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Details about  1 POUND + RED WORM COMPOST BEDDING FOOD COMBO DEAL + 250+ FREE REDWORMS

1 POUND + RED WORM COMPOST BEDDING FOOD COMBO DEAL + 250+ FREE REDWORMS See original listing
1-POUND-RED-WORM-COMPOST-BEDDING-FOOD-COMBO-DEAL-250-FREE-REDWORMS
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 This will include at least 1 lb. of Vermicompost which is the bedding,food,worm eggs and at least 250+ ( I add extra just to be safe )   redworms that will be included for free.This will make an added boost to an existing worm composting venture or an outstanding learning adventure for children and adults alike who would like to see the powerful might of the worms in their processing of organic waste that is turned into a natural fertilizer for your plants.All the material the Vermicompost is shipped in are completely recyclable ( packing tape can be left in also but to the best of my knowledge will not break down any time soon )  and will break down into castings for your plants.

Below you may find material that will  possibly be helpful with your vermi-culture projects .

Shipping on Mondays and Tuesdays to make sure the worms arrive safely,and in good health

If you decide to purchase the worms and you will not be able to be where they are delivered please let your post office know so they may be held for pick up.This will prevent them setting out in the weather.

                                                                                          Use your castings to make worm tea for a super plant food.

Many homeowners have some kind of home composting system in operation. However, people living in condominiums, apartments and other residences don’t have a suitable place to start a compost pile. These people feel left out on a worthwhile cause, and need alternative ways to be part of the composting program.

There is a solution! Kitchen wastes can be converted to a rich humus with the help of redworms. Children find worms fascinating. They are very well behaved "pets," and also help with household chores!

Why Compost?

Recycling the organic waste of a household into compost allows us to return badly needed organic matter to the soil. In this way, we participate in nature's cycle, and cut down on garbage going into our rapidly growing landfills.

Why compost with worms?

Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earth-smelling soil conditioner. The great advantage of worm composting is that this can be done indoors and outdoors, thus allowing year round composting. It also provides apartment dwellers with a means of composting. Overall, worm compost is made in a container filled with moistened bedding and redworms. Add your food waste for a period of time, and the worms and micro-organisms will eventually convert the entire contents into rich compost.

REDWORMS:

Eisenia Foetida

This variety is the best redworm for home composting. They produce a large amount of compost in their natural habitats of leaves, manure, compost piles and in many other decaying organic materials.

How often do worms reproduce?

Redworms are such prolific breeders that it is easy to understand why this is such an amazing experience. One thousand (1 pound) redworms under controlled conditions and temperature that promote continuous breeding throughout the year can multiply to more than 1,250,000 worms and egg capsules. What this means is that each worm is capable of producing one egg capsule per week (4 eggs per month) from which an average of 4 worms per capsule hatch out. That's a total of 12-16 worms a month from each breeding worm!

Worm farms will double their population every 2-3 months if you keep the worms happy, not to wet, not to dry and not to acidic.

Redworms are great for worm farms, compost bin, garden area, pet food or bait.

Your plants will florish with this all-natural vermi-compost.

What Kind & Size Container?

Shape:

The box or container should be shallow, not more than 1 1/2’ deep. Redworms tend to feed in the top layers of bedding. Materials may pack down if spread too deep.

Size:

Size depends on the average pounds of kitchen waste per week. A box measuring 1’ by 2’ by 3’ can handle 6 pounds of kitchen waste, which is the average for families from 4 to 6 people. A smaller sized box, 1’ by 2’ by 2’, can handle kitchen waste for 2 people.

Material:

Never use a recycled container that might have been used for chemicals! Treated wood could be harmful, also. Some examples of good materials to use might be:

Wooden pallets

Old Rubbermaid containers

Old ammunition boxes

Old bathtubs

Bedding:

Corrugated cardboard is an excellent material for bedding. Be careful not to breathe in the dust if you shred it. Corrugated cardboard holds moisture better than any other material. Some people use a piece of corregated cardboard to cover their bedding. In a "wet" environment, it can help to absorb some liquid, and will eventually disinegrate.

Shredded newsprint and computer strips can be used. The papers should be shredded in long lengths of ¼" wide strips. It’s easily moistened, but the strips don’t keep the moisture as well. Strips provide more surface area from which the water can evaporate. They require frequent moistening. The black ink used for printing the newspaper is not toxic to redworms. The main ingredients of black ink are carbon and some oils. Colored ink should be avoided. There used to be heavy metals, such as lead and chrome, in colored ink. US Government regulations now forbid the use of heavy metals in colored ink for printing newspapers.

Shredded newspaper is the most economic material. Make the strips from one to two’ long by ½ to 1" wide. Redworms will eat the paper after it has softened.

Some people may object to the initial odors of animal manures. It is not recommended to use manures if the box will be located in your living area! Animal manures have other organisms such as mites, sowbugs, centipedes or grubs that you wouldn’t want in your home. But if the box will be outside or in a garage, manures would be fine. Worms really like manures. Reminder—no pet, people or pig manures!

Old decaying leaves are a good source of bedding. Some leaves are better than others are. For example, maple leaves are preferred over oak leaves, because the latter take longer to break down. Leaves from trees growing along heavily traveled roads could be dangerous because of possible lead accumulation on the leaves.

Peat moss can be used if mixed with other bedding materials. It has an excellent moisture holding capacity, however it provides no nutrients for the worms, and can be expensive.

A handful of soil provides the grit worms need for breaking down food particles within the gizzard. Since worms don’t have teeth, their food must be broken down by muscle action in their gizzards

Setting up a Worm System

You need:

A worm box

Bedding

A couple of handfuls of soil or sand

A scale, if you want to know how many pounds of food waste you have.

Moisture. Worms’ bodies & the bedding should have the same amount of moisture content. This amounts to 75% to 90% moisture content.

Water: Bedding ration = 3:1 by weight. Three pounds water to one pound bedding.

If using dry bedding such as shredded paper, newspaper strips or cardboard, you need to wet it. One way is to put the material in a bucket and add water to it, until it is saturated. (That would be about a minute or two.)

Manure bedding:

If using composted manures, it is more difficult to determine moisture. Be careful not to make the manure soggy! If the manure is too soggy, add some dry material to it, such as shredded paper cardboard or leaf mold. The goal is to keep your worm bin under aerobic rather than anaerobic conditions.

Moisture & Temperature:

A few drops of moisture released by squeezing could be a guideline for the right amount. If five or more drops are produced the material is too wet. The ideal temperature for worms is between 55 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Adding worms to bedding:

When bedding is ready for the worms place the worms on top. They will disappear in a short time in the bedding. They don’t like light. By keeping some bright light close by the box the worms will disappear faster in the bedding. If some stay on the surface after some time, assume that they are unhealthy or maybe dead, and remove them.

Food:

Most kitchen waste or table scraps, any vegetables, grapefruits, orange rinds, apple peels, lettuce and cabbage, celery ends, spoiled food from the refrigerator, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells are all suitable worm meals. (Remember, no meat or dairy products belong in a worm bin.)

Don't use meat or milk products in the worm bin. Mice and rats could be attracted to the odors!

Also, non-biodegradable materials don't belong in a worm box.

Cat litter should not be used. The odor of cat urine is intolerable to worms, plus the ammonia in the urine could kill the worms! Cats can carry the disease Taxoplasma gondii. This can transfer to humans. For example, a pregnant woman could inhale some of the protozoan and pass the disease on to her fetus, causing birth defects.

Harvesting castings and changing bedding

After weeks of adding food wastes the bedding goes down. This is a combination of worm activity and the microorganism activities. Decomposition and composting are taking place. The color of bedding becomes darker. The favorable environment for the worms decreases. The large amounts of castings might become harmful to the worms. Castings of one worm are toxic to another worm.

When to change the bedding depends on the bedding used, the quantity of the earthworms in the box, temperature and moisture conditions. Four to six months is a good guess for keeping the same bedding, if the worm boxes are correctly maintained.

If you have a problem with ants, just sprinkle garden lime around your tubs & on the surface of the compost in the tub. Lime is excellent for balancing the Ph of the bin (6.5 – 7.5) and is also good for the worms’ digestive track. When purchasing lime, stay away from industrialized lime products and use only general purpose garden lime. Industrialized lime tends to burn the worms on contact.

What are the other bugs in my worm bin?

Once your worm bin has been going for a while, you may notice other creatures like mites, springtails, fruit flies, and black soldier fly larvae living in your bin. This is normal, these creatures will not hurt your worms. In fact, they help the composting process.

Worm Bin Troubleshooting

 

Symptom:
Smells like rotten eggs or garbage

Cause:
Too wet
Meat, fish, dairy or pet waste in bin
Food scraps not covered

Solution:
Mix in shredding computer paper, dry leaves, peat moss or sawdust. Keep food scraps and pet waste out. Cover food with bedding when added.

Symptom:
Bedding is dry, few worms

Cause:
Not enough water

Solution:
Mix and moisten bedding, cover with plastic or moistened cardboard. Move bin out of sun.

Symptom:
Food scraps building up

Cause:
Too much food
Bin too cold or too hot

Solution:
Limit food scraps. Add more worms. Build another bin. Move bin to cool basement or garage. Keep bin filled with bedding.

Symptom:
Maggots in bin

Cause:
Meat, dairy or other animal products

Solution:
Keep animal products out of the bin. Cover bedding with cardboard or plastic.

Symptom:
Fruit flies swarm out when bin opened

Cause:
Exposed food scraps

Solution:
Always cover food scraps with bedding. If you still have fruit flies, add an inch of sawdust or peat moss to top of the bedding, or cover bedding with cardboard or plastic.

Symptom:
Worms crawling up sides of bin

Cause:
Too much food, bedding too wet or fully decomposed

Solution:
Limit food scraps or build another bin. Add dry bedding.

Let the worms do the sorting

If you prefer only to add some new fresh bedding, carefully move the old bedding to one side of the box. Add the fresh bedding in the open space and start feeding in the new bedding.

Divide and dump technique

To divide the worms from the old bedding, dump the contents of the worm box on a sheet of plastic or a table. The worms will go down in the pile if you expose them to light. After a short time remove the top layer of the bedding up to the point you encounter worms. Wait a short time, and continue removing the bedding. You will end up with lots of worms in a small pile. If too many worms are left, some could be supplied for starting another box.

The size of box and amount of worms are deciding factors for how much food should be put in the box. Remember the 2:1 ratio for worms. Two pounds of worms is needed for one pound of food per 24 hours. The surface area of the box should be 7 square feet if 7 pounds of waste in one week is consumed.

If too much kitchen waste is produced on certain occasions, the wastes could be temporarily stored in another container for use later. An overloaded worm box can become anaerobic, and stinky! If that happens, don’t add any fresh kitchen waste. If you leave it alone for a while, the situation will correct itself.

Worms need oxygen to live. The oxygen diffuses across the moist tissue of their skin, from the region of greater concentration of oxygen (air) to that of lower concentration (inside the worm.) Carbon dioxide produced by the bodily processes of the worm also diffuses through skin. Moving from higher concentration to lesser concentration, carbon dioxide moves from the inside of the worm’s body out into the surrounding bedding. A constant supply of fresh air throughout the bedding helps this desirable exchange take place.

Orders are shipped Priority Mail on Mondays,Tuesdays,and sometimes on Wednesdays if the destiation is close to ensure they arrive alive and healthy. Although these worms do not require refrigeration, they can not tolerate temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, 55-75 is ideal. A person needs be available to accept the delivery or arrange to pick up at the Post Office that day.Please let me know before hand so Postal service may be notified. If there is a problem with your worms, please notify me immediately.

We are dedicated to educating interested individuals on the importance of recycling through composting. In addition, we will provide quality products to satisfy your needs and expectations the first time, every time, whether it be through timely delivery, efficient and courteous service as well as reliability.



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