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African Nightcrawlers…Great For Raised Beds In Warm Climates!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

I constantly get requests from all over the country for worms that help break up clay soil. My answer is always the same, Get some Alabama Jumpers, along with adding a lot of organic material and some moisture….a natural solution!  To this day, I smile when I see Jumpers in every shovelful of soil in my yard.

But, what about raised beds?  Because raised beds are built to not be walked on,  aeration should not be a major concern.  Additionally, raised beds are typically filled with LOTS of organic material…The smart gardener would never add only garden soil to a raised bed. Sooo…you’ve got a raised bed filled with organic material, and (Hopefully) lots of plants. But you want WORMS,…..LOTS AND LOTS OF WORMS eating the organic material, and…ahem…processing it.

This is where African Nightcrawlers come into play.  African Nightcrawlers are relatively large, active composting worms that would love to “Process” all over your raised beds. Don’t worry about them eating your live plants, that’s not what composting worms do. Soon your raised beds will be full of beneficial bacteria, and you’ll have a smile on your face from seeing worms every time you garden in your beds.

A-F-R-I-C-A-N-S!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

If  you want to try a  composting worm that REALLY tears it up, try African Nightcrawlers.  These will begin shipping for 2011 the week of 4/11/11.

I’ve got limited quantities of cocoons available, and EXTREMELY Limited quantities of full sized worms.

Click on the link below to learn all about them.

Order now:  First come, first served.

http://www.thewormdude.com/products-page/composting-worms

The Truth About African Nightcrawlers

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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It is a myth that African Nightcrawlers can only live in warm temps. If you’ve seen some of my prior experiments, you will see that though they may not be as cold tolerant as Red Wigglers, they do fine in temps more extreme than commonly thought.

We’ve just experienced some below freezing temps. I went out to check on the Africans, and they are doing fine. I need to admit though that California freezing temps usually only last for a couple of hours, after that, ambient temperatures tend to increase significantly.

What’s my point? You can kill ANY worm if the temperatures get cold enough. Certain worms (Red Wigglers, European Nightcrawlers) are really toleratant of extreme temps. Though I would not suggest raising African Nightcrawlers in temps that stay below freezing for long, they do fine in temps of around 45 degrees or higher.

Because much of the country is now experiencing extreme temperature, we’ve stopped shipping African Nightcrawlers until spring. As an alternative, I will soon be offering African Nightcrawler Cocoons! You can easily raise the cocoons, and have LOTS of these cool Nightcrawlers by spring!

Details coming shortly.

Live Bait for Sale! Composting Worms! Garden Worms!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

If you are reading this blog, you probably are a worm lover, and think the pictures above are pretty cool. If you randomly found this website, you probably think you are in the middle of a NIGHTMARE. ;)

Let’s take a look at some of the more common types of worms commercially available, and their purposes.

Only a few types of worms are recommended for composting. In my opinion, these are the three best types of worms for composting:

Red Wigglers
European Nightcrawlers
African Nightcrawlers

The reasons why these worms are great composters is because they share certain characteristics:
Top feeders
Voracious
Prolific in captivity

But, what if you want to raise worms for more than just composting?
Do you like to fish? Would you like NEVER to worry about whether or not the bait store has any worms left? Great Bait worms:

Canadian Nightcrawlers
European Nightcrawlers
Alabama Jumpers
African Nightcrawlers

The reasons why these worms are great bait worms is because they share certain characteristics:
Large size (Especially the Canadians)!

Want a great worm for your garden! Try Alabama Jumpers. I’ve never seen a stronger, more active worm. They are so distinctive, even the babies JUMP like crazy! Please understand, most commercially available worms are NOT suited to live in soil. Alabama Jumpers do well in heavy clay soil.

Always make sure you’re using the RIGHT worm for the Job!

Have a specific question? Ask the Worm Dude on my forum! Happy to help.