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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Green Gardener: Vermiculture for Beginners (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?)

one red wiggler
a flickr photo by net efekt
Welcome to everything I know about worms and composting (not much!). Feel free to correct or add to this info!
  • The care and management of composting worms is called "Vermiculture"
  • Red Wigglers are supposed to be good compost makers.
  • A 1/2 pound of Red Wigglers = about 500 worms
  • Those 500 worms will eat about 1/4 pound of green waste per day, or 1/2 their weight
  • Worm poop is called "castings"
  • Worms can be housed in something fancy, but a plastic tub and a lid will also do.
  • Worms can tolerate temperature extremes for short periods, but do best between 60 - 80 degrees.
  • Here's a link to the red wiggler farmer I met at a Sacramento plant sale, VermiDragon Farm . They deliver in the Sacramento area, but can also ship those wormies to you!

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  1. Romancing the worm ... what would we gardeners do without them! Thanks for the info and Happy Thansgiving :)

  2. Thanks for coming by and thanks for your continuing overly cool blog! Jeannie