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Commercial Worm Farming as a Business

A reader wrote to us recently seeking "more information on the economic side of commercial worm farming." He is wondering about the cost of worm farming, and also how much money one can expect to make from worm farming. For a number of reasons, this is a complex question to answer. The economics of starting any business is complicated, even if you know a lot about the product you are selling (in this instance, worms and worm castings). That said, we do know a bit about worm farming, and so by extension we know a bit about its commercial aspects, so below we offer a brief overview of commercial worm farming as a business, as well as point to some helpful resources. Continue reading [...]
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Frass, Worms, and Worm Frass: An Overview

A number of readers have inquired about the term frass, both generally and as it applies to worms. As such, we find ourselves in wont of a resource to explain this term, for frass is certainly a term that worm enthusiasts have occasion to discuss without infrequency. Moreover, the meaning of "worm frass" remains rather elusive. Continue reading [...]
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Worms in Your Garden

We recently received another question from a reader about worms and gardens, which is a perennial topic of concern among our readers. If you are into gardening, you have to pay attention to worms. Our reader found some worms under a dead plant near her house. A couple of the worms were somewhat long, around six inches in length, but one of them was short and plump, at least relative to the long worms. Thinking the worms would be good for the soil, the reader moved them into her garden. Upon doing this, it occurred to the reader that she might have introduced something into her garden that isn't conducive to its health. After all, she found the worms under a dead plant, and she worried that the worms might have caused this plant's death. More generally, the reader was wondering, what worms are suitable for one's garden? Continue reading [...]

Worms You Might Find in Your Compost

Worms and compost are a match made in heaven. Worms love the stuff of compost bins, happily consuming it and then leaving behind worm castings (a.k.a. vermicast, worm humus, or worm manure), which is excellent fertilizer. So, we are able to convert our organic waste into something of value, and in so doing we make a lot of worms happy. We've written a lot about worm composting before (check out this article on the general topic of using worms in your compost, and here is another about a specific way to compost using worm farms), so we are certainly no strangers to this fantastic natural process. Continue reading [...]

Worm Tea – What Do You Use Worm Tea For, and How Do You Make Worm Tea?

Worm tea sounds like a disgusting beverage, and indeed it would be if it were a beverage. Fortunately, however, worm tea is actually used primarily as a fertilizer, not to satisfy the thirst of people with eccentric tastes. For that, see our article on why people buy worms. Continue reading [...]

Worm Factories and How They Work

A worm factory is a multilayered compost bin that is designed to efficiently harness the power of worms to make nutrient-rich compost for your garden (or for whatever else you might want to use nutrient-rich compost for). Compost produced by worms is particularly good for gardening, helping your plants flourish. Continue reading [...]