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Composting Worms are Nature's Clean- up Crew

Does It Make You SAD?

To feed your family food grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.


Are You Tired?

Tired of throwing away food, cardboard, and paper? Loading the landfills with waste?

A Better Idea

There is a better way. Composting worms can help!

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Composting worms can help to reduce waste, reuse food scraps, and recycle nutrients back to our depleted soils.


Replenish Soils

Worm castings feed your plants nutrients and help to replenish soils. Simply, organically, and safely.

Doing Our Part

Composting worms can help us do our part in preserving the planet for ourselves and our children.

Earth Day Activities and Tips

By Rick | April 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Earth Day is April 22, 2021, this year. This is a time set aside on an annual basis to celebrate our great planet and all that nature has to offer. Our majestic mountains and abundant seas all offer awe-inspiring vistas. But, maybe we should be celebrating living on our planet every day instead of once […]

DIY Vermicomposting Made Easy

By Rick | October 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Production of vermicompost does not need to be hard. DIY vermicomposting is occurring in your yard as we speak. Worms have been at work for millions of years cleaning up nature’s messes. We would be buried in waste if not for the behind-the-scenes actions of Mother Nature’s little composters. People have been harnessing the power […]

Red Wigglers and Kids

By Rick | October 13, 2020 | 1 Comment

Red Wigglers, Red worms, Red Wrigglers, manure worms, or whatever you want to call these composting worms….. they go along with kids like peas in a pod. Children are naturally curious and a worm bin is a place to discover new and exciting STUFF! They just can’t resist watching the worms squiggle and squirm. Questions […]

Compost Tea Supercharges your Garden

By Rick | September 29, 2020 | 2 Comments

Compost tea supercharges your garden but it doesn’t stop there. Compost tea also adds beneficial bacteria and fungi to your soil. This is accomplished for a fraction of the price of compost or vermicompost. What’s not to love? We are going to take a deep-dive into compost tea and bring some light to the concept. […]

Worm Casting Tea Saves Money

By Rick | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Worm casting tea can save you big money. Worm castings work by adding bacteria, fungi, and other living organisms to your soil. What if we could use a small amount of worm castings and multiply those bacteria and organisms? Welcome to the world of worm casting tea and saving money. There are also many other […]

Iowa Worm Composting Surprise Visitor

By Rick | July 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Iowa Worm Composting received an email the other day from a girl that said she would like a tour. Now, we give tours all the time, but this one turned out to be a little special. She introduced herself as Katelyn Folkmann, 2020 Benton County, Iowa, Miss United States Agriculture. This was not going […]

Straw Bale Gardening Project: Part 1

By Rick | April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Straw Bale Gardening? What the Heck is that? That was my reaction too… exactly. Straw Bale Gardening is a quasi-new method of gardening. I say “quasi-new” because straw bale gardening has been around since the 1950s and maybe even earlier. The book “Straw Bale Gardens” by Joel Karsten is bringing this unique gardening system into […]

Worms in Lawn: Are They Good or Bad?

By Rick | March 19, 2019 | 10 Comments

Worms in lawn… Oh My! You are tired of looking at those ugly dirt mounds in your yard. They are everywhere. Especially in the Spring. The grass is short and they make your yard look terrible. I get it… really I do. But, there are solutions. Solutions that do not involve killing all of your […]

Top 10 Benefits of Worm Castings

By Rick | March 13, 2019 | 20 Comments

The benefits of worm castings extend far beyond growing healthy vibrant plants. Earthworm castings also benefit our soils and help to maintain a healthy Soil Food Web. Healthy soils are vital for sustainable farming or gardening. One reason no-till and permaculture practices are important is that disturbing the soil breaks up the fungal hyphae and mycelium […]

Vermicompost Project: 3 Reasons To Start Vermicomposting Today

By Rick | March 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

A vermicompost project for beginners needs to be easy and also fun. Vermicomposting is not hard and can be fun and rewarding. If you have children in your house, that is great because worm composting will be even more fun. Who can do this? Well, anyone can and should. If you produce waste or garden, […]

What Are Composting Worms?

Composting Worms

Composting Worms

Composting worms are epigeic worms. These are worms that reside in above ground litter. Common types are the red worm ( AKA: red wiggler, red wriggler, tiger worm, brandling, manure worm) and European night crawler (AKA: super red, red hybrid).

These worms breed well in captivity and prefer to live and eat in organic litter. Favorite bedding materials are: leaves, grass, paper, corrugated cardboard, peat moss, coconut coir, manures, egg carton cardboard, etc. Composting worms will eat all of their bedding materials.

Their preferred foods are vegetable and fruit waste, coffee grounds and paper filters, manure, leaf litter, dried grass, etc. Worms can eat about 1/2 of their body weight daily.

Composting worms are especially suited for raising in worm bins. They breed prolifically and can double their population about every ninety days under normal conditions. They will self-regulate their population when crowded.

Their castings (poo) can be harvested and is an amazing organic soil amendment.



Worm Castings

Worm castings (poo) are also known as "Black Gold" to gardeners in the know. Castings are known as a living biological fertilizer.

A composting worms diet is mainly the bacteria that decomposes the waste residing within it's habitat. Worms slurp up the decomposing food and bedding materials in the process.

Studies have proven that plants fertilized with worm castings have a much better germination rate, increased disease resistance, and added pest tolerance.

Castings provide nutrients to plants on an "as needed" basis. Nitrogen and other nutrients are provided as the bacteria (living in the cast) multiplies and dies off in its normal life-cycle. These nutrients are immediately plant-available in a form that the roots can readily uptake.

Bacteria is estimated to provide 70 percent of the world's nitrogen in the soil.

Worm castings smell like fresh earth and can be used indoors or out. When mixed with potting soil, castings produce some of the most amazing house plants.

Worm castings can be used in gardens and landscapes. They can also help you grow the lushest green lawn. Flowers and vegetables grow larger and produce more. Simple organic goodness.


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I'm a gardener. I was looking for composting worms, came across this company. They got back to me within 24 hours. Fair pricing. Excellent customer service. Would highly recommend!



I just left a message and the next day the owner was at my house with my order. He brought extra bedding and talked worms for quite awhile. He answered every question with enthusiasm and knowledge. Thinking about European worms too. I know where I'll buy them. Thanks Again Rick



I just received my second batch of European Night Crawlers in great shape and on time. I set them on my work bench in the bedding I mix as you suggested and leave the light on. They go down quickly, 20 minutes. Thanks Rick and Micky. I'm starting slowly but having fun!



I have ordered two mega Urban worm farms from you because I’m studying and planting an organic garden this year.

The directions you supply are perfect for someone with a learning disability but who is also very detailed.

He made sure we did everything exactly as laid out in your plans.

I just wanted to thank you for a great day with our son and to let you know that even though you may get frustrated with owning a small business, you do make a difference.

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What a time saver! This castings sifter is efficient and easy to use for separating your worm castings for use at home. Not only did it make a nice and fluffy castings finish but it also made sure to collect the Red Wigglers and African Nightcrawler cocoons to be added back into a new worm bin. Very useful tool and I highly recommend its use!

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