I'm Bob Ingram - I'd like to personally welcome you to the Trinity Ranch Worm Tips 'N' Tricks section. This is where we share hints, tricks and tips as we learn them. I intend to constantly update this area, and hope you'll come back often. If you have questions or problems not addressed here, please email me and I'll help if I can.
The more I learn about vermiculture, the more I realize how much I haven't learned. I want to make it very clear up front ... I do NOT consider myself an expert by any means. As I study and learn what works for me, I try to share with others. As in any business there are tricks and tips not readily available, but we continue to learn together.
Common Terms in Our Business
Vermiculture: raising earthworms for resale, focusing on worm growth, reproduction, and health.
Vermicomposting: the process of turning organic materials into valuable worm castings.
Castings: worm excretion, rich in organic matter and nutrients. Used as soil amendment or planting medium.
Worms: Here at Trinity we focus on the two species most commonly used for composting, Eisenia fetida and Eisenia hortensis, though we do keep a few 'exotic' worms as well.
Tips On Getting Started
Start out small. There is a steep learning curve to growing worms and the only way to learn what works for you is by trial and error. Learn to grow worms, and see if you like it. Your mistakes won't be nearly as expensive, and you can expand as your business grows.
It takes time to establish a worm selling market. And with vermicomposting, producing good castings takes more worms and more time than you may think -- a year at minimum.
Watch what you use for feed and bedding. Read the sections here carefully.
Don't mix feed into soil unless your beds are deep and worms can escape if soil gets too hot. Mixing "hot" food into the beds will increase heat whereas keeping it on the surface prevents heat build-up. We do bury food scraps and precomposted material, but grains, etc. will heat.
Learn to make the proper beds. Worms will eat from the surface down to about three or four inches.
Two of the people who have helped me the most in this business, and who I respect very much:
Larry Martin of Vermitechnology Unlimited Kanti Somani of Worms.com Guys...Thank You!
A special thanks to Kelly Slocum, for graciously allowing us to add her work on reproduction rates by species to our web site. Thanks, Kelly
Amy Weishuhn, photographer extraordinaire! We're featuring worm photos by Amy on our site! Her E mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to contact her.
All the images on this website are protected by International copyright laws, and may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, displayed, broadcast or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express prior written permission of the owner. Thanks, Bob