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Alabama Jumpers for Sale!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Take a good look at this soil. It was once hard clay…now…gorgeous and loaded with Alabama Jumpers.

Alabama Jumpers are the only commercial worm especially for soil. They can live in any soil type, from heavy clay to sandy.

If you’ve never seen an Alabama Jumper, you really need to treat yourself to some!

Don’t Get Tricked!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Yes, they really jump!

Yes, they really jump!


Hi Everyone,

The large worm in the picture above is an Alabama Jumper.  It’s scientific name is Amynthas gracilus.  It is plain to see that this worm is NOT a Red Worm.  It’s color is grey. 

Who cares?

There is a high volume worm grower on the net selling what HE calls “Super Reds” as Alabama Jumpers.  But…the worm featured in his ads as a “Super Red” is a European Nightcrawler (Eisenia Hortensis)…basically a large Red Worm!   Super Reds, European Nightcrawler, Eisenia Hortensis…all names for the same worm…and yes, they are RED. 


What’s the bottom line?  Avoid getting Ripped Off!

European Nightcrawlers, Canadian Nightcrawlers, Alabama Jumpers….basically any worm can be “Called” anything.  It’s only the scientific name that cannot be easily changed.

Know the type of worm you are buying.  Make sure your seller knows it’s scientic name!  If a seller tries to get you to buy Red Worms for your garden, run, don’t walk.  Red Worms are NOT dirt Worms.

Featured Customer Questions – Keith H.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Hi -I have an interest in worms to do the following – improve the soil where I will be growing
veg next year…compost the bin…and get rid of dog poo!

If there is one that will do all..I am interested..if not which for each job.
I would appreciate yyour help.


Hi Keith,

From your description, you are looking for two types of worms.

Alabama Jumpers are GREAT worms for your dirt. The Jumpers can navigate
even heavy clay soil . They are an extremely strong worm. The goal here is
to dump the Jumpers into your soil and let them do their thing (Grow large
and reproduce). If you maintain a nice layer of damp leaf litter on top of
your soil, you will get the benefit of the leaf litter decomposing and
making your soil softer, plus the litter becomes the food for the
Jumpers…giving them a reason to stick around. The Jumpers are sold in
batches of 1,000.

I also sell composting worms (Red Wigglers, European Nightcrawlers, and
African Nightcrawlers). All will produce castings that will DEFINITELY
improve your soil. But composting worms are soft bodied and are for
maintaining in a worm bin (Not sure if this is what you are calling your
compost bin). Composting worms live in bedding (Such as soaked fluffed
newspaper), and eat food scraps (Produce trimmings). The goal with a
composting worm is to get them to swarm your scraps and bedding, and poop
out beautiful beneficial bacteria laden Vermicast! This will make your soil
healthy, which will make your plants healthy. If you have never tried it,
you will be amazed. Most people start with between 1-3
pounds of worms depending on the amount of household produce scraps they would like

The composting worms will also work to break down your dogs poop!

Two things to be aware of here:
1. If your dog has been given active worm medication, their poop will have
worm medication residue. If the worms eat the poop when it is still fresh,
you risk killing your worms. I believe the residue does not last long, but
you would need to test it out to be sure.

2. Because dogs are carnivores, there is the chance of cross contamination
from dog poop/worm poop/your fruits and vegetables. It is always
recommended to make sure you keep worms and castings (That contacted the pet waste)
completely away from coming into contact with any plants that you ingest. Use these
castings for your ornamentals only.

Hope this helps!

Which Worm Does Well in “Dirt”?

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Spring is coming!  Everyone is thinking about spring gardens.  As the economy weakens, more people are likely to start growing their own produce. 

I’m posting this in the hope that new readers have a very clear understanding that not all worms live in dirt!

The worm on the left is a Redworm.  The species happens to be Eisenia Hortensis(aka a European Nightcrawler).  The European Nightcrawler is a larger cousin of the Red Wiggler(aka Eisenia Fetida).  Redworms by nature are soft bodied worms.  Because they are extremely voracious, they are great for breaking down food waste.  They do extremely well in a worm bin, and are commonly raised in damp newspaper bedding, coir, or peat moss.

The worm on the right is a Alabama Jumper.  The species is Pheretima Hawayanus.  It does well in the dirt!  It loves clay soil!  As a composting worm in a worm bin…not so great!

Many garden centers sell worms in a package with an “Earthworm” label.  But garden centers typically know absolutely nothing about worms!

Don’t make the mistake of buying a Redworm (Even if it comes in a package labeled as Earthworms) to put in your soil.  Unless you treat your garden like a worm bin, and have a constant layer of damp mulch on top, the Redworm will not survive.

To Recap:

Compost Bin Worms:  Red Wigglers, European Nightcrawlers, African Nightcrawlers.

Dirt Worms:  Alabama Jumpers

Dirt:  Loves the worm poop in concentrated amounts from the Compost Bin Worms!  Loves the aeration from Dirt worms.