Breeding Red Worms

My grandson Matthew wanted to show me how to put up a video on breeding red worms so this is what I did. Or should I say he did while I watched. Thanks Matt.

I’ve included the video below, that way you don’t have to go all the way to YouTube to see it. Now you can watch how to breed earth worms from the comfort of your own home. I wanted to share some extra tips with you about breeding red worms just to make your life easier.

It’s important to maintain your composter or worm bin so that the red wigglers stay as healthy as can be. Remember, you’ve developed a natural ecosystem, and as such, small changes can have large repercussions. My first tip to you is to keep your worm bin off the ground. I just used a couple of slabs of wood to do the trick. You only need it an inch or 2 of the ground. These worm bins can get pretty warm and you don’t want them getting hot and cooking your worms. So if you’re serious about breeding worms, bear this in mind.

Breeding red worms takes a little bit of finesse. If you’re in an apartment you won’t have to worry about this next tip, but don’t feed a ton of green food especially grass to your worms. Green worm food has a tendency to heat your worms up to fast and too quickly. Worm compost is great for your lawn and flowers but if you cook your worms you’ll have no worm earth to put on your lawn. Try and keep the temperature around room temperature. Anything above 90 degrees can kill your worms. So if you live in a hot climate be sure to use a fan or better yet a/c to keep your breeding red worms from cooking.

Worm farming is not hard, you’ve just got to remember that you’re dealing with living organisms and as such, just like us, they need certain things to survive and thrive.

Keep citrus foods and rinds to a minimum. They’re natural and the worms will compost them for you, but they are acidic so keep it to no more than 10% of the total food you feed them by weight for the best environment for breeding red worms.

If you’re looking for a more nitrogen rich worm compost for your yard because a soil analysis has shown you could benefit from that, then use more greed foods when feeding your eisenia fetida (earthworms). Green food is things like carrot tops, beet tops, salad leaves, grass etc. 60 to 70% of the worm feed being green should do the trick.

If you’re looking for a more phosphate rich worm compost then go with more brown foods. Brown foods as the name suggests includes things like paper, cardboard, leaves, bread etc. Again, 60 to 70% by weight should do the trick nicely.

Also keep your worm factory damp and moist. Mist it and spray it thoroughly every other day, and you will be breeding red worms that will be the envy of your neighbors.