Worms are directly linked with the health of a garden as they help the plants thrive by maintaining soil health. There are multiple soil health characteristics that they individually target to bring about an overall improvement in plant growth. For instance, composting can be aided with the help of worms when they consume your food and vegetable scraps and excrete them to form great quality compost, ideal for your greens. It is more commonly known as vermicomposting or worm composting.

However, you need to pick out the right type of worms for this process to work.

Nightcrawlers

These are common earthworms that usually appear after the rain and are known for being able to dig very deep and eat dirt during the process. They derive their nutrition from the soil, leaving behind castings which are used as plant food. They also help in aerating the soil, plant roots and the bacteria within the soil. However, that is all they can be used for. Being deep diggers and failing to reproduce at a faster rate, they are difficult to maintain, especially in a bin. Additionally, they can’t survive extreme temperatures that result from chemical processes in the compost bins they‘re present in.

Which Worms are best for Composting?

Red Wrigglers

These are very similar to earthworms but usually have a smaller body and red-purple skin. These varieties, also known as Eisen Foetida, have a manure-based diet and eat food and vegetable scraps. These then go through the cycle of the worm’s body and form compost, which can be used to boost soil health and plant growth. They are also preferred because of their ability to survive high temperatures like 55-75°F. Another advantage is that a pound of these is able to digest 0.5-1 lb of kitchen leftovers in a day.

All they need is to get used to the worm bin and they’ll start reproducing heavily. They will mate, lay eggs and multiply.

Which Worms are best for Composting?

Alabama Jumpers

They’re very different from average composting worms as they thrive in organically rich soil, instead of bedding material and are deep diggers. However, they do tend to reach the surface to consume the decomposing matter. This enables them to become good composting worms for all those willing to give it special consideration.

Vermicomposting is a great way to boost the health of your garden as well as recycle your kitchen scraps. If you’re looking for ways to enhance plant growth without breaking your bank, contact us and we will supply you with the right worm varieties for your needs. Call us now at 229-507-0203 for further details.