Worms Appearing In A Compost Bin

As I have a large quantity of organic kitchen waste I also have a compost bin outside.  To my surprise (as this is the first time I have done this) I have discovered that my compost is full of delicious worms that look just like our Eisenia Fetida – is it likely that these are…

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Worm Food – Rabbit Manure

Once again, this week I have decided not to continue on as planned (you may recall that we were going to discuss some ‘other’ worm foods in this newsletter). I know I tend to do this from time to time. Please bear with me – I promise it is for the greater good. 🙂 After…

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Earthworms & Coffee Grounds

“Can you tell me why earthworms love coffee grounds. I get them from my local cafe and put them in my compost or straight onto the garden. Sometimes the worms form a ball as big as a grapefruit in the compost bin in the coffee layer. It’s almost as if they “swarm” to the grounds.…

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Do Worms Eat Food Material Or Microbes?

“Does E.fetida actually consume finely ground compost, or does it only consume the microbes consuming the compost?  Purina markets a “worm chow” which appears to be a grain-based product in a cornmeal consistancy. Do the worms consume this chow directly, or do they consume the microbes feeding on it?  In my raised wormbeds, I utilize…

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Worm Food – Manure

Last week I discussed some of the important characteristics of a ‘quality’ worm food. In a nutshell, food quality is closely linked to a given material’s ability to support a diverse community of microbes. Those materials with a carbon-to-nitrogen ratio of between 20:1 and 35:1 are generally ideal, but other characteristics of the material, such…

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Red Worm Origins

“Hi there, Could you tell me where Red Worms (Eisenia fetida) originate from? If they got into my garden soil when I was adding some vermicompst, would they cause any harm to my garden?  Would they survive? Thank you” ~ Ashley, Johannesburg, South Africa Hi Ashley, According to Edwards and Bohlen (1996), Red Worms (Eisenia…

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White Mould In Your Worm Farm

“I feed my 200kg of worms cow and horse manure. Lately there are increasing patches of white mould. The worms stay away from this. Any idea how I can control the mould?” ~ Max Hi Max, Wow – 200 kg of worms? Sounds like a nice ‘herd’! 🙂 The growth of fungi in a vermicomposting…

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