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I was curious to know whether Earthworms (aka Night Crawlers) were the same as the Red worms we sell in the store, so I did some Web searches and ended up at wormsway.com. Here’s the short version:
1) Red worms are the best for enclosed composters, and Earthworms are best left in your garden.
2) Earthworms prefer temperatures around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, while Red worms will thrive in a wider temperature range (59-77 degrees Farhenheit).
3) Red worms can handle more frequent intrusions (i.e. adding food scraps and harvesting the worms’ castings); whereas the Earthworm prefers solitude, only surfacing when searching for food (rotting leaves and debris).
4)Red worms are also prized for their ability to process waste (fruit & veggie scraps) in a relatively short time; as well as reproducing at a fairly rapid rate. In ideal conditions, as much as Doubling in the space of a Month! (Eewww!)
Happy Gardening, and Thanks for Growing Organically!
-Order Taker @ PVFS
Leslie Palin Says:
Jan 4th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Thank you, Kimberly! - you summarized in one post what was still unresolved for me after 3 hours of internet research - which type of earthworm I needed for gardening (vs. composting).