Worm Science 101 – Earthworm Reproduction – Part I

This week we are going to start exploring a topic that may be a little more interesting for all you vermiphiles (‘worm lovers’) out there – that’s right, we’ll be discussing the ‘birds n’ the bees’ of worms. Like all our introductory topics, various aspects of earthworm reproduction will undoubtedly come up in future newsletters,…

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Splitting A Worm Composting Population

“My worm bin is overcrowded and the worms are climbing out; how do I best utilize them?” ~ Virginia Hi Virginia, Do you have any pet fish? Ok, I’m mostly kidding – although if you do happen to have a fish pond it probably wouldn’t hurt to toss a few in there for a treat.…

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Composting Worm Lifecycle

“Do worms lay eggs? If so then how many and how often. What is the life of a compost worm? What happens when they die?” ~ Ken Metford Hi Ken, Worms do indeed have a type of ‘egg’. They are typically referred to as cocoons (or egg capsules) however, and technically contain multiple fertilized eggs.…

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Composting Worm Population Growth Rate

“I have 1000 worms. How long does it take for that amount to double?” ~ Clayre Roberts Hi Clayre, the reproduction of worms and growth rate of your overall colony depend on two main things. How many worms are active mature breeders. These are mature worms that are capable of reproducing and laying egg capsules.…

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