How to grow earthworms
The earthworm is an invertebrate with a pinkish body. The body is made up of rings called segments, on each segment there are four pairs of brushes. When crawling, the earthworm gets longer and shorter. The size can vary between 10 and 25 cm
|Class||Oligochaeta (Brushless Ringworms)|
Worms are best caught after a rain shower. Catching a worm is quite easy, if you dig in the garden or in front of the door after it rains. The number of worms you catch does not matter. For a start, about 10 large worms are good.
The cultivation of earthworms is done in boxes or wooden boxes, these boxes or boxes must not transmit light. Use good soil (avoid sandy soil). To begin with, add a little rotten or dead vegetation. Make the soil moist but not too wet.
Worms eat almost all types of organic matter. Feeding once or twice a week is sufficient. Too much will pollute the soil. It is recommended to give about 1/2 kg of protein-rich foods such as pork fat or meat.
Earthworms are hermaphrodites. That means they are both male and female. Still, they must mate in order to reproduce. After mating, a cocoon is formed. Each cocoon contains 4 to 20 eggs. Usually the first worm to hatch feeds on the other eggs. After a few weeks only 1 worm remains. If you start with 10 worms you will see that after 3 to 4 weeks you will already have 3 to 4 times as many worms.
- Keep the propagator in a cool, fresh place at around 15 ° C
- Keep the soil moist but do not wet it.
- To prevent unpleasant odors from the rotting waste, you can cover the whole with a layer of (dried) leaves.
- Worms love coffee grounds and you can feed them now and then.
The earthworm has many applications, for example you can use it to fish or feed it to your pet. Here’s a list:
- Reptiles (Salamanders, Turtles)
- (pond) Fish
- Fishing sports as bait
- composting waste
For people with a turtle read this: Water turtle as a pet
- In Australia there are earthworms that can grow up to 3 meters.
- But that’s nothing compared to earthworms in Africa that can grow up to 6.5 meters.
- The cocoon of an earthworm is 3 to 4 mm in size
- Earthworms can live up to 10 years!