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TexasRedWorms at Rainbow Gardens

2 Feb

Composting with worms Thousand Oaks

If you will be in the San Antonio area May 2nd make plans to come join us.

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Top 5 reasons why Texas Jumpers are my favorite worm

30 Oct

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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.

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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.

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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.

Garden Fest this weekend in Boerne, TX

15 Sep

Join TexasRedWorms.com at 10:30am in Boerne, TX to learn more about worms.

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Red Worms vs. Nightcrawlers for Composting. What’s the Difference?

15 May

Red Worms (Eisenia fetida)European Nightcrawlers (Eisenia hortensis), and African Nightcrawlers (Eudrillus eugeniae), are all excellent composters.  These worms vary in size, w/ Red Worms being the smallest and possibly the least picky.  Red Worms ease of care and ability to handle a wide range of temperatures make them a popular composting worm.

European and African Nightcrawlers are larger worms.  European Nightcrawlers are popular w/ fisherman, due to size.  You’ll find their larger cousin (Canadian Nightcrawler) in bait shops, as well.  European Nightcrawlers can be used for composting, but thought to be less efficient than Red Wigglers or African Nightcrawlers.

African Nightcrawlers are a tropical worm that thrive in warmer climates, need to be kept in temperatures above 70F and will start to die off at 60F.  They are the choice for many commercial worm casting producers that have access to climate controlled facilities.  All three species or varieties can be prolific in the right conditions, and make excellent composting worms.

Garden Gift for Mother’s Day

6 May

I got my mom some Alabama Jumpers to add to her yard and to the pasture.  Alabama Jumpers, or in this case Texas Jumpers, are not composting worms like the red wiggler or red worm.  They are great for aerating and powering through tough clay or sandy soils.  The ideal worm to set in your garden or lawn to fertilize and aerate your soil.  These worms are strong tunnelers and will eventually spread out into your tough soil giving roots of plants room to grow.  Introducing Texas “Alabama” Jumpers is easy and can be done in a matter of minutes.  You can purchase Jumpers from TexasRedWorms.com and have them shipped to you or come on by to see our beds and bins.