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European Nightcrawlers VS Red Wigglers

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European Nightcrawlers
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 May 31st, 2013 with 4 comments.
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#1. October 10th, 2013, at 2:40 AM.

Im in alberta, and wanting to get into some outdoor worm composting. However, as you are aware, it gets bloody cold in these parts. Do you do you worming outdoors? and what kind of set up will I need for these guys?

I have been using EFs for a long time now, love them to death but they have no tolerance for the cold, Id have to build a heated unit for them.

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#2. October 15th, 2013, at 12:59 AM.

Hi John

My worm beds are 12 inches deep, and I hope for ground heat and lots of snow, and I don’t touch these worm beds till about april..
I put as much shredded paper, straw and horse manure on top the bed in about first part of Dec. I do have a worm sale on at the moment to sell as many worms as I can from these outdoor beds then I don’t have to worry that they will freeze.


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#3. April 6th, 2014, at 6:47 PM.

Hi Jeff, Reading your comments, you mentioned your worm beds being 12″ deep. Is that what you would recommend for a pass thru worm bin? I’m located in Indiana. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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#4. April 27th, 2014, at 11:04 PM.

I have the exact opposite problem! Here in the desert it gets so hot during the summer that I tend to lose all of my worms :( They can handle the cold better than the heat because they can burrow underground (they can’t burrow too deep in our caliche).

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