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Red Wiggler Worms as Organic Fertilizers versus Chemical Fertilizers on soil gardening

Updated on April 10, 2017
Compost  for Worm Composting
Compost for Worm Composting

Natural Fertilizer V.S. Chemical Fertilizer

It's the 'all natural' versus the artificial. 'Biological against the 'Chemical' before this article is through, we'll compare all that is in contrast between Chemical Fertilizers and Red Wiggler worms.

Using Red worms or Red Wiggler worms for composting worms is an excellent alternative to the typical compost pile.

Red Wiggler worms in hand
Red Wiggler worms in hand

Advantages of Using Red WIggler Worms to Produce Organic Fertilizer

The advantages of using Red Wiggler worms to produce organic fertilizer include the following:

- Unlike handling poisonous chemical fertilizers, Organic Fertilizing with worms is fun and easy to do. The whole family can participate, especially the kids since your worm bin will can be positioned indoors or in a sheltered location, worm composting can be done all year round despite changes in the weather and temperature except really cold seasons when the worms will slow down or hibernate.

- Worm compost is deemed 7X richer as far as nutrients are concerned, as compared to compost that is created using bacteria and fungi.

- The worms or Red Wiggler worms will do all the hard work for you, which mean no more watering or turning.

A handful of Composting worms
A handful of Composting worms

Red Wiggler Worms Benefits

Red wiggler worms also have many other benefits as producing organic fertilizer such as:

  • Reducing the waste that you produce.
  • Easy to raise- you can breed lots of them for you to sell.
  • Red wiggler worms are perfect as fishing baits.
  • It can also be a fun activity for the children.

Waste materials that Red wiggler worms produce are referred to as worm castings. They are extremely beneficial in improving your garden soil because they contain high organic matter. Worms helps in loosening clay soil and helps improve retention of water in sandy type soils. Red wiggler worms castings also have sufficed nitrogen level as compared to the typical kitchen waste. With this, you minimize the risk of burning your plants another alternative is making worm tea out of the composting and castings.

Red wiggler worms or in scientific term, Eisenia Foetida, live in manure piles, compost or in rotting leaves and vegetables. They feed on things that can render other organisms lifeless, making them the ultimate composing agents! Just add these Red wiggler worms into your compost pile or bin and voila! - you will see that you have doubled the productivity of your pile!

Worm Composting or Chemical Fertilizers?
Worm Composting or Chemical Fertilizers?

Chemical Fertilizers: Pros and Cons

Red wiggler worms can give your garden, lawn, potted plants or pasture with tons of stimulant and nourishment all year round. The total amount of harvest that you gain all depends on how much and how often you use your compost. Red wiggler worms cannot easily digest dairy products, meat or acidic manure of carnivores like dogs and cats, but they can easily devour fruits, vegetables, waffles, egg shells, papers and herbivore wastes.

Another good thing about vermiculture is that it eliminates that nasty smell of decomposing vegetation. Use enough Red wiggler worms as your organic fertilizer and less material and you will surely eradicate that obnoxious smell and replace it with a lovely, earthy aroma!

Chemical Fertilizers: Pros and Cons


- One distinct advantage of these chemical fertilizers over Red wiggler worms in general is that it contains the 3 major nutrients needed which are potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. Another thing is that it can provide your plants with immediate supply of nutrients whenever the situation calls for it, unlike organic fertilizers which have a slow-emitting capability. With this, chemical fertilizers work faster on your crops as compared to Red wiggler worms and other organic fertilizers. They are also less expensive as compared to commercialized organic fertilizers.


- The primary disadvantage of these chemical types over Red wiggler worm composting and the organic brands is its high content of acid. Some of the known acids in these fertilizers are sulfuric and hydrochloric acid, which can leave a damaging effect on the nitrogen producing bacteria in your soil. Red wiggler worms do not have any of these said acids that are why it is deemed safe.

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Uncle Jim is an expert on Red Wiggler worms. 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!

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