Red wriggler worms are commonly known as one of the best worms used in vermin cultures. These are voracious species of worms that can consume a huge amount of organic materials and can adapt very well in bin types of housing. They also reproduce faster than the other worms, making it faster to do composting because of their growing numbers. There are also other species of worms that are used for making organic fertilizers.
These worms do well in small areas such as a compost bin which is advantageous to gardeners with a little space for their compost area. They are also easy to take care of as they do pretty well in any condition except for warm environments where they will dry up or move out. The housing will really depend on your lifestyle and the area where you live.
These worms’ major benefits in conditioning our soil by fertilizing it can be summarized in three benefits such as physical, chemical, and biological. The physical benefits of these worms or any species of worms to the ground is by making tunnels or holes in the soil, thus aerating it and makes easy access for the water to flow inside. Imagine how many passages these worms can make, you will be spared of poking the soil with your pitchfork. Aeration helps a lot on improving the fertility of the soil. The chemical benefits of red wriggler worms are by ingesting any organic matter that they can consume. Even small stones are eaten by these worms that are passed down through its gizzard and become a fine paste which is then passed to the intestine to be digested and become the valuable worm castings. Experts in the US indicates the impressive information that these worm casts are even 5 times richer in nitrogen, 7 times richer in phosphate and its potash content is 11 times more richer than the upper soil. This is why gardeners as well as farmers value the importance of these worms. This benefit is the main purpose why they use worms on their composts instead of going with the traditional way of making your compost. Lastly, the biological benefit is that these worms have a major part in making a large amount of organic wastage into something that is very beneficial to all which is soil fertility. By doing so, what was supposed to be trash or waste like the dried leaves are converted into rich humus that can be used as fertilizers?
These worms can be found in your farm and are mostly present on the manures of your animals but you can also buy them at any compost shops or gardeners/farmers that culture them. Perhaps you might wonder how many worms you will need; well it actually depends on the size of your worms’ housing and the food you give. You can also use the ratio of two pounds of worms per one pound of food.
If you’re still skeptical on the benefits of these worms as compared to the traditional chemical fertilizers, there are many sources of information where you can find out more benefits and results of using these on your garden.