Here is some info about Euro’s, first off these worms are NOT big like Dew Worms ( Canadian Nightcrawlers, I am going to tell you what these are.
Euro’s are Great fishing worms that range in bait from 2″-4″ long and about as thick as an HB pencil.
Euro’s are a different color then the Canadian N/C, most of the Euros have a yellow tip tail.
The greatest thing about the Euro’s is These are warm weather worms! but don’t get me wrong, these worms can take the cold very well. You need No fridge for these worms,
Euro’s are very good composting worms as well, pound for pound the Red wiggler and the Euros are even for waste food consumption.
Tests have been done on Euro’s over the last 10 years in North America, and I know many USA worm farmers that prefer the Euro’s over the Red wigglers.
Red Worms on the other hand are very well suited for home worm composting Vermicomposting) but in my opinion Red wigglers are only good for Vermicomposting These reds do breed and reproduce a little quicker then the Euros.
Written by Jeff on January 8th, 2010 with no comments.
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Here at our farm we have been totally organic for years now, to get a Certified Organic farm here in Canada it takes 3 years of paper work and soil tests. We are working on making the farm Certified Organic.. Even though we are not Certified Organic at the moment, We know we have been 100% organic for years now..
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For the 10 days that the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto Ontario is on. The Northern Ontario Agri-Food Education and Marketing Inc. will be selling our worm castings. In the Northern Ontario Agriculture Pavilion. So if you are going to be at the Fair be sure to pick up a bag of Worm Casting and watch your plants grow like never before.
Written by Jeff on November 6th, 2008 with 1 comment.
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For awhile now I have been making Worm Bins, and making sure they work!! and guess what! they work great. The 2 bins I am going to talk about are both plastic worm composting bins, A small apartment size and a 58 L bin great for a small family. And YES they are both FOR SALE here at Friendly Worm Guy.
First we will talk about my nice little Apartment Size bin.
This nice bin is great for the starters and kids out there.this nice little bin is made with a vent in the lid,comes with enough bedding to start the bin,how to take care of the bin paper and a Worms at Work sticker. this bin should be started with 1/2 lb of worms.
This bin sells for $29.99 (without worms) and $45.00 with 1/2 pound of composting worms. (Shipping is extra)
Second we will talk about my 58 Litre bin, Great for a small family
These bigger bins always have problems with a lack of air making it to the bottom and middle of the bin causing smells in the bin. I have made this bin to correct this problem. I have made this bin with an AIR VENT TUBE through the middle of the bin. No More lack of air making it to the middle of the bin, and great composting at all times….
I have a little vent on each end of the bin, connected to the air vent that passes from one end of the bin to the other.
Here is a picture of the Air vent Tube that runs from one end of the bin to the other, and YES this air tube is VERY Strong, it would be very hard to break the air tube, I think the bin would break first.
This bin sells for $39.99 (without worms) and $79.99 with 1 lb of composting worms
(Shipping is extra)
Yes each bin comes with Bedding to start bin and how to take care of the bin, paper.
Written by Jeff on September 8th, 2008 with 2 comments.
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Taking Care of Your Friendly Worm Guy Worm Bin
Taking care of a Friendly Worm Guy worm bin is not as difficult as you may think. There are just a few things that you should know about them and what I feel we should avoid. First I will tell you what kind of foods that do well in a bin. Then I will give you a list of foods I feel we should stay away from.
NOTE: The food must first start to rot and turn into bacteria before the worms can ingest it.
So cutting the food into smaller pieces will speed up the decomposing process.
That will help the worms to eat the food up faster.
Be careful if you try using the blender to cut up food (called a slurry), this can make your bin wet. Small amounts are fine, each week. You would have to experiment with small amounts at a time. However large amounts will make the bin too wet. I do not advise experimenting with this until you are used to feeding worms for a good while. First you should get the feel of what works well and the moisture level they seem to like best. European Nightcrawlers like more moisture then Red Wigglers. If worried just stay away from using slurries, as they are the trickiest to feed with. Researching about this type of feeding is advisable before attempting this method.
Foods that work well in Worm bins
-Coffee grounds and coffee filters
(I believe you can actually use all the coffee/tea grounds that you get, they love it!)
-Finely shredded paper/newspaper (no shiney, waxy paper)
-Dried leaves (in fall)
-Fruit- bananas and their peels or any other fruit and their peels,apples and their cores,celery,pears,peaches,etc.
-Vegitables – Potato peelings,carrot peelings, left over peas, green beans, lettuce,cucumber,etc.
-Bins do well with left over watermellon, cantelope and honey dew mellons (caution- these types of fruit have lots of water and will add more moisture to your bin. So don’t add too much that your bin can handle it) even the seeds can start growing in it, this is good in the bin as well.
-Plain Maccaronni,(I won’t put anything spicy)(remember no hamburger or meat)
-Dried Bread ,crumbled in moderation
-Egg shells are most important as they neutralize the PH of your worm bin and add grit for the worms to digest the food in their gizzard (keep all egg shells and crush up fine for the bin after they are completely dried out). You can put dried egg shells in a used bread or sandwich bag and roll with a rolling pin to crush it fine enough for the worms. When it is finely ground add it to the bin.
Smaller amounts and different kinds of food waste is the best type of feeding. It makes more variety of nutrients and a very healthy environment within an inside home bin. The breakdown of foods will be at different time intervals when variety is given. Also, alot more nutrients are availiable to the worms. This also will be good for your castings(worm poop)-100% Natural fertilizer(with no chemicals added). Keep the bin decomposing the foods but try not to fill it faster than the worms can possibly eat it. Over feeding could cause problems in the bin. Thus making the bin too wet and could make it stinky. Remember, if the bin is in good working order the bin will not stink as long as you always bury all the food that you are putting in your bin. Then the smell of decomposition will not escape. My tip, START SLOW, don’t feed excessively and take your time. Experiment on what they enjoy to eat and how slow or fast they are at eating certain foods. Experimenting with smaller amounts of new foods is safe, watching carefully and taking your time. You will then understand how and what you want to feed them. Healthy FRIENDLY WORM GUY WORMS are very hardy and are good keepers. Just take good care of your bin weekly. Let them have enough time to do their work. In time, you will have a good idea how much food scraps to put in and the correct moisture level. You will know by the appearance of your worms and soil in your bin. When the bin is getting to dry you can moisten it with a fine water mist from a water sprayer. I have balanced the moisture level in the bin at times with adding dry shreaded paper/cardboard when I find it too wet. I like to move all the bedding around once every few weeks or so to aerate the environment. I also add a bunch of moist shreaded paper/cardboard on top to stop any odours from arising in/out of the bin.
Foods to KEEP OUT of your worm bin
-No Oranges,tomatoes,lemons (no acidic fruit)(more experienced bin owners can or will get away with small amounts of these added)
-No Meat or poultry
-No Milk or milk products,don’t forget about yogurt and cheese products being a milk product
You may see warning signs as a problem in your bin, for eg. if the worms seem to be trying to get out. Most often worms are just exploring in a new bin or just exploring their space and all is fine. They also will crawl around on the inside lid and around the sides just before it rains. I would not worry just watch how the bin is acting and you will get a good idea what is happening. Allow worms in a new worm bin to get used to it’s new environment. It may take them a little adjustment at first. If you like, you may take the lid off and have the bin under a house light to get them down into their new space at first. KEEP OUT OF SUNLIGHT, they are too fragile to be in the sun. Worms need it dark and moist. Later you can put the lid back on. Make sure your bin has enough air vents to breath or buy one of our FRIENDLY WORM BINS already to go.
Other reasons that may make the worms crawl about their bin. Think about the latest things you fed them, is there lots of noise around them or vibrations, is barometric pressure dropping? Some foods may not be as favourable to the worms and you may recheck you list of what not to feed. If there are vibrations / the barometric pressure is dropping and the worms think it is going to rain they are going to head out of the bedding. That’s their natural instinct. The worms like the bedding just damp to very moist(not wet). (Again, European Nightcrawlers like the moisture more then the Reds.) Remember, it is good if you can squeeze the bedding and get only about one or two drops out of it, this is the safe zone!
Having a worm bin can be great fun!! Experimenting can be the best part and the majority of kids love it too!! They can get dirty in the dirt, even in the winter, and hold the worms. They also learn about worms and their habitat!
Note : Grandparents also will find this hobby fun with the grandchildren! We have two children of our own and we see it is fun for all. When we show them, they really like to check out the worms. Our oldest likes to help feed them too! He asks lots of questions and he likes childrens books made about them. We bought our own children books on worms but your local library could do just fine too!
The bins can make you your own castings which is the best ever fertilizer that nature intended!! Also, when you want to go fishing, the worms are always around. It’s easy to get worms out and take with you, fresh and wiggly, even during the very early morning hours!! If taking care of worms properly, you can have plump juicey worms and never have to buy worms again. Not to mention another bin can be started on your own or you can even add a percentage of worms each year into your garden. The worms can aerate the soil and make the castings in your garden as your own personal garden workers. You could add an outside compost bin and slowly start to put worms in it as your worms reproduce more worms in your indoor bin. I also believe an outdoor composter can also be a necessity as the excess food scapes that you can’t use indoors may be put in the outdoor composter. If you do not have an outdoor composter you could always freeze excess food and label it worm feed. Then you can use the frozen feed at a later date when it’s needed. In the long run, very little waste of food scrapes come out of your home. Food gets recycled, we can use the worms for our gardens and fishing. The worm fertilizer is used to improve our plant growth and soil and it is a neat and inexpensive hobby once established.
The bin must be harvested about every 4-6 months or so, the worms can’t survive in their own waste once it is overtaking the bin. The castings(worm poop) is no longer food for the worms to consume. The waste is no longer good to the worms but for us it is odour free and the complete nutrients needed for our plants to grow to their potential. Castings make the ideal thing to use in starting garden seeds. Scientists have tested this in the past with great results. It has proven itself to be the best out of many different ways for starting seedlings.
We have had several customers who commented on how the castings worked so well on their plants and that it works better than any fertilizer method they have ever used. I am also worry free about the health of my vegitables I eat from my garden because I know it is healthy. Summer is a healthier eating for us all, at our home. Worm castings are a nice reward for our efforts!! The indoor bin can be fun for many people. If it is not fun, those people may benifit by having an outdoor compost bin and just buying their worms and castings from a local worm and vermicultural business. This keeps us in business too!!
The biggest complaint about an indoor bin could be if you get fruit flies in your bin. With a CAREFUL,WATCHFUL EYE this will NOT HAPPEN. Excessive amounts of food or food not carefully burried may cause this. Neglecting the bin could also cause this to happen. If it does happen a homemade trap can be made to rid them or a sticky fly box can be bought at a local hardware store to trap them. Then note what went wrong and avoid the problem from re-occuring. Also burying your food under the bedding or shedded paper bedding should stop flies from arriving and hatching and keep down the smell of decomposition. Note: I have had a bin in my kitchen for food scapes for a long time. With a watchful eye, the bin did not give off odours. I burry all food and when they finally get eating then I add more to the bin. We also have an outdoor compost bin we use in the summer (so far without worms in it), with the outdoor bin there is no need to be as watchful.With an outdoor composter you must just be careful not to put foods that will attract animals to your home. I have enjoyed our bin, still learning(always learning), only tried using a slurry once. I just cut up my food in small pieces by hand with a knife. I am confident that if I can do a worm bin then anyone can. Just take your time and experiment slowly.
HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FRIENDLY WORM GUY WORM BIN!! THANKS FOR RECYCLING!!
Advice by -The Friendly Worm Guy and his Wife (the one who feeds the worms in the indoor worm bins)
Written by Jeff on September 7th, 2008 with no comments.
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Here is some great questions from Gwen. here is the questions!
“I too am interested in worm farming. I live in Central Oregon which is a great place to raise worms. I have started 3 bins, 2 plastice bins that are each 5 levels and one 30 gallon tub with lid. I am wondering how do you know when it is time to harvest worms and start a new bin? Seems simple, I get how to separate them , feed them and all but how do you know when to harvest? Should the bins be overflowing with worms??? Should it be when the composting is complete?? I feel silly not knowing but in all the books and websites I have visited this is not clearly addressed….. HELP!!”
I am postings pics of the bedding in the bin, and finished,or mostly composted bedding that is in need of harvesting the worm casting.
The first question is 1) “I am wondering how do you know when it is time to harvest worms and start a new bin? Seems simple,Should the bins be overflowing with worms???”
here is the answer: It is time to start a new bin when the worm numbers are very high, so “yes” when it seems that your bin is overflowing with worms, it is time to start a new bin. because as the bin continues to be processed by the worms, the bin starts to fill up with worm castings in turn making less space for food, For the worms to consume, so in my opion, the worms are in their greatest numbers when the bin is full of food sourses. So this would be 2-3 months after starting the bin, as long as the worms have had a good food supply up till now. If you wait till the composting is complete, the number of worms will have dropped in big numbers.
so Gwen! I hope this answer helps
Now I would like to post some pics of, worm bin bedding, composted bedding, pre-composted bedding etc.
Here is a pic of pre-composted food waste that I pickup from the Old Vault rest. please check out the post on the Old Vault Food waste.
Next we have a pic of shredded cardboard, this stuff is great for adding to a worm bin, If your bin gets too moist, cardboard will take care of the excess moisture very quickly.
Another bedding material I like to use is shredded paper, YES you will hear my worm buddies say that shredded paper has chemicals in it, in numbers to high to use this material for worm bedding, I have had only one problem when using paper, It will pack down in the bin if used in thick layers, so if you mix the paper and cardboard together, the combo works great.
Now on to the worm bed, this is a pic of the worm bed completely composted ready to be harvested.
This a pic after the composted bedding is screened and turned into Worm Castings(worm poop)
I hope these pictures of the different processing steps in the worm bedding helps alot of you people out.
Lets hear what you have to say!! was this post helpful??
Written by Jeff on August 26th, 2008 with 5 comments.
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Well , its a little more then a week since my last post on the Giant Sunflowers Growth. But it was worth the wait. This week the flower is coming on the plant, and it is now 10 feet and 10 inchs TALL.
I am sure the plant is not going to get any taller, but lets see if the plant will be able to remain standing with the weight of the very big Sunflower head that is going to grow on this plant in the next couple of weeks. now from guessing how tall this plant will get, now we can guess the weight of the finished sunflower head.
Till next time!!
Giant Sunflower #1
Giant Sunflower Update #2
Written by Jeff on August 26th, 2008 with no comments.
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Reuse and Recycle at its best! My building I harvest all my worms in, and the building I make all my worm bins in, Is made from 95% left over and reused materials and it looks great TOO!
My building is 16′ wide X 24′ long, the doors and windows were either given to me by someone, or they were bought at yard sales by us.
3 years ago we completely gave our house new siding,windows,doors,electical,etc 75% of the siding was left over from doing the house, so I only had to buy 200 sq ft of siding to complete the building.
I also needed to buy the cement mix to mix my cement. I can’t remember but I think I got 12 bags of cement. When I got to the electical, I was able to get a (breaker)panel box from my brother-in-law, the one that was in our house was too big, I only needed a small one for a building of this size.
For safety reasons I did not want to save money when it came to wiring the building, I bought the wire and the fixtures.
Well there you have it!! The cost of this building to me so far, I still need to do work inside,is $500.00.
WOW! Yes $500.00 dollars, The point I am getting to is (REDUCE,REUSE,,RECYCLE) And look at the great stuff you can do with Recycled Materials.
Till next Time….
Written by Jeff on August 17th, 2008 with no comments.
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In this post you will see some of my worm beds, and how I harvest my worm castings.
Here is one of my Worm Beds. It is 8′ long 3′ wide, This bed is used for Worm Castings production for the most part. These beds are harvested and rebedded on a monthly bases. The bedding is pre-composted, These beds are housed with Red Wigglers and European Nightcrawlers.
I take the used up Vermicompost and screen it through a 1/4″ screen, which seperates all the larger worms from the small worms and worm cocoons(worm eggs)and the worm castings.At this point the larger worms go back into this same bed to produce Worm Castings and alot of egg cocoons to be harvested again in another month.
In this pic you can see the Vermicompost on the floor after being screened through the 1/4″ screen.
The pile on the floor, as I said before is all the little worms, egg cocoons, and the Worm Castings that were in the 18 cubic ft worm bed.
At this point this pile of vermicompost is left to sit for a week or two before it is moved out to the Old Fanning Mill, to produce the final product (Worm Castings)
Here is the link to my Harvesting video.Over at my Worm Farmer friends website www.redwormcomposting.com.Harvesting Worm Castings
Here is a picture of my Worm Castings after they go through the old Fanning Mill, Bagged up and ready to be sold to you people to make all your plants grow like never before. Check out my PROMO ITEMS at the top of the page.
Written by Jeff on July 21st, 2008 with 11 comments.
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The Slogan (it’s a EUROPEAN you’re A SEEIN’ That’s catchin’ all the FISH!!) Was created by my wife Lorie. In an effort to bring attention to this very NEW to North America, Fishing and composting worm The European Nightcrawler. (Eisenia hortensis)
Mass of European Nightcrawlers(Eisenia hortensis)
I have been raising The European Nightcrawler for 4 years now, In the past 2 years I have raised two breeds, The European N/C and the Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida).These two breeds mixed in large composting beds work very well at producing quality worm castings, My beds are 8″-12″ in depth, the reds are the top feeders. example ( the reds are composting in the top 3-4″. The Euros are composting from 4-12″ levels of my composting worm beds) Both these breeds work very well on their own as well, at all levels of the composting bins. I have also been told by a number of people, that the Reds will take over the beds( out number the Euros ) over time, I have not seen this happen as of yet, This past spring I would have said those people were right, I had greater #’s of reds and less Euros, In the last month or two now, the euros have came back in big #’s and there is now more euros in the beds then reds. Yes readers now you will think I have just been picking out the reds, this is not the fact. These beds are for producing Worm Castings, I harvest the worm casting and I return the stock of worms from each bed back to their same beds,To compost the new bedding I have just added.
As far as taking care of each breed, All I had read about the euros, and their want to crawl, out of the beds, bins etc. Is wrong in my opinion, I have had alot more problems with the Red Wigglers crawling, then I have ever had with the European N/C. On another note: It is hard to kill Euros, and in the last few years I have found my self a couple of times trying to keep the reds alive. example, The Euros take change in their environments better then the Reds do. I am not sure why the Red Wigglers are still known as the best composting worm in North America. I am sure in the not too far future we will see the European N/C gain alot of ground in the composting field. There is also Millions of Fisherman out there that think the Reds are just not big enough to use for fishing. Where as the European N/C can grow to 5″ very easily, in a composting bin, and close to the size of the Canadian N/C if the Euro has space to grow.
These worms produce quality WORM CASTINGS
Please Check out the Promo I have going at the moment on these quality Worm Castings.
The Friendly Worm Guy
Written by Jeff on July 18th, 2008 with 2 comments.
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