Worms

Worms

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Worms

We have a mix of 4 species of compost worms: reds, blues, tigers and African night crawlers.

Over 60% of your household waste is compostable organic material. Compost worms can process your organic waste in a third of the time that it would take it to breakdown in a compost heap.

They process the compost into finer particles to make the water soluble nutrients available to plants and the resulting soil conditioner is loaded with millions of micro-organisms to biologically active the soil environment.

Information about Worms

Worms

We have chosen to stock the red, blue, tiger and African night crawler compost worms because they:

  • Live happily under crowded conditions
  • Enjoy a fertile environment
  • Have a very rapid breeding cycle
  • Rapid body growth rate
  • Adaptable to climate and environmental change
  • Can consume 50–100% of their own body weight in food per day

Native Australian earthworms (300 species) enjoy less crowded conditions and will live in in-fertile soils and be satisfied with a diet of little more than soil and water. They reproduce only a few times per year and can be very sensitive to environmental change.

Why Breed Worms?

There are many reasons for keeping your own “pet” compost worms.

  • Process organic household waste
  • Recycle
  • Feed aquarium fish, chickens or other caged birds
  • Fishing bait
  • Produce your own fertiliser
  • Improve the condition, soil quality and water holding capacity of your garden soil or potting mix
  • Reduce waste to land fill
  • Just for fun

Whatever the reason you may have for keeping and breeding compost worms, you’ll have fun while you recycle your household waste in an ecologically sensible and environmentally friendly way.

What Do They Eat?

Worms
  • Fruit and Vegetable peelings
  • Hair
  • Paper and Cardboard (soak in water first)
  • Dust from the vacuum cleaner or floor sweepings
  • Spent floral arrangements
  • Soft herbaceous garden waste (lawn clippings, hedge trimmings etc )
  • Manure
  • Compost
  • Anything that was once living (except meat)

Where Do I Keep Them?