Raising Nightcrawlers-You Can Do It!
Have you ever thought about raising nightcrawlers? If you have then you are going to want to read this brief article. It takes more to complete this task than simply placing the nightcrawlers in some dirt and letting them go. This article will explain what you need to do in order to be successful. It is just like anything else you try for the first time. It may be exciting and scary all at the same time, but if you do it correctly it will pay off.
In order for the nightcrawler to be healthy and survive it needs to have very specific living conditions. You, the worm wrangler, will need to make sure that you keep all of the conditions exactly the way the nightcrawler’s like it. To begin, you need to make sure that the soil you use is relatively loose. You do not want it to be compact because if it is the worms will not be able to crawl through it. You will also want to make sure that the soil remains moist as well. You could use a combination of moss and topsoil with coconut coil. This will stay moist. The important thing to remember is that if the soil is not moist the worms will not come up to feed. If they do not eat, they will not grow.
In order to clarify what moist means when raising nightcrawlers, you should be able to pick up a handful of soil and squeeze it. At that point, only a drop or two of water should come out. That is how you know if it is moist enough. Another thing to keep in mind is that the worms do have a slimy protective coating. If the soil is not moist enough, they will lose this. If you want to add water to the soil you should use a spray bottle. This will help you keep from adding too much water and killing them.
In the beginning of the process, you are not going to want to feed them. You will avoid this task for two or three days. You will also want to keep a bright light above them. This makes them believe that it is daylight and they will remain in the soil and tunnel. When it is time to feed them, you are going to give them things like fruit and vegetable peelings. You will also give them things like coffee and tea grounds. Stale bread and white shredded paper would also feed your nightcrawlers. You do not want to place the food on top of the soil. You will bury it approximately one inch from the surface. Feeding will take place once a day or every week or two. This is totally up to you. Remember not to place food into the soil until the first feeding has been totally consumed.
Going back to the soil, it is very important that the PH be accurate. Therefore, you are going to need to purchase a PH meter in order to measure this. Ideally, you want it to remain at 6.0 and 7.0. You will keep it at this level by adding powdered limestone onto of the soil every two or three weeks. You also want to make sure that the temperature of the soil remains between 60 and 70 degrees.
As you can see, raising nightcrawlers can be a very challenging experience. It takes dedication and time. You need to be a very attentive worm wrangler in order to make sure that all of the requirements are being met to help your worms grow and be healthy. This may also give you a way to recycle food peelings as well. It looks like growing worms is multi-faceted!