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Doing Worm Composting with Red Wiggler Worms in compost bins

Updated on June 4, 2011
Recycling of Organic Wastes
Recycling of Organic Wastes

Biologically Recycling Organic Wastes in to Compost Products with Worm Composting of Red Wigglers

Have you ever thought about using a compost bin in cutting down your daily garbage volume? Do you want some FREE organic worm composting fertilizers and safe organic pesticides for your vegetable garden or potted plants? Then keeping Red Wiggler worms to do worm composting and organic fertilizer production is for you. Red Wiggler worms for worm composting can eliminate the ORGANIC wastes on your everyday garbage and turn it to organic fertilizers and pesticides in the process. Known as masters of composting, Red Wiggler worms will eat all of your organic waste, turn it into nutrient rich worm composting with their poop or worm castings that is very good for garden soils or can be squeezed for its juice for a potent and safe organic pesticide. It's really a three way win-win situation for anyone who's NOT squeamish enough to try it.

Compost Bin

Commercial Compost bin
Commercial Compost bin

Vermiculture or Worm Composting with Red Wiggler Worms

In a nutshell, Vermiculture is actually worm farming or worm composting- keep worms in a compost bin to compost organic waste materials and produce worm composting. Mostly gardeners, farmers and even people living in the city take advantage of this wonderful cycle that these worms can do. Farmers tend to keep large scale worm bins to supply them with all the worm composting that they need for their crop and brew worm tea as an alternative form of organic fertilizer. Gardeners that usually reside by the suburbs keep their bins outside for their gardens and people in the city tends to purchase commercial worm bins like Can O Worms and place it below their sink for easy access composting kitchen waste and having organic fertilizers for their indoor potted plants. Worm composting will definitely be a wonderful investment!

Compost Bin

Adding Bedding on your Compost Bin
Adding Bedding on your Compost Bin

The 'Pound for Pound' Champions of Worm Composting: Red Wiggler Worms a.k.a. Eisenia Foetida

The Red Wiggler worm scientific name Eisenia Foetida also goes by the names Dung Worm, Fish Worm, Stink Worm, Manure Worm and Tiger worms are amongst the favorite worm specie of composting worms to be put in a compost bin because of their excellent composting prowess and adapts well on captivity. At warmer tolerated temperatures and as long as there's an abundance of food, they can eat as much 1 ½ times their own body weights in 24 hours and produce worm casting about 75% of their body weight. So a pound of Red Wiggler composting worms (1,000 worms) can eat a pound and a ½ of organic wastes and will produce ¾ pound of worm castings ready to be havested in your compost bin. Red Wiggler worm castings are by far richer in soil nutrients such as Phosphate and Potassium with just the right concentration of Nitrogen that is just perfect for sensitive plants, especially seedlings.

Worm Composting

Worm Composting with Red Wiggler worms
Worm Composting with Red Wiggler worms

Red Wiggler Composting Worms are Easy to Manage and Breed

Red Wigglers worms are very prolific in compost bin captivity, they are very easy to breed and care for. Red Wigglers can withstand temperature ranges 16° - 28°C (60° - 80°F) and should have a PH balance of 7. Each Red Wiggler worms will produce egg cases in 30 days from hatching! Red Wiggler worms lay egg cases with 3 to 5 baby Red Wiggler composting worm in it. As soon as the juvenile Red Wigglers hatch in 3-4 weeks time, they're already hard eating composting worms. Baby Red Wiggler composting worms will reach sexual maturity in about 40 to 60 days. Red Wiggler worms will double their activities especially mating on their upper ends of tolerated temperature ranges. These worms will really multiply in your compost bin because of the fact that both worms copulated will both be pregnant. Talk about return of investments!


    Visit Uncle Jim's worm farm for everything about Red Wiggler worms and Worm Composting.We sell worms for composting: Red Wigglers, African Night Crawlers, Canadian Night Crawlers and Gray Night Crawlers. We also provide products for organic gardening such as compost bins.


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Uncle Jim is an expert on Red Wiggler worms and compost bins. Raising them for more than 20 years now, he has been promoting the importance of the roles that the worms play in our environment. That's why he chose raising Red Wiggler worms in a farm to share and promote the benefits of these nature's little wonders!

Uncle Jim's seasoned knowledge about worms and gardening has developed many tools for worm composting and gardening that are based on 20 years of experience.


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      johnwood 5 years ago

      I am from Johannesburg S.A. I will have to look for a place in my area that sells worms

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      frankwiggler 5 years ago from Spring Grove, PA

      Hi Johnwood,

      Absolutely, this will even improve your compost if you plan on using it as an organic fertilizer because of their manure or worm castings as they eat through your compost heap. Go for it! What country are you from? Where do you plan to get red wigglers?

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      Johnbbwood 6 years ago

      Can I add red worms to my existing compost heap to speed up the process My existing compost heap is made up of grass leaves peelings from the kitchen mixed with garden soil.