Vermiculture | Vermicomposting

Looking to buy European Night Crawlers or Red Wigglers?

Welcome to Super Wormz Inc. based in Chilliwack, BC!  I’m betting the look on your face right now… worm farming? For real? You milk them little critters or what? 😂

I think it’s generally known that worms are critically important to the well being of soil, however they’re seriously lacking all around the world. Today’s commercial operations of farm land with constant tilling, heavy equipment, and the repeated use of pesticides and herbicides has all but made the common worm extinct. The farming of Canadian Night Crawlers (Lumbricus Terrestris) or also known as Dew Worms for the fishing industry has also been overdone, with billions of dew worms being caught and sold throughout Canada and the USA for fishing bait.

What do worms do for soil? Well, grab a java and prepare for some light reading!  We’ve kept this as short and light as possible but there is a ton to put out there…

Worms, those unsung heroes beneath the soil’s surface, are like nature’s little janitors, tirelessly working to maintain the health and vitality of our earthly stage. Among them, the red wriggler worm takes center stage in the vermicomedy of soil improvement. These industrious invertebrates are the maestros of decomposition, breaking down organic matter with an efficiency that puts our backyard compost bins to shame.

As worms munch their way through decaying leaves, kitchen scraps, and other organic goodies, they excrete nutrient-rich castings, often referred to as “black gold.” These castings are a powerhouse of plant-available nutrients, microbial activity, and humus—a nutrient-rich, organic material that enhances soil structure.

By burrowing through the soil, worms create channels that improve aeration and water infiltration. Think of them as nature’s soil aerators, providing plants with better access to oxygen and water, two crucial elements for robust growth. Additionally, their tunneling activities help break up compacted soil, preventing waterlogged conditions and promoting root penetration.

But the worms are not just soil engineers; they’re also microbial maestros. Their digestive process fosters the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the soil. These microorganisms play a crucial role in nutrient cycling, making essential nutrients more accessible to plants.

In essence, the worm is like a backstage magician, working behind the scenes to create an optimal environment for plant growth. So, next time you’re admiring your thriving garden, take a moment to appreciate the silent but vital contribution of these little comedians beneath the surface—the worms, making the soil a stage for a lush, high growth crop of whatever you plant.

We specialize in two variety of compost worms; the red wiggler and the European night crawler. Here are some details on each as follows:

Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida), commonly known as Reds:
Meet the red wriggler worm, the unsung hero of compost bins and the underground maestros of waste transformation. These little red wonders are like the rockstars of the vermiculture world—small, slimy, and utterly indispensable. With a voracious appetite for organic waste, they devour kitchen scraps and turn them into nutrient-rich compost faster than you can say “compost party.” Red wrigglers are prolific breeders, seemingly having family reunions faster than you can say “family reunion.” In ideal conditions, a single worm can produce up to three babies per week, making them the fertility champions of the composting realm. Their resilience, adaptability, and ability to process organic matter with a side of humor make red wrigglers the VIPs (Very Important Pioneers) in the world of vermicomposting. The red wriggler worm, the underappreciated comedians of the composting stage, also have a bit of a diva side when it comes to temperatures. Picture this: they like it neither too hot nor too cold, aiming for the Goldilocks zone of composting comfort. Red wrigglers thrive at temperatures between 55°F and 77°F (13°C to 25°C), making them the Goldilocks worms of the composting world—never too chilly, never too toasty, just right. When the thermometer hits this sweet spot, these wriggle enthusiasts reproduce with gusto and chow down on organic scraps like there’s no tomorrow. So, if you want your red wrigglers to put on their A-game comedy show and transform your kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich gold, keep the temperature in their comfort zone. It’s like setting the perfect stage for a wormy Broadway performance—composting style!

European Night Crawlers (Eisenia Hortensis) referred to as ENC’s:
Enter the European night crawler, or otherwise known as the super red,  the sophisticated globetrotters of the vermiculture scene that bring their own flair to the underground theater of soil improvement. These elegant earth-dwellers are like the refined cousins of the red wrigglers, boasting a larger frame and a penchant for upscale composting. Picture them in tuxedos, waltzing through decaying leaves and kitchen scraps with an air of sophistication.European night crawlers are soil virtuosos, engaging in a symphony of decomposition that rivals the finest orchestras. Their massive appetites and digestive prowess transforms organic matter into nutrient-rich castings, elevating soil fertility to a level that even the most discerning plants would applaud. These castings, often referred to as “black gold,” are a treasure trove of plant-friendly nutrients, microbial life, and humus, creating a luxurious banquet for the soil ecosystem.When it comes to their culinary preferences, European night crawlers appreciate a diverse menu that includes vegetable scraps, fruit peels, coffee grounds, and even a touch of shredded newspaper for a literary twist. It’s like a high-class dining experience in the compost bin, where the worms indulge in a gourmet feast, turning leftovers into a soil delicacy. These cultured crawlers are no strangers to refined tunneling, creating elegant pathways through the soil. Their burrowing activities enhance soil structure, promoting aeration and water infiltration. Picture them as the landscape architects of the underground, designing pathways that lead to healthier, more vibrant plant communities. To maintain this refined lifestyle, European night crawlers prefer temperatures between 55°F and 75°F (13°C to 24°C). It’s the sweet spot for their composting soiree, ensuring optimal activity and reproduction. Keep the temperature within this range, and you’ll have these soil virtuosos orchestrating a botanical masterpiece beneath the surface. In essence, the European night crawler is the cultured connoisseur of soil improvement, turning the earth beneath our feet into a stage fit for a botanical masterpiece. So, as you marvel at your flourishing garden, raise a metaphorical glass to these sophisticated soil virtuosos—the European night crawlers, adding a touch of elegance to the organic drama beneath the surface.

How do you keep worms? Should I start a composter at home? Do I need a lot of space for that?

Keeping worms involves setting up a comfortable environment for them to thrive. Begin by acquiring a suitable worm bin, which can be a commercially available vermicomposting system or a DIY container with proper aeration and drainage. Fill the bin with a bedding material such as shredded newspaper or coconut coir to create a cozy habitat for the worms. To initiate the vermicomposting banquet, introduce kitchen scraps like fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and other organic waste. European night crawlers have refined tastes, so avoid feeding them citrus peels, onions, and spicy foods. Remember to moisten the bedding regularly, as worms prefer a damp environment. Damp, not soaked and never pooling water. Worms exchange air through their skin and will suffocate if in water.

Starting a composter at home is a fantastic idea, and it’s a green initiative that will benefit both your household and the environment. Vermicomposting with Reds or ENC’s is particularly appealing due to their efficient decomposition and the nutrient-rich castings they produce. It’s an eco-friendly way to reduce kitchen waste, enrich your garden soil, and enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to a sustainable cycle. The beauty of vermicomposting is that you don’t need a vast expanse of space. A small corner in your backyard, balcony, or even a dedicated space in your kitchen can serve as the perfect stage for your composting endeavors. Worms are adaptable and can comfortably inhabit a compact worm bin. Whether you live in an apartment or a house with a garden, the versatility of vermicomposting allows you to partake in this eco-friendly practice without the need for extensive space. 

So, in a nutshell, set up a worm bin with suitable bedding and food, start your own vermicomposting adventure, and watch your kitchen scraps transform into nutrient-rich soil amendments, all within the cozy confines of your chosen space. 

We will be offering complete packages depending on your needs. From a small kitchen scrap composter that you can keep in your kitchen or tucked away somewhere, to a larger bin for your backyard, and even build up to a large scale commercial producer. 

Reach out to us today to discuss your plans!