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Sunday, February 22, 2009

How Many Worms is a Pound of Worms?

Well, spring is in the air. Time to check our worms and get the worm beds ready. WOW. What a wonderful sight-- our worms. Just love them.
Since we're in Washington State and it can be colder our worms needed some winter protection to be on the safe side. If you live in the north or where it may get below freezing often during the winter, we recommend. putting your worm bin under cover or in the garage if possible. We found even covering your worms with cardboard helps if your bin is in a inside spot this is not needed.
Our bins that during the fall had one pound of worms --now have over 5 pounds. Wow. Yea.
Now, that reminds me --'What is a Pound of Worms'? Composting Worms are small-900 to 1000 worms per pound. European Night Crawlers-about 450-500 per pound and African Night Crawlers are hugh--with only about 100- 150 per pound. We have raised the composting and European Night Crawlers as the African Night Crawlers do better in warmer conditions, and we're in Washington State.
If you're lucky and can pick your worms up when buying them--check them over. Recently we know of a Worm Farm selling about 1/2 pound worms with 1 1/2 pound of bedding as 2 pounds of worms. Worms are packed in bedding when shipped--BUT a pound of composting worms 900 to 1000 worms make up a pound. Usually one pound of worms comes in about one pound of bedding.
Happy Gardening. J.A.ROSE-BARTLETT 'Worm Guys'. http://www.wormguys.com/
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4 comments:

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Java so interesting information about this little guys.
Thanks for sharing!!

Cheers!
Gera

'Lola'' said...

Thanks for reading and for the comment. Worms are cool. Java

Cianoy said...

I've been wondering about that. So African Nightcrawlers are about 9x bigger than Red Wigglers? Never figured that.

funnytodd said...

I just started my worm composting. sometimes it is called vermicomposting. I think i have ove3r 10 million worms :)

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