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Start an indoor worm bin and collect worm tea for your indoor plants this winter.
Your plants will be much happier.
$10 for 30 worms. I usually throw in a few extra.
Build your own bin or get one online/in store.
If you open the top and listen you can hear them chewing... :)
You will get washed worms in a dish containing sterilized coconut fiber. That means that you won't be getting any eggs or baby worms, but it does ensure that you won't get ride-along springtails.
Springtails naturally will show up in your composting container at some point, that's usually just what happens with decaying matter, and isn't harmful to the process, it actually facilitates it...
But they annoy/bother some people.
The baby worms will show up in the composting material after a while. They start out as tiny white hair-like, barely visible things.
When you buy worms in the mail you get it by the pound, but it's the dirt by the pound that contains eggs and not an actual pound of worms.
Worms are less likely to try to leave the bin if you get eggs and hatch them in the bin. I find that mine tend to stay put pretty well.
They don't just eat rotting food, they eat whatever you put in. It doesn't need to be gross. Fresh cut vegetables work if you run out of chow for them... and even leaves from outside in a pinch. They're worms after all.
Eisenia fetida also known as redworm, brandling worm, panfish worm, trout worm, tiger worm, red wiggler worm, red californian earth worm, etc., is a species of earthworm adapted to decaying organic material. These worms thrive in rotting vegetation, compost, and manure. They are epigean, rarely found in soil although they have been introduced to all continents and areas other than the Arctic. So technically you CAN find them outside here in places, but you'd have to pick through composting goat manure to really find enough to start a bin... Which some people can manage to do, but around Montreal ... goats.. I don't know...
The Lumbricus terrestris is the regular worm we have here that looks a bit similar but gets way fatter, and bigger and doesn't compost like these ones... they also tend to have a flat back end.
We have Lumbricus rubellus here too, they're darker red, sometimes almost black and have pointy ends.
These ones for sale came from a big Louisianna worm farm orignially.
The key to a good worm bin is to not clean it out!! You need the beneficial bacteria and if you clean it out, you lose all of your millions of nearly invisible baby worms and eggs, along with the microbes that are great for plants. If you garden using sterilized dirt or peat you are naturally lacking in nutrients and microbiological activity that is vital to plant growth. Worm dirt and tea contains enzymes that are beneficial to plants, and even inhibit parasites/facilitate easier removal of them. (especially useful when used full potency for discouraging scale bugs)
For plants, it's best to use the dripping liquid/worm tea/ liquid gold because it has all the good stuff without the eggs/baby worms... and you can filter it through a coffee filter to make sure you keep the little worms.
If they grow up in your plant pots, they'll dig around and make dirt fall out fo the bottoms of your pots... and end up coming out to dry up on the floor now and then.
These ones are different from mild-mannered Earth Worms that you might want to feed Amphibians in the way that they secrete a nasty smelling substance if handled roughly... making amphibians not want to touch them... and they have a drill-bit type of head/nose that bores through things... NOT what a Salamander wants. They're much more flippy and robust than the ones a Salamander wants... You want rounded nose light pink/white Earth worms that hang out just below the grass, in grass roots for Amphibians. (much harder to cultivate than red wigglers, and reproduce much more slowly.) (Endogeic earthworms)
Compost worms prefer the compost pile to regular dirt, like the rest of the worms. It's their specialty.
So if you have a compost pile outside they will tend to stay in it.
Indoors in a bin you need to start out with some moist bedding of some dirt, or coconut fiber. (coconut coir) They don't like peat because of the acidity. You need to keep it neutral or alkaline for them. Shredded wet newspaper will work too. They will drown if they're too wet.
Adding eggshells and lime help with the ph.
They would rather you used bottled water, filtered water or fresh aquarium water without chlorine. Worms don't like to be bleached. (if you need to add water at some point)
There are tons of sites online about making your own worm bins. Simpler is better I think... but commercial trays are handy since you keep going up a level, leaving the rich worm-dirt mostly uninhabited at the bottom to use in gardening applications. (since they don't like being disturbed much as well.)
Remember ventilation, and letting the water out, without letting the worms out.