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 waste 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!
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
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, that kind of thing.
Keep all of this out of your garbage bags. Divert it right into your own worm bin! Save the landfills!
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 7 lbs 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 lbs of the best organic fertilizer your plants have ever tasted.
Growing Worms For Dollars
Worms multiply quickly if they are eating well, 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, or eggs, as possible. The average price for a lb. of worms, (approx. 1000) is $50 !
As these are creatures of nature it will take a little time for them to get established and feeling content, and happy in their new home.
When they are content, that’s when they begin to lay eggs everywhere within their bedding environment.
Now the newly hatched wormlet, which is like a piece of thread, 1 quarter inch long, has to grow.
Be patient and nurture your worm farm with love and care. Give them the right foods, snacks and coffee grounds, and they will grow quickly, but it will take a few months to see harvest ready worms.
When you see great knots of worms roiling about just under the surface in your bin, you’ll know you’re doubling your original stock.
No need to count each individual squiggler, just grab a knot and weigh it on your kitchen scale, then drop the whole pile into a container modified for worm transportation. Sell them, or give them to a friend.
- 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 stay in the upper portion of the bin, where there is food and living space.
This keeps your worm waste, your valuable castings, packed into the bottom, worm free. Simply un-clip the bottom tub to empty this rich bounty into a waiting bucket.
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’.
Worm tea is also a great fertilizer, though it’s quite concentrated, so mix 50/50 with water before using on your plants.
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Urban Worm Bag- Version 2, is my #2 recommendation, as 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, and is a great price for the beginning worm farmer.
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.
Using the simple, yet highly efficient continuous flow concept, the Urban Worm Bag performs beautifully for year after year.
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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 if you live in Canada, or a northern state.
I’ve researched some additional equipment to make your worm farming venture produce at maximum efficiency, and make these recommendations:
The Sunjoe Chipper Shredder is a great little machine that can chop and mulch pretty much anything you have in your garden or yard.
Though the stats on this machine says it can handle branches 1.5 inches around, I recommend nothing more than 1/2 – 3/4 inch if you want your machine to last.
This machine will grind up not only all your garden stalks and canes, fallen twigs and small branches, fall leaves.
but cabbage leaves, potato peels etc, can be tossed through this machine, resulting in a fine mashy chop that the worms absolutely love.
Leaf mulch is possibly the greatest natural worm food on planet. Adding some to your bins every so often will be very beneficial to worm health and wellbeing.
It’s not that you have to have a machine to grind up vegetable leftovers and old leaves to feed your worms, it’s that you want to.
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Did you know that due to pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, the unassuming earthworm is depleted by up to 80% in some areas?
It just feels logical that the more worms working in households across this North American continent, the better off we will all be!
To make a change in anything, people must join together. Please join me in bringing back the earthworm to till the land for us, to feel our wild birds, to bring joy to so many small chicks in nests everywhere.
Let us get the worm working for us, keeping half of our household garbage out of the landfill ! What a superb accomplishment, as the landfills really are struggling to keep up with the volume.
Order your Hungry Worm Bin right now, and let’s get this movement rolling!!
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