Monday, January 1, 2018

Worm Farm Setup

So...You Want To Start A Worm Farm

Happy New Year!  If you're like many folks this time of year, you're looking to make changes in your life for the better.  Maybe you've thought about starting a worm farm for extra income or as a career change.

There are different reasons to start a worm farm:
  • Raise fishing worms for yourself or to sell to bait shops
  • Make worm castings fertilizer for your property or sell to others
  • Vermi-compost your household and organic yard waste for ecology
These are just come of the main reasons people want to raise earthworms.  And your worm farm setup depends on your specific reason or reasons for starting a worm farm.

Worm Farming for Personal Use

If you're starting a worm farm for purely personal use or for ecological reasons, your setup won't need much room, can be simple.  Vermi-composting (composting with worms) household and yard waste can be nothing more elaborate than heaps and bins where ever there's room.

There's no need to purchase those expensive stacking trays, either.  Those ridiculous spigots on the bottom to catch "worm tea" are useless.  If your worm trays are wet enough to produce water out that spigot, your worms are dead, dying, or gone.  Simple opaque rubs with or without lids, appropriate worm bedding, lights overhead, and non-chlorine water does the trick.

Simply chop food stuffs fine, add to the top of the bedding and cover with dampened cardboard, shredded paper, or newspaper and provide an overhead light (to prevent crawling).

Harvest out overcrowded worms and start new bins or give to neighbors or put into your yard or garden.  Or, start new beds if you have enough organic material.

Commercial Worm Farming

Starting a commercial worm farm for profit requires somewhat more planning and setup.  Space required is of course dependent on how large  you want your worm farm business to be.

If you're new to worm farming, I suggest you start small, get the hang of it, then expand your worm beds as your expertise and market increases.

It's surprising how little startup money, space, and time it takes to get a worm farm set up and earning extra income.  In no time (6 months to one year), you can be making a sizable income for you and your family.

Worm farming is one of the easiest home-based business to start, with the least amount of money invested, with the quickest profit return.

However, there is a certain amount of knowledge required in order to save money, time and aggravation - knowledge that you absolutely have to have in order to be successful and earn money.

The Difference Between Success And Failure Is...

The difference between those who fail at worm farming and those that create a successful home based business is specialized knowledge about growing, breeding, and marketing earthworms.

In order to help my worm customers who want to start their own worm farm, I put this specialized knowledge I've acquired through the years into a manual form.  This manual gives them step-by- step procedures in the order that's required as they begin their worm farm business.  

It's  saved me time as well, since I don't have to spend hours on the phone going over instructions and problems!

If you are also considering starting your own worm farm, you'll find my worm farm manual a helpful guide to follow.  It's available in a handy download version and also in hard copy format.  Here is more information of what you'll find in the manual.  Or click on the link below to order.

Setting Up A Worm Farm

How to grow earthworms as a home based business
I shared my specialized knowledge  on successful worm farming for beginners in an easy to understand manual.  You'll discover:

  • how to get started,
  • what kind of worms beds to use, 
  • worm bedding mixes, and 
  • worm food choices....
....as well as harvesting and selling worms.

Whether your trying to grow worms for your own use or want to grow enough to sell commercially, this manual gives you the information I wish I'd had when I first started.


You'll find more worm feeding tips and how-to's, as well as all aspects of worm farming, in my "Worm Farm Manual".  Available in both download and hard-copy versions.



Monday, July 24, 2017

How To Grow Worms Bigger

 Raise More  Worms And Grow Worms Bigger

"How do I raise worms and how do I make them grow bigger?" is probably the most frequently asked question I get.  While there are no shortcuts (well, there are a few) to growing big, healthy European Nightcralwers and Red Worms, there are a few conditions and elements that are absolutely necessary to accomplish this result.

Drum Roll Please:  Secrets To Growing Bigger Worms Revealed!

  • Maintaining  proper bedding conditions
  • Proper feeding
  • Attention
Any failure (by failure I mean dead worms, skinny worms, no worms) are almost always because of one or more of the above.

Proper Worm Bedding

Worm bedding that is acidic, old, compacted, too wet, too dry will cause you a lot of grief.  As a matter of fact, most failures in worm farming and worm raising is directly related to the worm bedding condition and composition.

Solving worm bedding problems, or better yet, never letting these problems materialize, is absolutely essential to raising earthworms successfully.  Filling your worm beds with bedding most beneficial to the health of your worms is the most important first step in successful worm farming.

Proper Feeding

You are what you eat and so are your worms.  If your worms don't have proper or adequate nutrition,. they will soon die, crawl away or remain small and sickly.  The quality and condition of your worm food is directly related to the quality and condition of your European nightcrawlers or red worms.

The amount you feed, what you feed and the condition of that feed is of greatest importance in growing worms bigger and increasing worm reproduction.  For instance, I've described in my manual how wonderful horse manure is as a worm food.  But, if the horse manure you're collecting for your worm beds comes from poorly fed horses, the resulting manure from these unfortunate beasts will not provide much nutrition for your worms.

Proper Attention

Perhaps the most important quality of a successful worm farmer is attention.  Most failures and "worm nightmares" come from one thing: lack of attention.

Worm farming is not an "absentee business".  Don't build it and expect the worms to fend for themselves.  Problems usually happen and will only get worse if you aren't paying attention and fixing them pronto.

More Worm Growing Information

How to grow earthworms as a home based businessFor more details on worm bedding, worm feeding and info on what you need to know about growing bigger, badder worms and more of them,  check out my worm farm manual.  I've spelled out, in a step-by-step fashion  
  • how to get started, 
  • what kind of worms beds to use, 
  • worm bedding mixes, and 
  • worm food choices....
....as well as harvesting and selling worms.

Whether your trying to grow worms for your own use or want to grow enough to sell commercially, this manual gives you the information I wish I'd had when I first started.


You'll find more worm feeding tips and how-to's, as well as all aspects of worm farming, in my "Worm Farm Manual".  Available in both download and hard-copy versions.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Feeding EarthWorms

With Spring just around the corner, this is probably a good time to revisit "feeding worms".  I get a lot of questions related to worm food, so it's a common problem.  Plus, everyone wants to grow bigger, fatter worms and no one wants their worms to grow sickly and die due to improper feeding.

For review, here is a link to a listing of several posts on this blog related to worm feeding that you can review- what to feed, how to feed, and what NOT to feed.

Basically, any organic material that hasn't been tainted with anything poisonous substances, that is suitably rendered for ease of eating (ground and/or partially decomposed), and that is moist but not soggy. There are some foods you should avoid putting in your worm beds, such as potatoes, onions, meats, dog/cat feces.  This post these and other foods to avoid feed worms (click for link).  It is wise to take note, since you risk killing or sickening your worms by feeding them.

There are of course commercially prepared worm feeds such as "FRM Cricket and Worm Feed",  If you have access to manures (horse, cow, rabbit, goat) and other organic material, it shouldn't be necessary to purchase these foods, or only use them for fattening up your worms to bait size.

Worm feeding is fundamentally important to successful worm farming.  And  you should never stop learning about.

Worm Feeding How-To's

How to grow earthworms as a home based business
For information and answers to your worm feeding questions, click here for a preview of my worm farming manual.  



You'll find more worm feeding tips and how-to's, as well as all aspects of worm farming, in my "Worm Farm Manual".  Available in both download and hard-copy versions.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Why Aren't My Worms Breeding?

Perhaps one of the biggest concerns new worm growers have is worm reproduction.  Which makes sense.  If your worms aren't making babies, you worm business isn't growing.

First of all, how do you know your worms beds aren't producing any new worms?  Maybe you haven't even noticed.  Here's what to look for:

  • You don't see any worms coupled together, mating.
  • You don't see any egg capsules.  Look for the small, rice-like shaped egg capsules throughout your worm bedding.  They generally are more prevalent during the warmer months.
  • You don't see any tiny thread-like hatchlings.  If you do, treat them gently whenever you are into your worm bedding.
  • You don't see any small, reddish youngsters.  The hatchlings turn pink in a day or so and they generally stay in squirmy groups.  (Don't confuse hatchlings with underfed or sickly worms, which is a whole other problem.)
If there aren't any mating earthworms, egg capsules, or tiny hatchlings in your worm beds, here are some of the common reasons:
  • The bedding is unhealthy: Too wet, too dry, too acid, too alkaline, needs changing out.
  • It's too cold.  When temps fall below 60 degrees, earthworms go dormant and will not breed.  If you can keep your worms in climate controlled housing, you'll keep your worms breeding all year.  Otherwise, the winter months will be down-time.
  • The worms aren't happy for other reasons:  It's too noisy, for instance.
Keep an eye out for the breeding activity your worms and the egg production rate so you can rectify any of the above conditions that are in your control.  New worm production is the life's blood of any worm farm business.

Solve These Worm Breeding Problems

How to grow earthworms as a home based business
For information on how to solve your worm breeding problems, click here for a preview of my worm farming manual.  

You'll find more worm reproduction tips and how-to's, as well as all aspects of worm farming, in my "Worm Farm Manual".  Available in both download and hard-copy versions.