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Easy ways to raise Redworms
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Feed for Worms:

  • Any well composted manure, Use 'green' (fresh) manure sparingly (see note below)
    • If you need rabbit manure, ask at the feed store who's buying rabbit feed, you may get it for free or buy it from them
      • Rabbit feed makes a good worm feed too

  • Try not to cover your whole worm bed with feed, if the feed heats up the worms need a place to back away (see note)

  • Some feed stores have worm feed

  • Chicken laying mash crumbles (The only feed I actually buy)

  • Wet paper and cardboard...keep it wet and in small pieces...

  • Grass clippings

  • Coffee grounds and filters

  • Anything that composts, smaller pieces are better

  • Avoid dairy, and meat scraps as they could stink and draw pests, avoid onions, citrus fruit, and hot pepper as they can irrate the worms due to acid and spice content

  • Sprinkle a little sand on the bed of mix it in with the bedding, worms have gizzards to grind food like a bird

Note: Feed lightly as overfeeding can result in uneaten food which can spoil and turn acidic. If the bedding is too acidic it can harm or even kill the worms. Also a lot of feed (especially if buried) can go into a heat which can kill worms. (This may be okay during times of a hard freeze if the feed or fresh manure is limited to a discrete trench within the bed to provide some heat.) To control acid add egg-shells and maybe lime. When using lime be sure to use pure pulverized limestone, as hydrated/slacked (a.k.a. builder's lime) or chemically treated lime that is often used in gardens can harm or possibly kill the worms. You can use Borax. Just tell them what you really need at any feed-store. You can get pH test strips and meters at most garden centers.Note: no space for the text!
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Random Thoughts

  • Worms are top feeders, and if your worms are crawling away at night or during thunderstorms
    • may need to put a light (40 watt) over the bed...these are lazy worms and I've never had a problem.

  • New worms in a bed usually don't eat the first few days ...they are just getting used to their new place.

  • Worms will double in numbers every 60 - 90 days... So... Go fishing or build more beds

  • Worms can also be a great part time/full time income.

  • Worm castings is a great natural fertilizer.

If you have any questions...I'm usually in the house after dark, central time, North Alabama
  • just call me at: 256-859-5538 - If I don't answer just leave a message.
  •   (I do tend to turn in by 10 PM and sleep late on some weekends) :-)


or email me Greg@GreenGregs.com

Redworms have been good to me and I hope you'll give redworms a try.

Best 'O Luck!

Greg Allison

Green Greg's Garden and Worm Farm

112 Stilwell Dr.

Toney, AL 35773

256-859-5538
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