Any container will work, such as a wide mouthed plastic tub or stout boxes. If you make a wooden bin, it should be tightly constructed, so the worms cannot escape. Drainage should be provided by means of a few small holes or narrow cracks in the bottom of each bin. Cover the bottom with cardboard or newspaper, which can be renewed from time to time. It is advisable to provide a false bottom made of lath to reinforce the bottom of the bin and make the damp compost come away clean when it is dumped. Your bin will require a free flow of air around it as well as temperatures in the 60 to 80f range.
and Feeding of Redworms
fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, bread, egg shells, any vegetable matter
meat and bones, salt, vinegar, cooking oils, dairy products, rhubarb leaves
Well water is fine, so is distilled water. However it is best to let city water stand for 24 hours to allow chlorine to evaporate. Never use water from a water softening system as the salts will kill your worms.
Odor and pests
you ever wanted to know about redworms
1. The Redworm is basically a manure worm that was developed to be raised in captivity. The mature redworm is about three inches long and a well fed specimen is as big around as a thin pencil. Its skin is shiny and bright red; about a quarter of the way from the head to the tail there is a thickish breeding collar known as the clitellum.
The redworm has a mouth, a brain, five hearts(!) and very sophisticated digestive, circulatory, nervous, reproductive and muscular systems. It has no ears or eyes, but will react dramatically to bright light and vibrations in its bedding.
2. They stay at home and will not slink away or migrate if food and moisture are adequate.
3. They are adaptable to varying climatic and soil conditions and will live and multiply wherever they have moisture and organic food materials.
4. They are asexual, having both male and female reproductive organs. Each worm produces egg capsules, but must first be fertilized by contact with another worm.
5. Each healthy worm, under favorable conditions, will produce an egg capsule every 7 to 10 days. These incubate in 14 to 21 days, each hatching from 2 to 20 young worms, with an estimated average of 4. The new worms will reach breeding age in 60 to 90 days, as indicated by the formation of the clitellum, a thick ring about half the length of the worm from its head.
6. The domesticated Redworm will continue to grow, after reaching the breeding stage, for perhaps six months or more before reaching its full size.
to get yours!
Worms can be ordered from the Plovers environmental
stores web site or call 902-422-6060.