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Fresh Worms -Express Post

$50.00

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Fresh Worms
Approx 1000 worms (250grams)
Includes container, soil, and worms
Price includes express post anywhere in Australia

Fresh Worms

Fresh Worms are supplied by a third party supplier who breeds worms to sell locally to her customers and ours.
The worms are collected weekly, packed in a recycled container with a suitable mix for the worms to survive and posted directly to you via Express Post.

By doing this the fresh worms are not sitting on a shelf in a shop waiting to be bought where they can eat each other to survive.
Worms are self-regulating, so if there is no food they become the food.
Sending your fresh worms express post they don’t have time to die as the postal time is not long enough for this to occur.

Having said that I am finding lately that Australia Post express service is not what it used to be so please try and source local worms first.

You can breed up worms inside a Compot by filling the pot with Worm Friendly Food only.
And you don’t have to worry about them living or dying.  They look after themselves.
If the environment is not to their liking they can safely move into the surrounding soil or move to another location in your garden.
Thus they spread their castings as they go, which we all know how valuable worm castings are in our soil.

Do I need to add fresh worms to a Compot?

Not necessarily, but it all depends on your soil.

A great way to find out if you have worms in your soil is to fill up just one of your Compots with Worm Friendly Food ONLY.
The garden worms will come to your pots usually within a month but sometimes it can take up to 3 months depending on a couple of factors.
A.  Your soil type -clay, loam, sandy, sandy loam etc.
B.  How moist your soil is. Do you water it regularly?
C.  The climate – too hot or too cold they disappear.
D.  How much organic matter is in your soil?
E.  What ground cover do you use?

So wait 3 months before you go buying worms unless of course, you know you want or need worms.
If after 3 months it is clear you have no worms, then you will need to add worms to your soil.

Why aren’t there worms in my soil?

There could be a number of reasons for this.

1.  You live in a new estate

You might live in a new estate where the soil was removed during building and a topsoil layer only was replaced – usually with grass on top.
This soil is usually devoid of any organic matter or worms and needs supplementing with fertilisers or organic matter.
If you are going to fertilise your grass try and use a good organic fertiliser so you have less chance of introducing bad chemicals into your soil.
This way you can use your grass clipping on your garden to nourish and build good organic compost in your garden bed.

2.  Depleted nutrients in your soil

You might have soil that has been overworked and depleted of all its nutrients over time so there is no nourishment for the worms to live on.
To fix this you need to start adding organic matter into your soil so the worms have something to eat.
You can do this by installing a Compot or two directly in the ground and filling them with all your kitchen waste.
Or you can dig holes around your garden and add all your fruit and veg scraps. No meat, dairy, etc.
And you can add a good organic soil conditioner or composted soil that you get from a trusted source that uses only organic waste to make the compost.
This especially applies if you are buying horse manure to improve your soil but also cow, pig, and chicken manure.
Ask your supplier what they feed their livestock with.  Is it organically grown fodder or not? And was the fodder sprayed with bad chemicals?

Horse Manure -Be careful you don’t get more than you bargained for.

3.  Bad clay or sandy soil

You have bad clay or sandy soil. Worms cannot move through dry hard clay soil or soil that is all sand.
Even if the soil is sandy loam it still needs to be moist for the worms to move through it.
One way to start fixing your soil is to cover your garden bed with a ground cover or mulch. Water regularly to keep the soil moist for the worms.
Another way is to install a few Compots and start filling them with ALL your kitchen waste.
So not only do you improve your soil for the worms you get rid of your waste but you help the environment at the same time.
Add cheap potting mix around the base and sides of the Compot to which you will then add some worms.

“Using a Compot to improve Clay or Sandy Soil” Link coming soon.

Remember

You do not actually need to add worms to your Compot unless you have really bad soil.
If you are filling your pots up with Worm Friendly Food ONLY then you can add the worms directly inside your Compot.
Otherwise, you must put your worms OUTSIDE your pot if you are filling them with ALL your kitchen waste.
The worms will actually eat everything but only when it has decomposed enough so it is safe for them to eat.
They do however die if you feed them meat as they overeat the meat and it kills them.
That is why the Compot works so well because it is not the worms that do all the hard work.
It is the Soldier Fly larvae that devour anything and everything you throw at them.
They are miracle workers for your garbage. Learn to love your bugs because these little guys are magical.
As they devour your waste and the leachate runs out of the pot it is ready for the worms to digest.
Which of course then results in worm castings and hence improved soil for you.

The worms are shipped to you express post in a recycled container with a  suitable medium for the worms to survive.

Express costs $16.00 for 3 kilos.  This also varies depending on where you live so if the postage too excessive for us to cover the increase we will let you know so you can decide if you want to go ahead with the order.

This cost is included in the cost of the worms.

You need to fill in a custom quote form if you would like some worms.

The worms are harvested on a Sunday and posted on a Monday so they are not stuck in a post office somewhere and get to you in a matter of days still fresh and alive.

Product Information

Your fresh worms will consist of a variety of composting worms that have been lovingly looked after by a diligent composter.

 

General Info

Worms are not all the same. There is the regular garden worm or specialised composting worms.     Worms are not all the same

Some people say that you can’t put compost worms in the ground and they are only good for worm farms.    This might be true, but I have not found this to be the case.    I have put them in the ground in one spot in the garden and found them over the other side of the garden 6 months later.
What they do though is bring wildlife to your garden.    Lizards, birds, frogs (if you have a pond or a rainforest setting) and other little critters that feed on worms.    To me, this is a good thing.     It increases the bio-diversity in your garden and produces a healthier garden.

Don’t be afraid of garden critters.    Usually, they are more afraid of you than you are of them.    Just prepare yourself when working in the garden with gloves and good shoes.    And if you live in a mosquito-ridden area – a good natural mozzie repellent is a must.

I have heard that cooking up papaya leaves (paw paw) and drinking the juice will repel all mosquitoes.    Though beware – it apparently stinks and you will repel all your friend also. 🙂      Great if you want to become a hermit.