How to Make a Nightcrawler Worm Farm
If you want to know a simple arrangement to starting up a Nightcrawler worm farm of your own, then here are a few how to steps to raising nightcrawlers possible!.
How to Start
First off, you must know where to buy compost worms. So for the nightcrawler kind, you can either find them being sold in local bait shops, or from a gardening store online. Other than that, you may be able to find a few dealers who sell this type of worm, to laboratories, aquariums, gardeners, etc.
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Your Nightcrawler choice
To buy European Nightcrawlers would also be the best choice for a nightcrawler worm farm type, other than the african nightcrawlers kind. Anyway, these types of nightcrawlers favor non-compacted and damp soil. NIghtcrawlers also prefer being fed with organic materials that are high in nitrogen and has no acid content. And if they’re maintained and cared for this way, they’ll in turn, not only aerate the soil they burrow in; they’ll also produce rich worm castings for you (which you can make into an organic fertilizer); and reproduce more worms for you to breed and raise.
What You’ll Need
Now, to take on this farm project for Nightcrawler worms, you must prepare the following things:
- Nightcrawler worms
- A Dark Colored Plastic Bin – can be about 7-10 inches deep, 9 inches wide, 14 inches long (a dark colored bin or container is more favorable for nightcrawlers)
- Shreds of Newspaper, Crushed Eggshells, some Potting Soil, and other food scraps (anything organic except those meat, dairy, oily, salty, and acidic products) – Put these inside the bin and make sure these are watered all together (should be damp and not soaking wet)
- A Spray Bottle – use this to spray water on the bin’s contents
What to do next
When raising Nightcrawlers, their worm farm should be kept away from areas that have direct sunlight to it. Their bin should also be kept at room temperature. And for each month, you should be able to harvest at least half of your worm population, inside the worm farm. You’re going to just have to keep replenishing the bin with organic food supply, and fresh bedding, so that you may keep things fresh for your worms to thrive in as well.
Raising nightcrawler worms is easy. You just have to know the how to steps to the proper needs and maintenance of a Nightcrawler Worm Farm. You’ll be happy to know that when you take good care of your worms, they in return, will reward you with even more good stuff. Later on, you may be able to make money out of them by selling them as fish bait (or live worm food); or use their produce (worm castings) as an organic fertilizer. Breeding and raising worms can also be a good way to recycling our organic wastes.
Organic Gardening and Vermicomposting Resources
www.GardenWorms.com sells live and healthy worms for composting like Red Wiggler worms and European Nightcrawlers online.They also offer quality organic gardening products from organic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides to other green gardening supplies and equipments. Visit their site, browse their catalog and have everything shipped to your home.
Their blog - www.GardenWorms.com/blog - has tons of helpful articles that will help you in your organic gardening and vermicomposting adventures.
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