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Great Question – Leland

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Just wanted to share with everyone a great question that I was sent today. 

When i’m adding food scraps to the worm inn, do i have to bury them under the bedding that is already there, or can i put them in on top of that bedding and then cover it with more bedding?  – so that inside the bag there would be a layer of scraps, a layer of bedding, and then another layer of scraps and another layer of bedding- 

like this:
thanks for your help – the worms seem happy

Hi Leland, 

The ultimate goal is to have the scraps buried as deeply as possible.  The reason for this is you don’t want flying bugs smelling the rotting vegetation.   It’s easiest and most effective to bury your scraps with as much bedding as possible.  Layering does not benefit anything.  

Soon you will have: 




Not much here to invite flying bugs…especially as the top layers of bedding start to dry out. 


The Worm Inn Receives Official Government Trademark In Europe

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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As I’ve written before, I have a licensed reseller of The Worm Inn in Europe.  Her name is Dr. Hilary Cross and her website is http://www.wormintent.co.uk/   Along with the licensing agreement, we applied and received a Trademark for The Worm Inn for the 27 countries of the European Nation. 
To date, The Worm Inn has been sold in every continent except Africa.  Hopefully we’ll be truly world wide by 2011.


Try This Virtual Compost Pile!

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

 Build a Virtual Compost Pile

After spending the morning spreading compost, I came across a fun website this evening.  It’s from Florida’s Environmental Protection Agency.  It allows you to build a virtual compost pile.    You get to practice building a compost pile, while learning the proper C:N ratio’s for quick breakdown of your organic materials.

What does this have to do with worms?  Well, nothing…but EVERYTHING.  Healthy soil that is loaded with worms contains plenty of organic material.  The most efficient way of getting organic material into your soil is by adding compost. Want to build an Alabama Jumper haven?  Add plenty of organic material to your soil.

Last Call For African Nightcrawlers!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Big News for All African Nightcrawler Fanatics!

Due to the the weather getting colder throughout most of the country,  our last shipments of African Nightcrawlers and/or African Nightcrawler Cocoons for this year will be November 8th (For orders turned in by November 7th).  We will resume shipping African’ Nightcrawlers in March 2011.


Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

BEFORE you know it, Christmas will be upon us.  Do you have children or grandchildren that you would like to introduce nature’s wonders?  Are you a teacher that would love a set of childrens books about composting?     

Introducing The Pee Wee complete four book set:  

Book 1- Pee Wee and The Magical Compost Heap 

The first book of the Pee Wee Series, ‘Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap,’  introduces children to backyard composting through the adventures of Pee Wee, the endearing little red wiggler worm, and all the insects in the compost heap.  The adventure begins when four neighborhood children are magically transported on the back of a butterfly to visit Castle Compost. 

Book 2-Pee Wee’s Great Adventure

The book’s sequel, ‘Pee Wee’s Great Adventure: a guide to Vermicomposting’ has Pee Wee describing an amazing adventure from a classroom worm bin to a backyard composter. Instructions are included on how to care for worms and harvest their castings.

Book 3-Pee Wee’s Family in a Nutshell

‘Pee Wee’s Family in a Nutshell’ unites Pee Wee with Reddy. Again, Vanessa the magical butterfly transports everyone to the classroom worm bin to find Pee Wee’s family. This book notes the differences between vermicomposting and backyard composting.

Book 4-Pee Wee Goes to The Fair

‘Pee Wee goes to the Fair’ is the latest adventure in the series. This story takes all the compost critters to a Spring Environmental Science Fair where Scott and friends display their elaborately decorated worm bin.

Aren’t you tired of watching your kids turn into video game playing zombie’s?  If so, This is the PERFECT gift..A true Must have! 

*These books, and other fun products are available on my “Worm Stuff” page


Monday, October 18th, 2010


I’m always bragging about what worm castings have done for my plants….now you can see what castings have done for others plants.  A few weeks ago I showed Pic’s of my friend Trish’s GIANT tomato’s…..Here’s a pic of my friend Kurt G’s GIANT Pumpkins !   

Are these HUGE or what?

Kurt has been purchasing bags of castings from me every couple of months.  Kurt’s goal…to produce a Giant Pumpkin!   Kurt “Apologetically” told me these could have been much larger, but he would have had  to sacrifice one of these monsters, and that just didn’t seem right. 😉 

Next year, no mercy though…Kurt’s going to be chasing Pumpkin growing Gold!  Only the BIGGEST will survive in 2011. 

Woops…almost forgot……yes, I had the same question….220lbs and 190lbs. 

Pumpkin pie anyone?

How to Raise Alabama Jumpers

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I’m often asked exactly what to do with Alabama Jumpers.  Specifically, how to release them into the garden.  Today’s question from Rhonda S.  reminded me that I need to touch on this.

Hey Worm Dude!

I see your orders of Alabama Jumpers come in packages of 1,000 worms.  How do I know how many worms to order? Are they buried under ground with some wet shredded paper?  Would that work?  If so do you bury them 4-6 each hole?  I’m not sure what to do with these.  Do you also fertilize plants as much (say, for example, blooming plants)?
Thank You-Rhonda

Hi Rhonda,

You are confusing composting worms (RedWorms), with aeration worms (Jumpers). 

Redworms are soft bodied and can only live in a top layer of compost.  As soon as the compost breaks down…so do the worms.  Jumpers are true dirt worms.  They have a thicker skin, and are much stronger.  This enables them to “Jump” out of your hand, and also to traverse soil. 

Jumpers are not composters…they do not swarm food like redworms.  They do not live in paper bedding, instead preferring mulch, or leaf litter.  What I’ve done to create an infestation of these awesome worms is laid a thick layer of leaves on top of the soil.  As the leaves break down (Jumpers can only eat organic-dead material), they become food for the jumpers.  The Jumpers will not and cannot harm your plants. 

Releasing the Jumpers is easier than digging a hole.  Simply make sure your area has some leaf litter, a little dampness, and let the jumpers loose.  Unless your soil is like concrete, they will burrow down….aerating your soil in the process to allow water to the roots of your plants. 

As a rule of thumb, I recommend 3 jumpers per sq foot that you want aerated.  Instead of spreading them out, just dump them by the handful in certain places….worms will spread out naturally when there are too many in an area.  

They will fertilize plants, but because they don’t process as much food as redworms, their primary function is aerating your garden.

The Jumpers are on sale right now!    It’s the best time to buy.  Come spring, there is always a waiting list.. 😉



Dinner Time!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Remember the indoor salad bar that I started a few weeks ago using my floating system?  It’s going to be tonights dinner.  Fresh greens…yummy!

It’s amazing how fast things grow in this system.   It takes about 48 hours from the time I plant the seeds to the time I get sprouts.  I can almost watch my dinner grow in front of my eyes!

How Serious Are You About Recycling Your Food Scraps II?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last weeks food scraps are this weeks castings!  The only thing that has not yet been processed is the whole pumpkin peeking through that was put in a few weeks ago.  It will eventually get eaten, but not until it starts to rot a little.  I just threw it in for kicks, knowing that it would be awhile before the pumpkin is eaten!

Note a few things:

1  I use LOTS of bedding.  That’s important in any worm composting system.  You cannot have too much bedding.

2. NO BUGS!  Mrs. Worm Dude would not be a happy camper if I had bug swarms in my garage!

3. The paper on top is dry.  Actually, I just added it this morning and have not even watered down my Worm Inn this week.  No matter though…the area with food scraps below is damp enough to keep my worms happy and healthy.  I’ll water down the system when I get around to it this evening.  The worms won’t care either way.

Why would I want a plastic bin?

How Serious Are You About Recycling Your Food Scraps?

Monday, October 11th, 2010


Last weekend my honey do list consisted of (Among other things), taking out the garbage.  For me, that means feeding my Worm Inn.

I thought readers would be interested in just how much I’m actually able to put in The Worm Inn.  

Everything in the picture went inside (Except not the plastic bags).  Let’s take a look at how things look this week……