Worm Composting & Dealing With Frogs…

“I have an old bath tub buried in the ground, in which i have my worms. Can’t keep the toads (frogs) out of my worms. Do you have any suggestions?” ~ Alvin Cleckler Hi Alvin, That is a great way of recycling your old bath tub! By digging it underground, it will not only save…

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Dealing With Baby Worms In Your Wormery

“I am hand-sifting my worms every six weeks or so when I see the bedding is eaten up and the “bedding” has become dark with castings. Upon sifting out the larger worms, I have left what I call “babies and eggs”. I put the “babies and eggs” in their own bin of fresh, moist bedding.…

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DID YOU KNOW? – Aestivation In Worms

During the summer, if conditions are really dry, earthworms will bury deeper into the ground, produce a lot of mucus and aestivate in a coiled position. Aestivation is also known as ‘summer sleep’ which is when the animal’s activity becomes dormant until the conditions are right again. This is like a sort of hibernation state,…

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Optimial C:N Ratio In Your Worm Composting System

“How do you get a good C:N ratio in your worm compost?” ~ John Hi John, Ok, so we all know that C:N is the balance of carbon and nitrogen, but how do we achieve this? We know that the optimum ratio is about 25:1. But achieving a 25:1 carbon:nitrogen ratio does not mean adding…

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Best Bedding For Small Scale Worm Composting…

“What is the BEST type of bedding for a beginner to start on a small scale with?” ~ Glen Hine Hi Glen! Thanks for asking, it is back to the basics today! Since we are on bedding, and we have discussed the subject of manure last week, I will also go into what type of food…

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DID YOU KNOW? – Earthworm Populations…

Populations of earthworms vary greatly in terms of numbers, biomass and diversity. Populations range from only a few individuals per square meter to more than 1,000 per square meter. But they usually don’t exceed 100 per square meter in cultivated land, and no more than 400 per square meter in grassland.

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Dehydrated Manure in Worm Composting

“I have just started with worming. My question is: Is it beneficial to add some dehydrated cow manure to my mix of coffee grounds, egg shells (microwaved), newspapers (shredded), kitchen vegetable waste and cardboard? Thanks” ~ Steve V Hi Steve, You are definitely doing things right! All of the things mentioned above are great for…

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