FAQ FOR WORMS
We ship almost everywhere in Canada using Canada Post 1-3 day priority mail, so your worms won’t be in transit very long. We ship worms every Tuesday to ensure delivery before Friday so that they are not left in the post office on the weekend. We guarantee live delivery, so if any problems occur during transit, we will ship replacement worms. Please contact us when they arrive on delivery if there are any problems.
It is best to be home when your worms arrive, however, if you can’t be there. We can have the worms held at the Post Office if you want.
It is recommended during the winter and summer so the worms will be alive when you get home.
You may leave delivery instructions before placing your order of worms.
We will be contacting you after you place your order. We want to make sure of your success.
Worms love foods that are moist, soft, and/or low in acidity. You should feed worms a mix of part "brown" and "green" foods. More of the Browns as we are looking for a 30-1 carbon to nitrogen ratio as browns are high in carbon and carbohydrates, while greens add a lot of nitrogen and protein to the soil.
Browns: May be food or non-food items, such as coffee grounds, paper, egg cartons, or dry leaves.
Greens: include vegetables and other natural foods such as melon rinds, lettuce, carrots, fruit peels, etc. But they don't have to be green as long as its organic green waste and you can grind up the food for your worms, in a food processor or you can do it manually. This blends the foods scraps nicely and makes it easier for the worms to eat.
Freezing your food waste is a great treat as worms eat the rotting part of the food waste.
Here are some of the most popular items on the worm food menu:
- Paper products such as paper towels, coffee filters, newspaper, and cardboard are acceptable.
Some notable exceptions are:
- Waxy materials.V
- Manure from horses, cows as they have been composted a little so they don't heat up your worm bin.
- Grass clipping and other yard debris is also good.
- Fruit peelings (not citrus)
- Melon rinds
- Crushed eggshells.
- Coffee grounds
- Cereal (unsweetened)
- Pasta (plain)
- Squash etc.
The Worst Foods for Worms Include:
And Try to limit or avoid these foods entirely:
- Onions or skins
- Potatoes and peels
- Citrus fruits and their rinds
- Animal feces
- Fats or fatty foods
- Dairy products
You can compost year around as long as the compost material can be maintained between temperatures between 15 to 26 degrees (°C).
If you have an outdoor bin or compost pile, you can insulate a bin with mulch, hay, straw, or anything that will keep the heat from escaping. If you have a smaller worm bin, you can bring it inside your home kitchen or any room in your house or apartment.
Vermicompost is a product of the decomposition process using compost worms to create a mixture of decomposing food waste, bedding materials. The process is called vermicomposting, which produces Vermicast while the raising of worms for this purpose is called vermiculture.
The benefits of vermicomposting creates Vermicast (also called worm castings, worm manure, or worm poop) is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms.
These castings have been shown to contain diminished levels of contamination and a high superabundance of nutrients than the organic materials before vermicomposting.
Worm castings contain water-soluble nutrients, nutrient-rich organic substrate, conditioner. It is used in organic farming.
You might think that Vermicast might smell like other animals manure, but it’s not so. When you smell worm castings you'll smell a beautiful earthy fresh smell.
Red worms tolerate a wide range of temperatures, however, the optimal temperature for Red Wigglers is between 12 °C to 25 °C Africa Nightcrawlers tolerate a smaller range of temperatures, however, the optimal temperature for Africa Nightcrawlers is between 15° C or greater than 30° C. Anything less or more for extended periods of time can be fatal. This is the internal temperature of the worm bin or pile so insulate and always check to make sure our little friends are safe, these are animals and we have to be humane and aware.
Vermicomposting done indoors, rodents are not an issue. Vermicomposting done outdoors, rodents are an issue. So outdoors should be monitored and if it’s in the worm bin it should be covered with a screen. A properly managed worm bin will not create odors that attract rodents. However, bugs and insects can be prevented by properly maintaining a healthy worm bin. By using some of our organic products will combat some of these problems.