Raising European Night Crawlers by Vermiculture
If you’re thinking about raising European night crawlers by vermiculture, then it is, by all method possible. But the first thing that you must do is to prepare the following materials that you’ll be needing for this composting project.
You should know that European nightcrawlers (also known as Eisenia hortensis) are not only good as fish bait, they’re also used for composting purposes. Although red wiggler worms have been more preferred when it comes to vermicomposting, the European worms are nevertheless considered for the job.
Anyway, to start off, you’ll need the following materials: buy nightcrawlers, get a worm bin, a drill (1/4-inch bit), some water, coir material for your worm bedding, a measuring tape, some kitchen scraps, a knife, a cutting board, and a spray bottle.
To already begin with breeding and feeding nightcrawlers, you’re also going to have to set-up a worm bin first. It’s either you buy one or build one. So to give you a heads up, a 1000 worms can fit in a space that has a square foot measurement. Anyway, you’re also going to need to drill into the bin, to make holes for aeration and for drainage purposes. Drill holes on the top and base part of the bin.
When worm composting, you’re also going to have to set-up a fresh and moist (should be as wet like a wrung out sponge) bedding for your compost pals. Squeeze out all the excess water just so the bin materials doesn’t get soaked, and get spoiled afterwards. You can then use and put in coir material for you bedding. You’re also going to have to fill the worm bin with about 6 inches worth (thick) of coir worm bedding.
After the worm bin set-up, introduce your night crawler worms into the container. And since these slimy crawlers don’t fancy bright lighting, you’ll closest see them burrow beneath the bedding. So, it’ll be a good idea to keep them (the whole bin and its contents) where its dark; and where the location is at room temperature (the temperature should range from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit).
You’ll also need to satisfy them, so put in your kitchen scraps into the worm bin (much like how you satisfy red worms). Make sure to put in small, cut or finely chopped pieces of these organics so that they won’t have that much trouble with the food intake. You should know that earthworms are truly born with no teeth, so always consider that. Anyway, you can cover their bin and check on them again after 24 hours. You’ll need to clean the leftover scraps afterwards, as you wouldn’t want these to decay inside your worm bin, unless you want a smelly bin soon after.
You should know that when you’re raising European night crawlers for vermiculture, these earth wonders can also be very productive when it comes to breeding. You’ll be able to find egg capsules in your worm bin after some time (usually once in three weeks).