Worm World

We can’t be the only ones genuinely fascinated with the residents of worm farms and compost piles.

It’s the essence of why l became so enthusiastic about worm farming and composting in the first place over the more traditional gardening experience.

The one thing l noticed when l started researching worms and compost critters was the lack of the actual specific ‘worm’ images there was, and l figured, well, maybe that is something that worm fanciers like myself might appreciate seeing more of.

By taking these close-ups and macro shots of the worms, l came up with the idea of the Earthen Wurmin brand. These galleries display to the reader the true inner beauty of earthwormery.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new season.

Earthen Wurmin and The Autistic Composter

Season 3 – 2023
Please feel free to check out the other galleries
Worm World Ewww Gallery
Vermicomposting Content Directory
Ewww Quick Tips Directory

Slideshow – Close up images from inside the compost bins.

Earthen Wurmin’s Worm Facts & Quotes

The natural earthworm diet is different from a worm farm diet and a composting worm’s diet.

Earthworms eat soil and other organic and decomposing matter, such as leaves and decaying roots. They also will feat upon manures from livestock like horses, cows, and sheep and consume living organisms like soil fungi, bacteria and nematodes.

Worm Farming worms, mostly reds or tigers in the UK, can quickly eat up to half their body weight daily if the conditions are right. In vermiculture terms, these specific worms will enjoy a varied diet consisting of leafy green vegetables, melons, pumpkins and squashes, broccoli, kale, cabbage, apples, shredded paper, leaves, and coffee grounds, and the list is quite endless.

Composting or common garden worms are a mixture of surface dwellers and soil shovellers. The list of what you can and cannot feed your compost and your composting worms differs from one composter to the next. However, with my compost piles, which run between warm to hot, l throw almost everything into the waste heaps [what was once alive can decompose]. A mixture of worm types is present, pending the depth and, more importantly, where the waste is within and beneath the soil.

Composting worms will eat almost anything as long as it isn’t toxic or harmful to them. The big no-nos regarding composting are items like milk and meats, but with hot and warm composting techniques and the cooling-off periods, the worms decide what they will and will not eat.

So far, over the last twenty-odd years and working with livestock manures and compost piles and heaps, l haven’t seen any food item not covered in worms. They are genuinely the best redeemers your soil can have.

Designs – Earthly Comforts – Inspired by Nature – see collection here
“Any environment, any single life is in a continuous state of change. This is just more obvious when you pay attention to earthworms. Their work may seem unspectacular at first. They don’t chirp or sing, they don’t gallop or soar, they don’t hunt or make tools or write books. But they do something just as powerful: they consume, they transform, they change the earth.”

Amy Stewart, The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

Published by The Autistic Composter

Earthly Comforts is a wildlife journaling scrapbook focusing on the countryside, wildlife biodiversity and environmental conservation, flora and fauna volunteering projects, gardening, composting and vermiculture, inspiration, poetry and photography.

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