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Q. What's so special about vermicompost?
Vermicompost is a natural, non-toxic way to nourish your soil. It’s rich in humus, so it improves the soil's overall texture and consistency. It also helps your soil retain moisture. And it's gentle on your plants.

The most productive soils are teeming with life! Vermicompost contains millions of beneficial microorganisms that break complex nutrients down into forms that plants can readily absorb and utilize. Vermicompost restores soil vitality and is safe for you, your children, and pets.

While synthetic fertilzers may provide plants with an immediate nutrient boost, they destroy the soil's healthy biological properties in the process. They're poisonous to you as well. Just read the warning labels. No warnings required with vermicompost!

Q. I want to home compost. Where can I get worms?
We believe in supporting your local vermiculturalist (worm grower). If you’re having problems finding a local supplier, we can ship worms to you! However, at Good Earth Worms LLC, we don't count or weigh worms like many producers do. We sell “bed run” worms by volume in 1 gallon containers. We guarantee you'll get more than your money's worth. Click here for more info.

Q. What does “bed run” mean?
That’s when you get working worms in their original bedding, including worms at every age and stage of development - cocoons, juveniles, adults and breeding stock. This is a great way to get started, and allows your worms to adapt and flourish in their new home as they would in nature.

Q. What do worms eat?
The amazing thing about redworms is they’ll eat almost anything that was once living... beyond ripe food and plant waste, leaves, shredded newspaper, napkins… They are highly efficient recyclers.

And although worms will eat almost anything, there are some things you should avoid  putting into a worm bin. We recommend disposing of meat scraps, bones, and dairy products elsewhere. They’re more likely to attract rodents and other pests, and could cause the worm bin to become rotten and stinky. 

At Good Earth Worms, we bed our stock in pre-composted horse manure and hay. Our worms eat plant and vegetable surplus from our own organic gardens and hayfield, and from our neighboring "certified organic" producer Grant Family Farms (CSA) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Click on the link to check out Grant Farms.

Q. Do worms have teeth?
No, worms don’t have teeth. Like birds, they have a gizzard to grind the food they nibble. For that reason, we need to add grit to the worm bedding. A handful or two of soil will do.