Are Worms Working For You?
Earthworms are pretty cool. Squiggly little creatures who convert all your kitchen scraps into valuable plant food. Each worm is a tiny factory, gobbling up food scraps and converting them into organic garden fertilizer, sometimes called black gold, but most times called castings, and never worm ‘poo’.
Did you know that worms eat their weight in food each day? In a one bin residential system, housing about 2000 worms, that means they are processing up to 2 lbs of scraps per day! With food scraps making up nearly 50% of wastes thrown out by households, you can see how raising worms will help with your environmental footprint.
These little guys never yell, screech, rebel, or cause you trouble, just work all day without complaining.
Worms are small, but mighty. They are literally the ‘Tillers of the Earth’ and have been around for an estimated 120 million years! working every day of it no doubt! To say worms are one of the most important creatures on earth, would be completely true. Just think of how many birds, and small animals, eat worms. They sustain hundreds of species.
Add worms to your life, and get them working for you, too! No more lugging heavy bags of kitchen garbage to the curb. Let worms turn it all into organic garden fertilizer, for your vegetable plots, flowers, and houseplants.
Worms can save you money. Which is as good as making money, only better.
Worm Farm Business Opportunity
There are several ways of approaching worm farming, large scale, and small scale. What I would like to focus on in this review, is small scale farming for the individual household.
Start each morning by sprinkling your morning coffee grounds into the worm bin, over the shredded newspaper. Your worms will be waiting. They love to read the news while having coffee…
In the average home, there are many pounds of vegetable peels, fruit peels, wilted greens, brown avocados (which worms absolutely love!) eggshells, leafy vegetables, spinach, lettuce, carrot tops, corn, cabbage, grass clippings, leaves, wet grains, old salad, leftover oatmeal…. all this can be diverted from the landfills, right into your own worm bin!
Worms are delighted to eat these scraps for you, processing them, and creating castings, the most complete organic garden fertilizer your plants will ever need. This incredible fertilizer can be collected right out of the bin, and once you make sure there are no worms in it, you can bag it and sell it! or use it on your own plants.
If you have approx. 2000 worms in one bin, they should produce about 7lbs of castings per month.
The average price per pound is around two dollars. That would be about fifteen dollars a month per worm bin.
Or seven pounds of the best organic fertilizer your plants have ever tasted.
Growing Worms For Dollars
Worms multiply quickly if they are eating good, and their bin has plenty of bedding, aka, shredded newspaper, and shredded brown cardboard. Everything must be kept continually moist, not wet, and never dry. These are ideal conditions for worm mating. And you’ll really want to encourage your worms to make as many wormlets as possible, because the average price for a pound of worms, (approx 1000) is fifty dollars!
As these are creatures of nature, it will take a little time for them to get established and feeling content, and happy with their new home. That’s when they start producing little wormlets. Then the baby worms have to grow to market size. Be patient, and nurture your worm farm with love and care, give them the right amount of foods, and they will grow quite quickly.
Soon you will have a sizeable herd, great knots of worms just under the surface, and can start packaging up worms to ship to towns all across the country, or take them just down the road to your local bait and tackle shop, because fishing enthusiasts everywhere are looking for live fishing bait for sale. You can supply your local bait ‘n’ tackle shops with worms! So cool.
You can grow from there to include farmers and gardeners around your area, looking to improve their soil by adding worms. Or other enthusiasts like yourself, that want to cut down on waste to the landfill, and instead, turn that waste into the best organic fertilizer ever, and use it in their gardens to grow giant vegetables, sweet juicy berries, and abundant fruits.
Here is a really great book about vermicomposting that is full of helpful information about worms
- One square foot of space per lb of worms
- Approx 1000 worms per pound
- Worms eat their weight in food each day
- 1 million worms = 700 lbs of castings each day
- 2000 red worms in a bin = 7 lbs of casting per month
- Worms add nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus to soil
- Makers of organic garden fertilizer
- Farmers best friend
- Millions of worms sold each year
- Each worm is both male and female
Worm Bins to Remember
You can get started quickly with a one bin system.
>Hungry Bin Flow Through Worm Farm has got to be the “Cadillac” of worm farming.
This bin does it all. The tapered shape compresses worm castings, encouraging the worms to move upwards, where they’ll find more food and living space. Simply un-clip the bottom tub to find thick, pure castings without hurting a single worm! No bins or trays to move around, shift or stack. Just one simple bin, fresh food in the top, worm castings out the bottom. It’s equipped with a spigot as well, to collect the liquid from the farm, known as ‘worm tea’. Also a great fertilizer, it is quite concentrated, so mix 50/50 with water before using on your plants.
The Hungry Bin Flow Through Worm Farm can be found here:
My second recommendation is the Urban Worm Bag- Version 2, a light-weight vermicomposting system for home, office or school project.
The shape is similar to the Hungry Bin, but this one is made of a waterproof, breathable fabric. Using the simple, yet highly efficient continuous flow concept, the Urban Worm Bag performs beautifully for year after year. There is a secondary area at the bottom for collecting pure worm castings as they are made. You just open and empty once a month. Urban Worm Bag can be found here:
Authentic DIY Experience
My first venture into worm farming, I embraced the do it yourself method. I first purchased many small tubs, drilled holes all over them, set each one up with shredded bedding and some dirt, and the veg scraps. Everything was going well, but the tubs got too dry, and my worms all ran away. I mean it, they all disappeared into the ground never to be seen again! I know now the bins were too small.
My second DIY project was a huge bin. Correct the mistake, right? lol This I loaded with bedding, whetted it down, and plopped a pound of worms in there. Within weeks there were so many worms I was astonished! The problem came when I wanted to separate the worms from the castings. I spread a tarp on the lawn, then struggled to move my bin which became astronomically heavy, to dump it on there and begin the separation project, which was very tedious, and went on for far to long. It became clear to me that a professionally made worm bin was a better way to proceed.
I just didn’t have enough time to be chasing worms!
Remember to always keep your worm bin at a fairly stable temperature, between 50-80 degrees F. Place the bin in your kitchen broom closet, shaded corner of a sun room if you have one, the corner of your garage, the corner of a bathroom, or a hall closet.
You can also keep your worm bin outside in the complete shade, during spring and summer, but must bring it inside over winter.
What about this idea. Every year, worm farmers across the country could release a pound of worms into the wild, into a park down the road, into your hay field. That would be millions of worms, put to work tilling the earth. Helping this great planet by enriching the soil.
I’m in no way a worm expert, I just really enjoyed collecting this information to help people know more about the ins and outs of worms, and a worm farming business.
Also, I’m passionate about the earth, and the environment. The more worms working in households across the NA continent, the better the world will be! In my opinion.
I hope this has been helpful information for you! If you have a question, drop it in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to find you the answer.