Join us Valentine’s Day for a romantic look at composting with earthworms. 10am Saturday at Rainbow Gardens Bandera.
For a several days I had noticed my rugs pulled back and could tell some critter was rooting around in my worm beds. To figure out just what we were dealing with, my daughter and I set up our game cam to catch the rascal in the act.
It was not a huge surprise after checking the camera, that the culprit was a masked bandit. Coon proofing can be challenging, and my attempts have failed to keep them out. Putting some heavier objects over the carpet seemed to work in a few places, but they seem to find a weak spot.
Coon proofing recommendations:
Cover your outdoor beds with plywood or hardware cloth should work.
Keep your dogs out at night. (Our dogs are sissies and sleep inside.)
We ended up catching the rascal the other night, and for now we are critter free.
1. Jumpers are easy to care for. They can be bin raised just like other species (red worm and European nightcrawler). The added advantage to these worms is that they can and do thrive in ground set ups like raised beds or planters.
2. Strength- These fellas can handle tougher soil types like clay and sand better than other worms. This strength makes them the only candidate most worm farmers would dare add directly to the garden.
3. They can take the heat. In Texas I have to keep my reds and euros cool in the summer and sometimes a shady spot just isn’t cool enough. They prefer the A/C and sometimes that is not an option. My Jumpers are mainly kept in raised beds in the shade. With temps over 100 degrees F throughout the summer, Jumpers continue to reproduce when other worms shut down.
4. Versatile- Their strength and tolerance to heat make them more suitable for hotter summers. Jumpers ability to be outside in raised beds or bins gives you the flexibility to try all sorts of set ups with greater success.
5. Performance- Over my years of raising Texas Jumpers they have endured through some cold winters (for Texas) and some hot/dry summers. Although the spring and fall can yield loads of eggs from the red worms and European nightcrawlers, the entire year production champion (in my experience) is the Jumper.