Raising earthworms is one of the easiest ways you can go green and reduce the amount of trash entering our landfills and water systems. Instead of throwing your kitchen scraps in the garbage can or down the sink disposal simply feed them to your worms! And if you enjoy gardening this is a great way to save money — your worms will produce fertilizer for life!
The Tiger worm ( Red worm ) is also known as Eisenia foetida, the manure worm or brandling worm. This voracious eater is definitely the beginner’s choice because of it’s adaptability to a wide range of living conditions as well as the ability to process large amounts of organic material.
Although this hardy worm will survive temperatures close to 40°F, they prefer bedding temperatures between 68°F and 80°F. They are hardy enough that, if acclimated, they can live in bedding as hot as 100°F. If your needs are strictly composting, this is your worm of choice.
Earthworms can produce more compost, in a shorter time, with less effort, than any other tool known to the gardener of farmer. The compost which is produced byearthworms is of the highest grade, containing not only greater amounts of mineral nutrients in soluble form, but also containing a high percentage of castings that help to form soil aggregates, leading to a permanent improvement in soil structure. This can be a great instrument in growing plants without using chemical fertilizers.
Another benefit is that because this is a small earthworm you can easily provide live food for your aquarium fish and turtles. Most cichlids and many other large and small fish enjoy live feedings. Turtles, birds, and many other commonly kept species will benefit from small worms you can easily grow.