Originally posted 6-23-09
"I like worms of ALL flavors!"
First Entry: Vermicomposting Guide (Introduction to me and my friends)
Second Entry: Red Worms for Composting
Third: Indian Blue Composting Worms
European Night Crawlers Work Great in Your Worm Compost BinThe European Nightcrawler (Eisenia hortensis) is a relatively new worm that is gaining popularity as a fantastic fishing worm. But, it's use as a composting worm may have been overlooked.
Because of it's propensity to crawl (it is, after all, a night CRAWLER), most people wouldn't consider adding this worm to their worm compost bin. It's a fact that all worms crawl, and the European nightcrawler is somewhat more likely to crawl, if conditions in the worm bin aren't favorable.
But, if you keep your bin healthy, you can get very good results by using European night crawlers. One benefit is they will eat bigger chunks of composting materials - like cardboard - than the smaller red worm. Although slower to breed, you have the potential of growing your own fishing bait worm as well as producing rich castings and vermicompost for your garden.
More European Night Crawler Facts:These night crawlers, as with most other worms, are called by different names:
- Dendrobaena veneta
- Belgium Red Worm
- Super Worm
- Dutch Nightcrawler
- Big Red
- Carolina Crawler
- Giant Redworm
Next....Benefits of Composting With More Than One Type of Worm
Worm Composting Resources:
European Nightcrawlers: Excellent composting worm and THE best fishing worm
VermaPlex®: Worm composting bedding enhancer