REDWORMS: The superworm for all your composting needs
The redworm has the following specialized, unique characteristics:
: The ability to eat up to one and a half times its weight. (1/2x for food wastes)
: A reproduction rate of up to 1000 times per half year. (8 worms/week per worm)
: The gut of the red worm contains microbicidal and virucidal capabilities.
: The redworm produces castings with rich humic substances.
: Castings supply organic nutrients (NPK) in a time released, soluble
manner to plants and reduce the negative impact of the nutrients leaching into water systems.
: Castings kill harmful bacteria and diseases by the production of a huge increase in benevolent disease suppressing microbes; crowding out harmful diseases, pests and pathogens by as much as 72% due to an aerobic vs anaerobic environment..
: Castings provide soils with excellent aeration, porosity, structure, drainage, and moisture holding capacity.
: Castings added to plants in a 1:10 ratio can increase plant growth up to 20% and root mass 150%.
: Castings used on farmland reduces fertilizer and plant disease protection costs, increases crop yields and increases overall income to farmers, while being environmentally friendly.
: Redworms can live in harsh climates and are able to tolerate a wide temperature range, from 10 degrees to 110 degrees. (in soils with covers).
: Redworms feed on microbes and eliminate offensive odors from decaying compost.
: Redworms reach adulthood in 6 weeks and can produce offspring in 9 weeks. 1 worm produces 2 cocoons/week and each cocoon contains an average of 4 worms. Do the math.
: Redworms are subject to very few diseases.
: Redworms reduce greenhouse gases as their castings contain humic substances that sequester carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane and other greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere
See References for more information on the power of vermicomposting with Redworms.