Every now and then, I publish a post on compost worms. If you’re new to Your Gardening Friend, you can catch up on the series with the below links.
The last post in this series was a step-by-step guide on how to make and prepare a compost worm bin for the arrival of your little garden helpers. The next logical step in the vermicomposting sequence is putting worms in the bin.
Red wigglers are not the ONLY compost worms, but they’re probably the most commonly used worm. There are at least two other compost worms: the European nightcrawler and the African nightcrawler. I have red wigglers, but I’ll probably add one of the others to my bins, eventually.
Here are a few ideas on where you can get compost worms. Be creative!
Compost Worms – Purchase Locations
Online. Many blogs discuss nothing but compost worms – I know, a little weird. Many of these same blogs sell compost worms. Some sites are probably better than others.
The few times I’ve clicked over, I’ve REALLY enjoyed what I’ve read at The Worm Dude. He has a wealth of knowledge of, and experience with, compost worms. His posts are thorough, educational, and sometimes humorous.
If you’re interested in purchasing red wigglers from The Worm Dude, you can get 1 pound for $23.99. At least that was the price when I wrote this post in early August. No matter where you purchase red wigglers, expect to pay roughly $20.00 per pound.
If the price seems a bit much, consider sharing the cost with a couple gardeners.
Local Bait and Tackle Shops. I did a search for Indiana bait and tackle shops and found a location, The Bait Barn, that sells red wigglers. (Probably other stores sell them too.) The price is $3.50 for 35 worms, and they’re sold year-round.
Purchasing a pound this way would cost a lot more than ordering a pound online from a worm breeder. At $0.10 per worm, a pound (roughly 600-1,000 worms) would cost $60-$100 at a bait and tackle shop. You could purchase, say, 70 worms (instead of an entire pound) for only $7.00, and start that way. Red wigglers are prolific breeders. In time, you’ll end up with a pound, but with only a $7.00 investment.
Local Farmers Market. To avoid shipping costs, your local farmers market might be a great place to make inquiries. There may be someone just a few miles away with more compost worms than they know what to do with.
Compost Worms – FREE
Local Farmers Market. If one of the farmers market contacts has an over-abundance of compost worms, he or she just might GIVE them away. You never know.
Internet Search. I did an internet search for free red wiggler worms, and found a listing from last year of a woman who was GIVING them away. Finding free compost worms this way may not produce fruitful results, but … it might.
Your Gardening Friend. I’m not making any promises, but I’m considering a compost worm giveaway towards the end of this series (if there’s enough of an interest).
Important Note: When asking around for compost worms, unless you’re talking to someone who specifically sells compost worms, if they quickly reply with, “Oh yeah, I have a ton of compost worms…,” be sure to ask if they’re red wigglers (or one of the other two mentioned). You don’t want to end up with the common earthworm!
So, talk to me. What’s going on in your mind now on the subject of compost worms?
Have you acquired compost worms through some creative means?
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