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The Gift that keeps on giving

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 14 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.

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!
Esther

Being a horticulturalist by profession,
I delight in experimenting with the wonderful properties of
Vermitea and Vermicompost, and noting the effects on
seedlings and cuttings as we go, so enjoy!

Click Here To Speak To Esther - 021 715-0191


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Esther

Worm Cocoons

While compost worms breed "24/7" you will note that close to spring a veritable flood of baby worms hatch.
Due to the cooler bedding temperatures in winter, compost worms tend to "breed more" while eating less,
so once again, nature is in perfect balance, ensuring the survival of the species, and yet another spring of wonder, bursting with life!

Stand back Mr. Viagra - compost worms "do it" for 12 hours at a time, mating up a storm! How? Each worm slips under the sex band (clitellum) of the other worm, and while entwined, secrete

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fluids that ensure fertilisation of the cocoons take place. Depending on the quality of food available, compost worms will produce 1 - 6 baby wormlets per cocoon, which will take another +- 3 weeks to hatch. You might note that some cocoons are smaller than others, this is because the size of the cocoon is relative to the girth of the worm, and more mature breeding worms tend to produce larger cocoons. Urban legend has it that the Eisenia Fetida worm has taken on the name "Tiger or Tier worm", perhaps due to the striation toward the back end of the worm on sexual maturity. If held up to the light, you note bright yellow/orange banding, and also definitive "bands" of poop, as the faeces moves through the body. Luckily worms never have to have a colonoscopy! Note that while mating, each worm moves into the clitellum of the other, much like clipping under a wedding ring, moving apart again once mating complete. Each worm produces a cocoon after a few days, which in turn takes +- 21 - 24 days to hatch under ideal conditions Basic example of the compost worm life cycle. Compost worms maturate at +- 3 months, breed every 0 - 7 days, each worm producing one cocoon, and from there another +- 3 weeks until those cocoons hatch, and so on.

Vermi Composting

How to make worm castings, Vermicomposting is very similar to composting, but Vermicomposting uses worms to help speed up the composting process, resulting in a final product of a soil amendment which is literally loaded with nutrients for plants.

Have a look at this ball of Vermicompost, note how "sticky and pliable" it is? Well, humus is essential in HOLDING WATER and for the slow release of vital minerals and nutrient plants need. Compost worms, as tillers of topsoil, actually build the most crucial food basket for mankind. Poor soils = poor health, plain

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and simple! One only needs a small amount of Vermicompost per plant, and if soils are particularly bad, easy to apply and make "plant and root" specific. Soil gets renewed by "re-processing" green organic waste back into food! While there are thousands of annelids (worms), there are only 5 or so true composting worms, i.e. they eat 95% or more decaying organic matter.

The most common of these is the Eisenia Fetida (also known as the Red Wriggler, Kariba, Branding or Tiger) worm. These little worms are truly the world's best composters! The Vermicompost is immensely concentrated, and has an extremely high humus concentration. Humus acts like a "water nappy gel", which absorbs water for long periods, and stays in soil for up to 20 years! The most important thing to remember when applying worm tea is this - apply as soon as possible (best within 48 hours) OR keep bottle open and in dark cupboard. You can also add a 1/2 teaspoon of honey or molasses as "food" for your bacteria and microorganism. The beneficial aerobic microorganisms require oxygen to survive.

Worm Tea

Also known as Vermitea or Vermiliquid Worm tea, (or Vermitea) is valuable when applied to the leaves of plants because it prevents the infestation of plant diseases like powdery mildew and black spot while providing nutrients to the plants. Check out this robust and healthy plant growth of beans after just 2 weeks from one of our Eco Worm Farm clients.

Worm tea is inexpensive, organic and safe to use on all plants, and is especially good for growing vegetables and herbs. It also prevents plant infestations with harmful micro-organisms, just to name but

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a few benefits. Try your own Vermiliquid and Vermicompost experiments at home and be amazed - see for yourself!
 

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