Return to the Vermicomposting Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Is Red wigglers' casting better?

Posted by samsea none (My Page) on
Thu, May 26, 11 at 19:30

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!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Is Red wigglers' casting better?

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.

Andrew


 o
RE: Is Red wigglers' casting better?

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.


 o
RE: Is Red wigglers' casting better?

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


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Vermicomposting Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here