The Gentleman’s guide to vermiculture

The Gentleman’s guide to vermiculture


Worms have been around for a really, really, really long time. There is a belief that they have stunted evolution as they have attained evolutionary perfection for the task that they perform.

They help to improve water and air flow into soil and break down organic matter in the ground. Behind them they leave a trail of super food that plants can use to grow. Their poop is commonly referred to as worm castings and is a very valuable type of fertilizer.

Vermiculture or vermicomposting is the use of worms to create compost. The worms will consume any organic matter in their way, including decomposing vegetable or food waste and bedding materials. The end result is their known as worm castings, worm humus or worm manure. I think poop works fine. Although, as a gentleman vermiculturist, worm castings is more acceptable.

The worm castings contain water-soluble nutrients, and is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner.

Vermicomposting is simple, effective, convenient, and noiseless. It also saves water, energy, landfills, and helps rebuild the soil. The worms ability to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich material reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers.

Eisenia fetida

Eisenia fetida, known under various common names such as redworm, brandling worm, panfish worm, trout worm, tiger worm, red wiggler worm, red californian earth worm, etc., is a species of earthworm adapted to decaying organic material.
Scientific name: Eisenia foetida
Higher classification: Eisenia
Rank: Species

Ah, my beloved red wigglers. My children believe I love you more than them …

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Adam Jones is the Gentleman Vermiculturist. He lives in the suburb of Dingley Village with his wife, two kids, dog, cat and, according to his wife, an alarming number of worms. He uses email and can be contacted at
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