Tag Archives: Jumpers

Rainbow Gardens “OPENING UP MY OWN CAN OF WORMS.”

10 Jun

Thanks to Lisa, Laura, and Rainbow Gardens.  Check out “Opening up my own can of worms”.

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This Saturday Feb 14 at Rainbow Gardens

10 Feb

Join us Valentine’s Day for a romantic look at composting with earthworms.  10am Saturday at Rainbow Gardens Bandera.Composting with worms Bandera

Jumper Starter Farm

18 Oct

(Insert your favorite state- Alabama, Texas, Carolina, Georgia) Jumpers are great for mixing and aerating garden soil.  The only commercially available earthworm that is suited for introducing directly to the soil.  Some soil types and raised beds with an abundance of organic matter can potentially support red worms and European NightCrawlers, but if you are dealing with sand, clay, or packed ground Jumpers are the only option.  With that said,  I still recommend raised beds or pit method to get your herd started rather than just cutting them loose.  If you want to populate your yard or garden start with a sweet spotand introduce them a handful or two at a time to other parts of your space.

Jumpers can also be raised in bins just like other species, and I have had a lot of success with this method.   Jumpers tolerate the Summer temps better than red worms but don’t handle sub 40F as well.  Keep in mind all earthworms are composters, will surface to feed and breed.  While earthworms share these characteristics, what makes them differ is their ability and need to tunnel, the range at which they operate, and temperature tolerance.

Jumper starter farm

I have included a couple of pictures of one of our Jumper Starter Farms.  This is designed to ship and gives you a healthy way to start and takes the guess work out of starting from scratch.  We take a sample of our beds (bedding and a few hundred worms of different sizes) to give you a solid start and something you can replicate as your population grows.  When you see small worms and larger ones it’s a good indicator that you have a healthy happy environment that your worms are reproducing in.  Depending on your needs and what you are trying to do, you will want to experiment and introduce worms in your soil to see which methods work best for you.   I would encourage you to focus on one spot and expand a handful or two of worms and bedding at a time when you see your worms growing and reproducing  from there.

Bin Raised Jumpers

Winter Rain Adds Needed Moisture to Compost Piles and Worm Beds

9 Jan

Early this week we welcomed 2.5 inches of rain providing some badly needed moisture to my compost piles and inground worm beds.  The micro organisms that break down organic waste in compost piles need food, air, and water.  In South Texas the missing component of that equation is usually H2O, and with a steady shower over the last couple of days we are back in business.  I get asked often “why is my compost not breaking down?” and the answer is usually a lack of water.  Keep your piles mixed to increase Oxygen, keep them watered if lacking in rain, and add Nitrogen bearing organic matter like grass clippings and manure to reactivate a pile.  Use these winter months to get ready for spring planting and keep those compost piles fed, turned, and moist.

Baby Alabama Jumpers

My Jumpers love this time of year and can be at their peak performance.  Cooler temperatures and added moisture stimulate hatching of eggs and adults feeding and breeding in top layers of compost that at other times of the year maybe too hot or dry.