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Separating and harvesting worms and worm castings. Separating worm egg cocoons.

Separating and harvesting worms and worm castings. Worms do best when the bedding is periodically changed. This is a time consuming process without the use o...
Sep 9, 2014
Matthew Wilson left a comment for MIKO ROGER
"I would just dust the surface of the worm bin with it every couple of days. It really doesn't take much at all."
Sep 25, 2013
MIKO ROGER left a comment for Matthew Wilson
"oh my goodness i just realized your matthew that matthew.i cant believe im just realizing this ya see how i am so new to doing this im not really paying attention so you are worms ok i feel stupid im doing so much searching thats a shame…"
Sep 25, 2013
MIKO ROGER left a comment for Matthew Wilson
"hey matthew thanks for the actually getting a 3lb bag of dolomite lime plus magnesium and calcium its supposed to be a new product i think thats what they say anyway so i will for sure take your advice in adding it to my food scraps .how…"
Sep 24, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Mike R's discussion Aged Manure Feed or Bedding?
"Like Bonnie said, aged manure is good for both. If it is fresh treat it like feedstock though. It would not hurt at all though if you have other scraps to add them."
Sep 24, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Vinna's discussion Dumb question
"If you will add a good layer of bedding, 2-3 inch, and then feed them regularly for a couple weeks, you should see some eggs. It is not from age, but most likely they just need some fiber in their diet to get them going again."
Sep 24, 2013
"Miko, I would suggest adding pulverized, (not granulated) limestone. Thanks for taking the email situation so well. ;) Matthew Wilson"
Sep 24, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Lee's discussion Questions on Castings and Vermicompost
"From the manufacture of Pure Black Castings, I don't really know anything about this company, but his test seams reasonable to ascertain the quality of worm castings. It wont really give you exactly what you were looking for, but maybe a…"
Sep 20, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Bruce Anderson's discussion Amynthas gracilis aka Jumpers
"Depends on the country. You do not need anything for export from the USA, but for some countries you need various things. We have a veterinarian to write us health certificates and this takes care of most requirements. You just have to spend some…"
Sep 20, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Lee's discussion Questions on Castings and Vermicompost
"Lee, I wanted to get you to sign up for a new webpage I just made. It's going to be like facebook for worm farmers. Anyone else who sees this post is also welcome, just note the website is in start up mode, but should be…"
Sep 18, 2013
Lee and Matthew Wilson are now friends
Sep 18, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Bruce Anderson's discussion Amynthas gracilis aka Jumpers
"But Bruce, if you can find some worms locally, I know several people in Hong Kong who want some worms. Maybe you can start a small side business?"
Sep 18, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Bruce Anderson's discussion Amynthas gracilis aka Jumpers
"I have shipped quite a few orderes to Hong Kong, but the shipping is about $80 for a flat rate box. You can get about 5 pounds in the flat rate box when packed for international. I have never had an order to Hong Kong die, but I still will not…"
Sep 18, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Lee's discussion Questions on Castings and Vermicompost
"Lee, I am not sure as I have never tested this, but a customer of mine said something about a water test. He stirred the vermicompost into water and supposedly the castings are made of material so fine that they settle very slowly in comparison to…"
Sep 18, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Deighton King's discussion Worm Logic
"Lee, I keep bumping into you everywhere. How are you? How are those euros?"
Sep 14, 2013
Matthew Wilson replied to Deighton King's discussion Worm Logic
"Yes that's true, they definitely can consume the feedstock overnight. I feed my beds daily and at night you can see their mouths eating away at the chow. I wonder why this rummer about them eating bacteria. I think it may have come from one of…"
Sep 14, 2013

Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
March 1, 2009
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
The TV show "Dirty Jobs"
What do your worms like to eat?
Food scraps from a local restaurant, chicken mash
What kinds of worms do you have?
Eisenia fetida, Eisenia hortensis,
What worm bins do you use?
I have a metal fabrication shop and make a 16'x4' flow through bins.
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
About 30-40 pounds of cardboard and half cubic yard of manure
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About Me:
Worm farming is my full time occupation and my sole source of income. I am the owner of Worms Etc. It is what I do. Here on this forum, I will try to never sound like I am selling or trying to push my business. Since I make my living off of worm farming I feel like I can give back by offering my view and expertise.

Also it is in my best interest to promote vermicomposting and help make people successful at it. Some professional worm farmers do not see it this way and are not willing to share their knowledge do to fear of competition. I believe that each worm farmer should use his expertise to grow the vermicomposting community. Vermicomposting can enable a healthier, cleaner, and less hungry world. Vermicompost accomplishes this by taking waste and turning it into powerful fertilizer capable of growing amazing plants and vegetables.

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Compost and Vermicompost, What are they?

Compost is the process through which organic matter transforms from an unstable state to a stable state. To understand this, think about an apple that has fallen off of a tree and is left sitting on the ground undisturbed. The apple, although fresh and ready to eat when it falls from the tree, will not stay in this condition for long. Because the apple cannot stay in its present condition it is said to be in an unstable state. The apple has stored energy in the form of sugars, starches, and…


Posted on August 30, 2011 at 6:55pm — 3 Comments

Questions I commomly get about worm farming and composting

Common questions people ask about worms and worm farming

Written by Matthew of Worms Etc on June 15th, 2010


Here are a list of emails that I have received and answered that I thought contained valuable information.

Question: Does the same rules apply to your night crawlers [as to red wigglers]?  And can they co-exist…


Posted on August 18, 2011 at 9:22pm — 2 Comments

Earthworm Egg Capsules, Red Worm Reproduction

Worms reproduce by a fascinating method which also helps ensure their future existence. Earthworms lay egg capsules in the soil usually near a good source of food. The neat thing about theses egg capsules is there ability to survive harsh conditions that would kill adult earthworms. Earthworm egg capsules can survive freezing, and dry conditions for extended periods of time. The egg capsules will hatch…


Posted on August 8, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Packing and shipping red wiggler worms

We have had great success with shipping and packaging our worms. This year we have shipped out more than a thousand pounds of worms with only a couple of packages having problems. We did have an issue with worms trying to crawl out of the seams of the bags but we have solved that with new types of bags.

We harvest our worms ahead of time so that they have time to cool before shipping. After the worms have spent some time in…


Posted on July 26, 2011 at 3:15pm — 9 Comments

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Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 4:43pm on December 21, 2009, Mark from Kansas said…
Your bin is sort of how I pictured one in my mind's eye. I was a steelworker for 13 years. If I could make a metal bin, I think I would use Aluminum.
Your thoughts?
At 10:34am on January 2, 2010, Kenneth Westervelt said…
I don't understand what the controller circuit board is for. Does it trigger a motor or a heater of some kind?
At 9:07am on February 2, 2010, Ioannis Oikonomopoulos said…
Hi Matt,
I think it's a small world! Thanks for the invitation
At 1:04pm on January 25, 2011, Frank Dwelley said…

Hi Matthew,

Glad to be called your friend!


At 8:23pm on March 1, 2011, Frank Dwelley said…

Hi Matthew,

Sorry for the late response.  Are you anywhere near Simpsonville,SC?



At 7:51pm on March 2, 2011, Frank Dwelley said…

Hi Matthew,

Wow, Greer!  Love to come up for a visit and see what you are doing!  Although, I can see a lot of what you are doing from the great pics you posted.  We just moved into a house in Simpsonville and are still moving in.  I have my first thermal compost bins going and I will be doing some kind of vermicompost expansion of my 3 RM-type bins.  So much to do! 








At 9:22am on August 10, 2011, lawrence Taylor said…
Thanks  Matt
At 5:07pm on October 3, 2011, Joseph Despins said…
Hi Matthew, Thank you for your quality red wigglers and awesome fast service. I was so happy when I opened the black bag to see all those healthy worms so full of life. I will be back and have been spreading the word about your business with my gardening friends.
At 11:14pm on January 11, 2012, juniorpetru said…

...Happy New Year .... can teach me how can I collect a piece frame you land, which method can I use ... thank you .... I wish you a good day

At 11:16pm on January 11, 2012, juniorpetru said…

to know that your videos have been helpful for me .. Thanks again

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