Add Alabama Jumpers, Red Worms to your soil or raised bed.

19 Apr

When your worm order arrives here is one way to add them to your garden, raised bed, soil.  Your TexasRedWorms.com farm is a great place to raise your worms, but soon you will need to harvest the worms in order to make room for more.  You can use all or a portion of your worms.  In this example I am adding a box of Alabama Jumpers or as I like to refer to them “Texas Jumpers” to a raised bed I have prepared.

1. Choose a location preferably a shady spot that you can keep somewhat moist.  If you are adding to a full sun area be sure to cover with a few inches of mulching material to protect from the sun and to retain moisture. Leaves, newspaper, straw will work fine.  Morning or evening are the best time to add your worms.

2. Pre-wet the area you have chosen to prepare a nice moist environment for your worms to settle in.

3. You will need to dig a small hole about the size and depth of the box or container of your worms and contents.

4. Empty contents worms and compost into the hole.

5.  Cover with a section of wet newspaper.  This will keep the worms cool and protected from drying out giving them an opportunity to settle in to their new home. The Alabama Jumpers will eventually spread out on their own.  Red Worms and European Nightcrawlers will stay were they are fed and are not going to spread like the tunneling Jumpers. In the event you are adding Red Worms or European Nightcrawlers you will add a handful of kitchen scraps to the same location you placed your worms every few days.  As your worm population grows you will learn how often to feed based on how fast they work through the organic material.  The Alabama Jumpers are great for aerating and fertilizing the soil.  Red Worms and European Nightcrawlers are better composting worms.

For added protection I covered the newspaper with some leaves.  This method is one I have used with success, I have included some other similar worm bed set up links I have used.  Have fun and send us ideas.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Worm Tubes, Worm Pit, Outdoor Worm Bed, Flow Through Worm Bin.

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10 Responses to “Add Alabama Jumpers, Red Worms to your soil or raised bed.”

  1. Hal Luebbert January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Everyone in aquaponic gardening says “red wriggler” worms are suitable – most desirable, in fact – for grow beds. Are your red worms the same as those? Is there any reason your red worms wouldn’t do well in a flood and dry aquaponic grow bed?

    Thanks!

    • Texas Red Worms January 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      Yes, I do have Eisenia Fetida “red wigglers”. I would love to hear more about your vermiponics set up.

  2. dif4us April 6, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    I know I am somewhat ignorant in this subject, but are you saying that the worms must be fed every day, indefinitely? They cannot find food within the soil? Even in a veg garden?

    • Texas Red Worms April 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      No, they don’t. Feeding depends on your set up. Bins can heat up with too much fresh food scrap. You don’t want to create a hot compost pile in your worm bin. You can feed more liberally with pre-composted matter, as it has already cooled down.

  3. Diy Projects February 19, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam remarks?

    If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

    • Texas Red Worms March 3, 2014 at 1:15 am #

      There is a certain amount of spam that I receive and have just gotten used to it. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any software that can reduce it. I’m sure there is something, though.

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