Buy a Bag ‘O’ Worms!

August 18, 2009

I just wanted to write a quick update regarding some upcoming changes I’ll be making here at Worm Composting Canada. For the time being I will no longer be offering smaller, specific quantities of worms – I need to take some time away from the business, which means I’ll have far less time to dedicate to actual harvesting of worms.

In an effort to keep things rolling along (and to help streamline the business in general) I’ve decided to offer a new line of products – appropriately called “Bags of Worms”. There will be two sizes available – small and large. The small size will be the same as our standard ‘compost ecosystem‘ bags, and the large ones will be somewhat…uhhh…larger! [UPDATE: There is actually only one size available]

All joking aside, I will be writing another post very soon with some pictures and exact specifications.
[UPDATE: That post can be found >>HERE<<]

The bags will be filled with material and worms from thriving worm beds, so there will still be a lot of adult worms in the mix. Like our ‘compost ecosystem‘ product, there will also be a lot of small worms and cocoons, along with plenty of other composting organisms. One large bag should easily provide enough worms to populate a small to medium sized worm bin. With discount pricing for multiple bag orders, this product will also be a great option for those interested in stocking a larger system, or just generally starting with more worms.

Aside from helping the worms to make a much easier transition into a new system in general (due to all the food/habitat material that comes with them), this option also ensures that the worms don’t end up stressed out and injured due to all the handling/harvesting that typically takes place.

Stay tuned – more info to come soon!


8 Responses to “Buy a Bag ‘O’ Worms!”

  1. John Buttigieg on January 31st, 2010 9:10 pm

    Approximately how many worms are in a $20 dollar bag?
    Thanks John

  2. Bentley on February 16th, 2010 6:18 pm

    Hi John,
    Sorry for the delay responding (still not receiving email notifications when new comments are added).
    I haven’t done counts myself, but one customer counted 500 worms in one of his culture bags.

  3. Tim Hough on April 19th, 2010 1:48 am

    Got the worms last week. My bin is now populated with thousands of tiny white insects. Any ideas on what they might be? I’ve found that the bin produces very little odour, even when I open it. I think the worms are happy now and well adjusted in their new home.

  4. Bentley on April 20th, 2010 2:53 am

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for the comment – glad you brought this up, since others may be wondering the same thing. The small white insects you are seeing are called springtails and they can be very common in worm composting systems. Like the worms they aid the process by feeding on microbes (primarily fungi, I believe). When the worms are concentrated for culture bags, the springtails end up concentrated as well, so that’s why it likely seems like there are a lot.
    Over time you MAY see some other common white critters as well. If you see lots of white, shiny, slow-moving beasts, these are a very common type of worm bin mite. Tiny white worms (“White Worms” or “Pot Worms”) can also be very abundant. If you see huge numbers of them though it could be an indication of excessively acidic conditions.

  5. Arrow on June 10th, 2011 10:04 pm

    Im looking for some worms for my raised beds and dont know what type to purchase.. we have very long deep freezes here to 20 and 30 below so Id like to find something that survives our zone 3.
    any advice?

  6. Bentley on June 16th, 2011 2:37 pm

    Hi Arrow,
    You can add composting worms to a raised bed provided there is lots of rich organic matter added (manure, food waste etc). You might try something like a “worm tower” (search on YouTube to see what I mean) and then just add food scraps to it.


  7. Arrow on June 16th, 2011 10:31 pm

    So you are saying that they will survive 30 below freezes?

  8. Bentley on June 22nd, 2011 1:42 pm

    Hi Arrow,
    Sorry for delay.
    I would say it might be possible for them to survive those sorts of temps in a well insulated system. I suspect a raised bed would not be such as system, unless you put a wall of straw bales around it, heap some more straw, leaves etc over top, and secure a tarp over that.
    In a trench, it would be easier to keep them alive, but they’d still need a lot of protection with temps that low.

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