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
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
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.
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