Vermicomposting can provide you with an endless amount of fertilizer and fish bait, and recycles your waste.

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  1. This accidentally happened in my compost pile. I think it's a beneficial accident. Whenever I go fishing, I grab 10-15 of them as bait.

  2. It can also be used to reduce paper waste from the toilet and kitchen. Careful what cleaning supplies are used.

  3. Please make sure that you do not let any non-native worms out into the wild, they can really mess up your local ecosystem. So, vermicomposting is great, the solution to almost any issue you run into with them is "add more shredded newspaper, their poop is some of the best fertilizer around, but for the love of God if you get tired of them don't dump them outside!

  4. This is a really important point, and an issue I haven't completely figured out. For those that don't know, all earthworms are invasive in North America. I'm in a suburban environment that has plenty of worms in it already, but if you live near a nice ecosystem, its definitely worth the effort to prevent them from escaping, or at least investigating whether they're already there. Introducing a new population to an environment that does not currently have them could be really bad.

  5. So cold here in the Taiga/Boreal forest we don't even have natural worms in the ground is my understanding but invasive earth worms are still an issue here.

  6. No. Earthworms are native to the United States, says Melissa McCormick, ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, but the earthworms in some northern parts of the country (including Vermont) aren’t indigenous. Thousands of years ago, glaciers that covered North America and reached as far south as present-day Illinois, Indiana and Ohio wiped out native earthworms. Species from Europe and Asia, most likely introduced unintentionally in ship ballast or the roots of imported plants, have spread throughout North America.

  7. I get a ton of worms in my compost pile naturally, I think they are some sort of night crawler. Would it be worth it to buy and add some to my pile, are the small red wrigglers really better?

  8. No I don't think they'd be meaningfully better. They're just a hardy species thats easy to care for.

  9. "endless amount of fertilizer" isn't really accurate. You can produce very finite amounts, over months, for amending soil. It's also less fertilizer and more "worm castings are full of life which help improve soil health".

  10. I thought I'd messed up terribly with my vermicompost bin. I got so busy this winter I neglected it entirely. Finally got around to dumpling the contents into my regular compost heap and guess what? They were still alive! Easiest prep ever. I'm going to double down on my efforts now and hope to produce enough to feed to my chickens and quail fairly regularly.

  11. I had a vermi in university. It was right outside my kitchen window. One day, it rained so heavy the lid collapsed and all the worms drowned. I felt terrible. :(

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