Worm Farming Secrets

Worm Farming Secrets
Worm Farming Secrets will show you how easy it is to get into Worm composting — also known as viticulture. Worm Farming Secrets likes to use Red Worms for composting, they can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, can process organic materials like newspapers, yard waste, fruits and vegetables very quickly creating extremely powerful fertilizer for plants, that your worms can turned into nutrient rich castings. These castings can be used as plant food and are an extremely powerful fertilizer for plants. If you would like an all-natural fertilizer then vermicomposting is perfect for you. For those that have gardens or even potted plants, homegrown compost is a great way to feed and nurture plants.

Worm Farming Secrets, Free News Letter will show how easy it is to step up a worm farm. Once your worm farm is set up you can order your worms, a 1,000 Count Red Wiggler Worms are around $30.00. With your worms eating your free kitchen scraps and multiplying it won’t be long before you have a lot of worms. Worm Farming Secrets will show you How to successfully market and sell your live bait to other fishermen, bait shops and hobby shops for profit. Don’t forget also your worms waste is gardening gold for your plants and garden or to sell to others.

Have you been to the Bait store lately and see how much bait shops charge for 12 worms, usually in poor health.  Just think while you are making money with your worm farm, you will also have an endless supply of Fat Healthy Worms for fishing. Successful fishermen know that there’s just no substitute for live bait when it comes to catching more and bigger fish.

The following is a list of just a few of the topics covered in the Worm Farming Secrets newsletter. This newsletter is a must if you’re planning to start garden composting or maybe your own worm farm this year. Worm Farming Secrets Newsletter is Step-by-step instructions to build a low cost, highly productive worm farm or wormery to supply your garden with a year round supply of worm compost.

Worm Casting Tea

 Worm Farming Secrets worm tea is worm castings “poop” which have been soaked in water and oxygenated. The extra oxygen causes a bloom of the good bacteria, plus the added benefit of nitrogen, phosphate, calcium, magnesium and potash.  The liquid that drains out of a worm composting bin is very nutrient-rich and your houseplants and garden will love it! The following is a list of just a few of the topics covered in the Worm Farming Secrets newsletter. This newsletter is a must if you’re planning to start garden composting or maybe your own worm farm this year. Worm Farming Secrets Newsletter is Step-by-step instructions to build a low cost, highly productive worm farm or wormery to supply your garden with a year round supply of worm compost.

Keep Worms In The Dark

 Worm Farming secrets says to choose a bin made of material that is made of a solid material not transparent. Keep a lid on your bin to prevent any light from entering. Red worms have no eyes and cannot see they use light-sensitive skin cells concentrated at the front end of their bodies to sense light and move away from it. If your container is kept dark You’re worms will feed on the surface and stay active.

Worm Bedding

Start your worm farm with some shredded newspaper, moistened, not wet. Add a couple of handfuls of soil, not potting soil, and a couple of crushed egg shells make sure the eggshells have been cooked before putting them in your worm farm. If they are not from boiled eggs, you can cook them by putting them in a cup of water in the microwave.  The one property the bedding material must have is the ability to absorb water. Worms need a moist environment—their bodies consist of 70 to 90 percent water. Moist bedding allows your worms to stay comfortable.

Feeding The Worms

 Worms are not picky when it comes to food, as they eat many of the same items you do. They like fruit, vegetables, grains, pasta, bread and even oatmeal. They also like newspapers and yard waste just to mention a few.

How Much Can a Worm Eat

The general rule of thumb is worms can eat about half their weight in food per day. This means that if you start with 1 pound of red worms, red worms can eat a half pound of food per day. Worms can survive up to two weeks without any additional food. The types of food worms like fruit, vegetables, newspaper and yard waste just to mention a few

Worm Training

 You can train your worms to follow the food. If you take a standard worm farm container and break it into 4 sections or Quadrants. When you feed your worms, place the food into the next section in a circular motion in the container. The worms will finish what they’re eating in one section and move with the food placement to the next section. For more information on worm training get  the Worm Farming Secrets Newsletter.

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Using Worm Castings As A Fertilizer

Using Worm Castings As A Fertilizer

Worm Castings

This stuff will make your plants grow like crazy. You can sprinkle it around the top of the pot and water it in. 

Mix it up with potting soil to boost growth of your plants or make "worm tea" by soaking the castings in pure water like a tea bag. An old panty hose or sock will work. This makes an excellent liquid fertilizer for all your needs. Steep overnight in a quart or gallon container, stir occasionally. Then continue to use until water is clear. Then the castings can still be used as a fertilizer as well.

You cannot harm plants by adding too much, unlike commercial fertilizer.

Castings are very light, a gallon bag will weigh about 5 lbs.
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How To Make A DIY Worm Compost Farm

How To Make A DIY Worm Compost Farm

What do I feed my worms?

 Any nitrogen rich food scraps from the kitchen will do. Fruit and vegetable scraps from the garden will also do nicely. You can put coffee grounds with the filters, tea bags, bread crusts potato skins, molded and spoiled foods, paper napkins, vegetable peels, shredded newspaper, (no color paper or color ink) egg shells. Livestock manure can also be put in the worm bin. If you would rather use a feed type of food, Purina makes a worm chow. This typically sells in the $11 - $12 for 50lb. bag. If you use the worm chow you might want to mix up three cups of crushed limestone per bag. This will make for healthier worms.  

You should avoid putting things like meat, dairy products and very greasy foods. Dog, cat, caged bird manure, pig manure should be avoided in the bin.

What do I put into the bin for bedding?

You can put almost anything into the bin. This is the bedding I prefer to use. This combination is fairly inexpensive and will be easy to maintain. I start with about 60% peat moss, 35% paper, 4% composted cow manure and 1% play sand. Don't forget the water. You want to make sure this combination is really moist before putting worms into it. This combination seems to work well. I use 38 quart plastic containers for my bins. When starting a new bin I put in a pound of worms and about a gallon and a half of bedding, about 3 1/2" - 4" in the bottom of the bin.

How often should I water the bin?

This will depend on the climate you are in and also what type of bins you are using and airflow in the bin. Plastic bins tend to stay wet longer than the wood bins. If you can squeeze a handful of bedding and get a drop of water out of it then it is we enough. You do not want to soak the bin. A wet bin will be a smelly bin, once a bin is wet it will produce methane gas and smell really bad when you open it. If I have a bin that is too wet simply mix a double handful of shredded paper into the bin. This will absorb some of the liquid from the bin and the worms love it. I normally use about 33% of the bin with paper to bedding ratio. You can put up to a 50% paper ratio if you have a really wet bin with no adverse effects. They will eat all the paper you can put into the bin. 

How do I remove worms from the castings or compost?

The easiest way to separate worms from bedding without a harvester. Dump all the bedding out on a big piece of cardboard or plastic in the sun or under a bright light. If putting them in the sun do not leave them for very long because they will get too hot. The worms will go to the very bottom. Keep taking layers of dirt off the top until you have just worms and a little compost. Then take all that’s left and put it back in the bin.

You can also use the screen method if you don't want to wait. Although this method is more work. Use a piece of 1/8" screen and just dump a handful of worms and compost. Shake until only worms and peat moss remain. The 1/8" screen will only let the castings (worm manure) go through. This method works best if your bin is a little drier. If your bin is very wet then this will not work effectively This is the best method to remove only castings from the bin.

You might want to make a few frames out of 1 x 2 stock, use about a 2' square and just staple the screen on the bottom. Make one with 1/8" screen and one with 1/4" screen. Use the 1/8" screen first to separate worms from castings. Then use the 1/4" screen to separate the adult worms from babies and eggs. This is good if your bin is overcrowded and you want to start another bin. Just dump all your babies and eggs into another bin. Add a big handful of worms in there also if you want to use it for composting as well. Otherwise it will take 2 to 3 weeks for the babies to be big enough to compost effectively.

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Types Of Worms For Farming Or Composting

Types Of Worms For Farming Or Composting

Red Worms - Eisenia Foetida

They are a very good farming worm. If it grows and is dead, they will consume it. However, do not use meat or dairy products and very little lemon or lime. Red worms love pumpkins, watermelons, squash, fruit and a lot of vegetables. Lawn clippings and shredded paper are also favorites. The best temperature for growing worms is 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. There are about 1000 worms "bed run" per pound.

Use red worms for fishing and composting. When they are composting, they create castings or worm manure which can be used on gardens, lawns, hanging baskets and planters. Put about a tablespoon in the bottom of each hole, then some on top after planting. Do not use a lot on each plant. This is an organic fertilizer.

For plants, you can make a worm tea from the castings. Use 1/2 cup of castings in 1 gallon of water. Stir three or four times over a 12-24 hour period. Use right away, use all of it. Do not let stand.

Red Wigglers (Eisenia Fetida) also known as Red Worms, Tiger Worms, Brandling Worms, Trout Worms and Manure Worms. They are the most common composting worms used due to their quick breeding, adaptation to wide range of temperatures and ease of care. Red Wigglers can be raised in just about any container like a small tote or box, Worm Inn or many other types indoor and outdoor worm beds. They require a carbon rich bedding material capable of holding moisture such as cardboard, newspaper, dried leaves or composted manure. Given the right conditions red wigglers can eat up to 1/2 their weight per day in vegetable scraps, used coffee grounds, old tea bags,fruits, composted manure and many others. They breed fast and can double in population in just a couple of months. Red Worms can tolerate a wide range of bedding temperatures from around 45°F to 85°F. In additon to composting red wigglers also make great bait for pan fish and food for pets like birds, turtles, salt or fresh water aquarium fish, and reptiles. They're particularly great for cultivation and farming purposes, especially for local DIY worm farms. There are approximately 1000 worms to the pound.

European Nightcrawlers - Eisenia Hortensia

This worm is known as a Super Red, Big Red or Giant Redworm. They are 3" to 6" inches long and are a very good compost worm. Their hide is tougher and is also an excellent worm for fishing. Get a cup of this premier bait worm and take a kid fishing!

The European Nightcrawlers last longer on the hook and in a bait cup than either the redworms or the Canadian Nightcrawlers.

Euros are a good source of high protein food for pets, such as fish, lizards, turtles and birds.
They are a great all-around worm for fishing and composting. Use the compost in your lawn, garden, planters and baskets.

The European Night Crawler (Eisenia Hortnesis ) is the larger cousin of the Red Wiggler and more readily used as fishing bait. They are also known as Super Red Worms or bait worms. Like red wiggles they require the same type of habitat and food sources, however they do prefer a slightly more moist environments. They can grow up to 4-6″ long and as thick as a #2 pencil. They breed slightly slower than red wigglers but can still double in population every 3 to 4 months. The European night crawler can tolerate a slightly cooler temperature range. Their range is 25°F to 85°F degrees. People have ice fished with them and they can survive the frigid waters. European night crawlers make a great option for those wanting to utilize them for their composting needs and supply of live bait. There are approximately 500 worms to the pound.
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