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Composting European Nightcrawler Worms (1 pound)

Quick Overview

Overview: European Nightcrawlers (ENC): (Eisenia hortensis). Great for composting and larger than redworms so they can also be used for fishing. 2 or 3 times bigger than their cousins, the redworm, they are as thick as a pencil and vary in length. These Nightcrawlers are as adaptable to the cold as redworms. They are very compatable with redworms and they will do a lot of the finish work (like break down the bedding material once the food is gone) that the redworms leave behind. Redworms will mostly work in the area that has the most food, but European nightcrawlers will continue to break down the remenants left in the finshed compost.

Features & Benefits: European Nightcrawlers are very good to add into a garden since they are 18" dwellers. Like native nightcrawlers (deep soil dwellers, 1' to 15') they consume more leaf mold than redworms so they can survive better in an older mulch (like what you may put in your garden or around trees). Since they dwell in the upper 18" of the soil they are great tillers of the soil for aeration, drainage and nutrient dispersal.

Origins: Grown in Oregon

Availability: Out of stock

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Red Wiggler Worms (Eisenia foetida) are the best and most common type of composting worm! They produce a large amount of compost in their natural habitats of leaves, manure, compost piles and in many other decaying organic materials. As they feed, Red Wigglers swallow great quantities of organic material, digest it, extract its food value and expel the residue as worm castings, which are very rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Red Wiggler worms can process large amounts of organic matter and, under ideal conditions, can eat their body weight each day. They also reproduce rapidly, and are very tolerant of variations in growing conditions. Item quantities are a close approximate and will arrive in various stages of growth Temperature: Red Wigglers tolerate a wide range of temperatures. The ideal temperature range is between 55-77 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit slow down worm activity. Red Wigglers should be protected from freezing temperatures. Bedding with a temperature above 84 degrees Fahrenheit is harmful, sometimes fatal to Red Wigglers populations. You should also measure the temperature should inside your composter container or pile because the temperature in the moist bedding is usually lower than the outside air. Moisture Content: Red Wigglers need a moist environment. Worms breathe through their skin and must be moist in order to breathe. Aeration: Red Wigglers need oxygen to live. They produce carbon dioxide. Air circulation is a must in and around a worm box.

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