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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. 

BUT THEY ARE NOT ALABAMA JUMPERS – GREY WORMS KNOWN FOR THEIR ABILITY TO THRIVE IN EVEN HEAVY CLAY SOIL!!!

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 – Karin K

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Hi Jerry!

My first harvest is complete, and I have a few questions.
I noticed that I had more paper at the bottom of the container than I thought I would find. Am I supposed to be “fluffing” while we’re processing paper?

Because this is my first harvest, I was diligently trying to separate casting from worms.
I noticed quite a few eggs, and I suspect a baby worm or two passed my inspection and ended up in the casting pile. Do I need to screen this before I add it to my plants? I’d hate to try to feed my tomatoes, and then have the worms go to town on the root system.

Thanks again for your patience!

I had a blast harvesting this morning!

-The worm apprentice (Karin)

 

Hi Karin,

First off, let me congratulate you on your first harvest! I love hearing that my customers “Had a blast”!

If you have some paper on the bottom not yet broken down, no big deal….just use it for additional bedding as you start the process again!

Regarding the worm eggs you saw in your castings.  Unless you pick them out (GREAT project for keeping  children entertained)! they will end up in the casting pile.  If you screen them, you will have additional worms.  If you don’t, they will end up as part of the “Circle of Life”, as Redworms will not surive well in your soil.  No need to be concerned about your plants roots….Redworms are bacteria feeders (Mush Eaters), and will not harm living plant roots.  Because worms are like ants in their ability to reproduce, please don’t drive yourself crazy trying to save every single one.  That’s an impossible task. 

Be happy knowing that you now have some of the best soil amendment known to man….and you may still have time to get another harvest in before the weather gets cold!