Red Wrigglers (Eisenia fetida)
Red Wrigglers (Eisenia fetida) are the best because they thrive on organic materials. They can be purchased from Northern Worm Ranch, 11675 Family Place Road, Prince George, British Columbia - (250) 552-3919, found in aged horse manure piles, leaf piles or obtained from a friend.
For every 1 pound of kitchen wastes per day, you will need 2 pounds of worms (approximately 2000 worms). If you are unable to get this many worms or do not produce this amount of kitchen wastes reduce accordingly.
Red Wrigglers produce 2 - 3 cocoons per week for 6 months to a year once they reach sexual maturity in 3 - 4 weeks from hatching. Each cocoon will contain 1 - 14 babies, which will hatch in approximately 3 weeks. The cocoons appear white when first produced and gradually turn to a deep brown-red colour before hatching. They will only breed to the holding capacity of the bin, therefore they will not overpopulate.
Creating the optimum conditions in your vericomposter you can successfully breed and produce castings. Three important facts are food, space and a moist, cool environment.
A variety of kitchen wastes ensures the worms are receiving all the required nutrients and provides richer castings. Bury the kitchen wastes by pulling aside the bedding, dumping in the waste and covering the waste with bedding. Alternate the burying spots in the bin to ensure the bedding is digested as well. Waste Suggestions
Harvesting The Worms
After 1 - 3 months, little original bedding should be visible in the bin; it will appear brown and earthy. The worms need to be sorted from the from the brown earthy material and more bedding needs to be added. Sorting Instructions
To learn more about worms visit our worm anatomy section