Is Red wigglers' casting better?

samseaMay 26, 2011

What is the benefit of the red wigglers other than easy to "raise" at home and they degist our kitchen scraps? Are their casting better/superior than other kinds of earthworm? I mean, what is the point to raise red wigglers at home and then spread over the casting to my garden while my garden have other kinds of earthworms already in it? (i am not sure what kind of earthworms in my garden but when i dig the soil while gardenning i often encounter these little creatures).

Thank you very much!

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plumiebear(z9? CA)

I don't know about your garden, but the burrowing earthworms in my garden are pretty spread out. It'd be like letting a horse randomly fertilize a field on a farm; some of the manure would fall where the plants will be, but a lot won't.

The reason I use worms (red wigglers, etc.) is to speed up the composting process. I can then make sure the vermicompost/castings goes directly to the plants that need it.


    Bookmark   May 26, 2011 at 8:18PM
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As I understand it, the 'quality' of the castings is only as good as what goes in the other end; the reds and tigers are near to surface feeders which make them easier to handle in captivity as far as feeding, harvesting etc and if kept happy, reproduce more, more often than the lower feeders. I always 'bait' my back garden to keep up my breeding & the inside "working" stock, with a few handfuls of 'cooled' fairly wet horse manure straight onto the earth under black pots or pieces of carpet. I don't bother sorting the reds from the tigers, as they're quite happy to co-habitate, unless for bait as it seems the fish prefer the reds, but I do generally like to have a decent attempt at sorting out the mature worms(with the saddle)as they seem to reproduce better without the kids around, and they eat more in less time.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 3:49AM
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haname(z9 AZ NE Phoenix)

Hi samsea,

The red wiggler isn't any better or worse for making castings than other types of worms. Because they live in litter and more on the surface of the soil, they are better candidates for captivity indoors at room temperature than many other types of worms that make burrows and prefer to live in the ground.

If you want to utilize your garden worms and increase their numbers, you can bypass the worm bin and put worm towers directly in your garden. Put the food waste in the tubes and the worms feed on it and spread it around in your garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Worm Tower

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 3:35PM
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