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Worm Science 101 – Growth and Development – Part I

For the last couple of weeks we have been looking at worm reproduction and examining the various environmental (and other) factors can that can affect reproduction rates. This week we are going to move on to a closely related topic – growth and development.  Like reproduction and cocoon production (you may recall that these are…

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Composting Worms In New York

“Hi, I live in Long Island, New York, zone 7 for planting. Can I grow worms outdoors here? ~ Donna Hi Donna, You can certainly grow worms outdoors in zone 7. I live in Ontario (Canada) and I’m able to keep them alive during the winter here, as long as I take a few extra…

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Packing Live Worms For Shipping

“How do you ship night crawlers through the mail and what do you pack them in to have a live delivery? Thank you” ~ Cassandra Hi Cassandra, It depends on the type of nightcrawler you are referring to. European Nightcrawlers and Red Worms are relatively easy to ship since they are quite tolerant of warm…

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Worm Science 101 – Earthworm Reproduction – Part II

Last week I provided you with a very basic overview of earthworm reproduction as a whole. This week, as promised, we are going to explore in more detail some of the important factors that influence worm reproduction rates, and how these rates can differ among some of the important species of ‘composting worms’. There has…

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