Compost Worms and Farms

OUR COMPOST WORMS::

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Our Compost Worms consist of a mix of up to 5 species.
They are:  

1. Tigers - Eisenia Fetida

2. Reds - Eisenia Andrei

3. Blues - Perionix Excavatus/Spenceralia

4. Gardeners Friend or Cod Worms - Amynthus Sp.

5. European Night Crawlers or Catchall Crawlers - Eisenia Hortensis or Dendrobaena Veneta


We are the only worm farm in Australia that includes Gardeners Friend Worms and European Night Crawlers in its compost worm mix.
The reason that we use up to 5 species of worms in our compost worms mix is because some species do better in warmer weather, whilst other species do best in colder weather. By combining all of these species your worm farm will work more consistently througout the different seasons of the year and be overall a more robust worm farm.


1. & 2. TIGERS AND REDS:
These 2 worm species are the most commonly used worms for composting in the world. They are generally good at all aspects of vermiculture. They breed quickly (1 worm will produce 9 worms per week under ideal conditions), they eat virtually all dead organic matter that they can fit in their mouths, they make reasonable fishing bait and they survive well under both hot and cold conditions, although the tigers and reds will slow their breeding in bedding temperatures over 25 degrees C.

These are the ideal allrounder worms. On the downside, they don't grow much over 50mm long.

3. INDIAN BLUES/BLUEYS:
Also known as Spenceralia, an Australian native, this worm species is the fastest breeding worm in general composting use (1 worm will produce 18 worms per week under ideal conditions). This worm also eats faster than any other worm we have come across. If you want to convert organic waste into worm compost in as short a time as possible, then you can't beat this worm. On the downside this worm prefers warmer climates and is likely to crawl from its bedding if conditions are not right for it. The Indians can grow up to 150mm long.

After talking to some fisho's we now understand that the Indians make quite good fishing bait, being very active on the hook and very attractive to native fish.

4. THE GARDENERS FRIEND OR COD WORM:
The Gardeners Friend or Cod worms are even larger than the Africans and are the best soil-structure builders. This worm is a true earthworm and we believe it to be an Australian native. It prefers to live in soil rather than compost. (Pictured on the right, a couple of Gardeners Friend or Cod worms)  Gardeners Friends Worms comparison

We have been extremely impressed with the ability of this worm to build wonderful soil structure creating a truly aggregated soil. These worms appear to prefer to eat the worm cast produced by the compost worms. They then take this worm cast and deposit it along the tunnels that they make, deeper within the soil profile. The soil they build is like swiss cheese. Full of well defined tunnels zig-zagging underground, lined with nutrient rich worm cast. These tunnels are the ideal pathways for plant roots to follow as well as allowing water to percolate through, allowing for thorough wetting of the soil profile. The Gardeners Friend or Cod worms are probably also the best fishing worm in Australia being extremely lively and very tough on the hook. On the downside these worms are slow to multiply and are difficult to breed.

5. THE CATCHALL CRAWLER OR EUROPEAN NIGHTCRAWLER/DENDRO:
These worms are new to commercial production in Australia with Kookaburra Worm Farms being one of the first and certainly the largest producers. These worms have an enviable reputation throughout Europe and the America's as being one of the finest fishing bait worms available.

Don't be fooled by their medium size or their stripey red colouring. These are definetly not overgrown Tigers. They are scientifically called the Eisenia Hortensis or Dendrobaena Veneta worm. We have done extensive fishing trials with these worms and have consistently caught far greater numbers and varieties of fish. One controlled trial showed that African Night Crawlers caught 2 fish, Cod worms caught 6 fish and the Catchalls caught 36 fish, using 2 identically rigged rods, fished in the same spot over the same period of time.

They work equally well in saltwater and freshwater. Typical species caught with these worms include Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Estuary Cod, Javelin Fish, Trout, Murray Cod, Yellow Belly, Silver Perch, Australian Bass, Catfish, Carp etc.

STARTING UP A WORM FARM FOR RECYCLING ORGANIC WASTE:
For small scale domestic worm farms like the "Reln Worm Farm", "Can-O-Worms" or "Tumbleweed Worm Farm", we recommend initial stocking rates of 1000 worms per household member. So if you have 4 members in your household, your worm farm would work best with 4000 worms.

Stocking with smaller numbers of compost worms will still be ok, but it will take longer for your worm farm to start recycling your organic waste efficiently.

MIXED COMPOST WORMS - BAG O WORMS & COMPOST WORM BOMBS:
We breed and supply our compost worm products as a MIX of compost worms, containing up to 5 species of worm. This mix is naturally subject to some slight seasonal variation. Our compost worm products are suitable for a variety of applications, and are suitable for a variety of climates.

We have TWO types of packs for our compost worms:

1. The premium "Bag O Worms" which have mature, adult worms, and

2. The "Compost Worm Bombs" which are a budget pack containing worm eggs only.

We now sell our Bags of Worms (mature worms) in lots of 1000, 2000 and 4000 worms.
We also supply a "Helpful Hints for Keeping Compost Worms" information sheet with every order.

All of our worms are sustainably bred utilising waste product from the sugar industry as a food source. Our worms are bred in a climate controlled environment, enabling us to produce worms all year round.

Compost worms that are shipped in bulk quantities are packaged in woven bags with a special bedding material. The bags are then placed into cardboard boxes, sealed and sent via Australia Post regular mail. We can deliver to anywhere within Australia.

 

BAG O WORMS - Wholesale quantities of 5 bags:

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Bag O Worms - frontThe Bag O Worms has been designed to complement the Can O Worms worm farms and all other worm farm brands. They contain 1000 of our best variety of compost worms.

This product consists of 5 woven poly bags with 1000 compost worms in each. The bags have attractive graphics, full printed instructions on the back and a shelf life of up to 6 weeks (longer with some simple

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maintenance).                                     

 

The Bag O Worms have been specifically designed for the retail shop. They look good, have a comparatively long shelf life and are very convenient for your customer.
Our research has shown that you can sell up to 5 times as many worm farms if you have the complete package of a worm farm PLUS the worms.



GARDEN WORM BOMB - GARDENERS FRIEND & INDIAN BLUE WORM EGG CAPSULES (an Australian Native Duo):                         

**PLEASE NOTE - THESE EGGS ARE ONLY FOR INNOCULATING  GARDENS, ORCHARDS AND FARMS. THEY ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR  BREEDING IN SMALL WORM FARMS**

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This is an exclusive product to Kookaburra Worm Farms as we know of no other worm farm in the world that has these egg capsules for sale.
The Gardeners Friend worms are the BEST worms for your garden, orchard or farm. They are true earthworms (as opposed to compost worms). They will acclimatise to almost any conditions.

These egg capsules are the perfect way to innoculate your garden, orchard or farm with these fantastic soil structure building worms. We have found that adding live worms to a different environment to which they are used to leads to very high mortality rates. We have overcome this problem by using worm egg capsules instead. When the worms hatch out of their egg capsules, they are immediately acclimatised to their new environment and we have been able to achieve very high survival success rates.

These egg capsules are surprisingly small for such a large worm (that is why we can't get a photo of them).

We mix these 2 species of Australian native worm eggs to achieve a synergistic effect in your garden soil. The Indian Blues eat and live in the surface layer mulch and quickly make great worm cast. The Gardeners Friends then eat the Indian Blue's worm cast and take it deep down into the soil profile to create highly structured fertile soil. These worms will also attract other native earthworms to your garden acting as a kind of earthworm magnet.

We collect these egg capsules fresh each week. They are mixed with course worm casts and have been counted prior to shipment.
We provide seeding/inoculation instructions.


 
THE LITTLE ROTTERS - MINI GARDEN BED WORM FARMS, WITH COMPOST WORM BOMBS:

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Many people have been asking for a smaller-sized, more economical way to get worms into their gardens and to recycle their organic waste.
Well here it is!!! Our Little Rotter garden bed worm farm is now available and is ideal for doggy poo and kitty litter!!!

These little worm farms work on the same principle as the Big Rotter Garden Bed Worm Farm, that is, they have holes in the base to allow the worms to move to and from your garden bed soil. These are mini feeding stations for compost worms. The worms live in the ground and come up for a feed to recycle your kitchen and other organic waste.

The advantages of incorporating a Little Rotter within a garden bed are significant:
Firstly you dramatically increase the waste recycling capacity of your worms. The effective area of your worm farm now increases from the worm farm size to the actual size of your garden bed. The worms will breed up in numbers to fill the volume of the garden bed and the only restriction to their numbers will be the amount of scraps you feed to them (they can never overbreed as they have a natural mechanism to stop breeding when overcrowded). What this means is that you can recycle multiple times the amount of scraps over a conventional worm farm of the same size.

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Secondly you no longer need to have the extra work of removing the worm cast from your farm and manually incorporating it into your garden bed. The worms now do this work for you. The worms will come into the worm farm to eat the scraps, then they will leave the worm farm and spread their cast throughout the garden bed for you. All you have to do is keep feeding them the scraps.

Thirdly you now have a worm farm that is buffered from the weather. If the sun is too strong and heats up the worm farm during the day, the worms will escape into the soil, but they will return as soon as the sun sets. If it is very cold the worms will also escape the worm farm into the warmer soil and come back up for a feed when the weather warms up a bit. Don't worry about the worms escaping into the soil and not returning. The worms will always return to a plentiful source of food, shelter and moisture.

This little beauty has a flip-top lid that secures down tightly. It is small and affordable enough to place all over your garden. It comes complete with a "Compost Worm Bomb" (a Compost Worm Bomb contains Worm Eggs, which will hatch into a thousand compost worms). All you need to do, after setting up your mini worm farm, is keep the worms fed and moist. It will take about 8-10 weeks for your worm eggs to hatch and grow into mature, adult worms. Your worms will then get to work, improving your soil and turning your waste into fertile worm cast to keep your plants healthy and happy!!

Each Little Rotter unit measures 220mm square x 310mm tall and will service an area of approx 10 square metres.
 

BIG ROTTER WORM FARMS, WITH COMPOST WORMS:

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This idea is an original for Kookaburra Worm Farms. George developed the idea of placing a worm farm insitu into the garden bed whilst experimenting on our Natureponics products. The insitu worm farm worked so well that we have decided to add it to our product list as a stand alone product.

This worm farm has many small holes in its base to allow the worms to go down into the garden bed to deposit their worm cast and then return to the worm farm for more food. The advantages of incorporating a worm farm within a garden bed are significant:

Firstly you dramatically increase the waste recycling capacity of your worm farm. The effective area of your worm farm now increases from the worm farm size to the actual size of your garden bed. This could be up to a ten fold increase in capacity. The worms will breed up in numbers to fill the volume of the garden bed. The only restriction to their numbers will be the amount of scraps you feed to them (they can never overbreed as they have a natural mechanism to stop breeding when overcrowded). What this means is that you can recycle up to ten times the amount of scraps over a conventional worm farm of the same size.

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Secondly you no longer need to have the extra work of removing the worm cast from your farm and manually incorporating it into your garden bed. The worms now do this work for you. The worms will come into the worm farm to eat the scraps, then they will leave the worm farm and spread their cast throughout the garden bed for you. All you have to do is keep feeding them the scraps.

Thirdly you now have a worm farm that is buffered from the weather. If the sun is too strong and heats up the worm farm during the day, the worms will escape into the soil, but they will return as soon as the sun sets. If it is very cold the worms will also escape the worm farm into the warmer soil and come back up for a feed when the weather warms up a bit. Don't worry about the worms escaping into the soil and not returning. The worms will always return to a plentiful source of food, shelter and moisture.

These worm farm packages are the most cost effective way to get into recycling your organic wastes with worms.
NOTE! We are the only worm farm in Australia that includes the ideal worm, in our compost worm mix, for this application. This is the Gardeners Friend worm (formerly called the Snake Worm).

The size of these worm farms is 570mm long x 400mm wide x 200mm deep.
 

WORM CAST: (FOR PICK UP FROM OUR FARM ONLY)

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We also supply premium quality worm casts.

Our worm casts are high in natural minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, silica, calcium, magnesium, manganese, boron, molybdenum, zinc etc., however the main benefit to be derived from worm casts is the microbial life that exists within the casts. This microbial life combined with minerals is the powerhouse that drives natural fertility.

You may wish to refer to these web pages for more information on the importance of microbial life in soils: The Soil Food Web or Nutri Tech Solutions.

By adding worm casts to potted plants, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, shrub beds or under trees, the natural fertility cycle can be kick started. In our modern use of artificial fertilisers we have inadvertantly killed off almost all soil microbial life. Without this all important soil microbial life, plants need artificial fertilisers to keep growing. Plants also lack the natural protection from diseases and pests that a healthy soil environment offers.

So by adding worm casts you can expect to reduce the need for artificial fertilisers, reduce or even eliminate the use of herbicides and pesticides and eliminate almost all of the chemicals frequently used to combat the plethora of diseases that attack our modern plants. Worm casts will even help the soil to retain a greater moisture level, thus reducing the amount of watering needed for your plants.

Because our worm casts are so rich, they only need to be added at around 10% to most potting mixes or garden soils. Although plants will grow in 100% worm casts.

We are no longer offering our worm cast for delivery by post due to the excessively high cost of transport. We have large volumes of worm cast available for bulk pickup from our farm. Please ring or e-mail for bulk volume pricing.