Hibiscus grown from cutting
Butternut seeds germinating within days
Spinach grown in 3 weeks
Red Wrigglers enjoying their food
Tomatoes grown from seed after 4weeks
First and foremost, a worm farm is an investment and will pay for itself over and over again.
We have a wide and varied range of clientele from the North to South, and East to West in South Africa. Eco Worm Farms has been operating for about 9 years and pride ourselves on our excellent after sales service. We are always willing to help anyone with worms and are extremely passionate about our worms, regarding them as an extension of the family household.
To date, we have not had one complaint or claim that a worm farm is not fully effective or that anybody is fed up with their worms. They work tirelessly 24 hours a day eating our kitchen waste etc. and in turn give us worm castings and tea. No sand is added to the worm farms which is quite contrary to what people think. People are always amazed by these incredible creatures. As we are more aware in todays society of the benefits of recycling — having a worm farm is ideal, as worms are artists at this technique. Eisenia Fetida also commonly known as the Red Wriggler were first noticed by Charles Darwin in about 1832 and only in more recent years have been afforded the respect they so richly deserve. Although many people think that all worms are earthworms, there are in fact, many thousands of species of worms.
Eco Worm Farms only deals with Eisenia Fetida (compost worms) which are surface worms and have a totally different habitat to other Earthworms. Although we do refer the term “earthworms” here and there, so as to make it more relatable to everyone.The main difference between the two worms – Earthworms are grey and live underground from depths ranging from a few centimeters to up to 2 metres. Their nutrition comes from burrowed decaying roots, leaves and living organism.
An interesting fact
The longest earthworm was found in King Williams Town in 1967 which measure 7 meters long! (22 feet) The Red Wriggler is a compost worm which turns our kitchen waste etc. into gold dust. They do not survive in the open, hence we have the concept worm farm — an enclosure, so we can control them and care for their well being. The Red Wriggler which is a hermaphrodite (having both male and female organs) require a partner to produce offspring.
The worms as such only produce castings – Vermicompost and do not wee. Here lies quite a bit of confusion – Vermi (Latin for worm) We teach you how to make Vermitea which is a by product of the worm castings. The Vermitea at full strength is diluted 1 part tea, to 10 parts water, giving phenomenal results to plants and vegetable gardens, also acting as a mild insecticide which totally organic, will not burn your plants.
When one pours a little water over the worm farm, one will get what is called Leachate, which is a good in its own right but far from the value, strength and richness of your Vermitea. We supply tea stimulators which is all part of the process and package of Eco Worm Farms. Another important factor, is that worms generally do not move from one tray to the next. A worm is suitable for all ages, young and old alike. It is a little science project which is very gratifying. The worms bring me endless joy and will do the same for you and your family, Sometimes I am even rewarded by seeing a worm giving birth to a cocoon, which not many people have seen! but I will be sharing this and more with all of you!