The worm mix is only available for local Ottawa orders, because the wormies get super stressed when they are shipped! Due to limited quantities, preference is given to customers who also buy the Worm Studio.
To find red wigglers near you, try searching Kijiji, local gardening groups or this online resource.
The earthworm mix contains hundreds of red wigglers of all ages along with cocoons contained in microbe-rich bedding. It weighs about 3 pounds and is created to kick-start your composting adventure.
Whom is the red wiggler worm mix for?
Our worm mix is for new worm parents looking to start a worm bin. Any experienced worm composter will tell you that the secret to a successful bin are the essential microbes as they are the first to break down your food scraps so the wormies can eat the smaller pieces.
If you are starting new, our worm mix approach provides you with microbe-rich material from our mature bins so you can have a stable system right from the start. As the worms are in their original environment, they will settle easily into their new home - your worm bin.
About our wormies
Our wormies are fed a diet of spent beer grain from our neighbourhood brewery (getting them nice and tipsy for procreation *wink wink*) and flourish in a temperature controlled environment. We do not use energy intensive/unsustainable processed bedding like coco coir or peat moss as they are energy intensive and environmentally destructive. Instead, we use shredded cardboard from discarded shipping boxes that were probably headed to landfill.
Euros vs red wigglers: what's the difference?
Both are excellent composting worms and you likely won't realize the difference when it comes to composting. That said, reds are more favoured than euros though because they have a greater tolerance to temperature fluctuations, pH fluctuations, and rough handling. If you have a simple worm bin at home, you need not worry about any of that - it's food for thought for larger scale worm farmers.
An advantage euros have is that they are a bigger worm so they can be used as bait for fishing or for feeding your reptiles!
All our packaging is 100% compostable (including our paper tape) and should be torn up and added to your worm bin as bedding.
We have had the worm studio and red wrigglers for 15 months. We are on our third tray and are looking forward to using the casings in our garden. This is a great product and the customer support is top notch! (I got it as a Christmas present and was thrilled!)
The box was well designed and easy to assemble. Beatiful simple design. It is very satisfying to create something useful from waste. We treat the wormies like our pets and are happy to see them multiply. Can’t wait to have enough casting to use them for houseplants and garden.
Great service - great product! (so much easier to use with a worm mix rather than simply a bag of worms)
Thank you for all your help and follow up - the worms are doing well. We have already found eggs and babies! The students are thrilled!
The Box of Life made it so simple and easy for me to start vermicomposting by selling me the worm mix and box as a package and delivering to my door. It was fun to screw the kit together myself. The instructions are easy to follow and the wormies are literally eating them up! Akil answers all of my questions clearly and with a dash of humour, and I am also getting fabulous practical tips from the growing community of compost heroes. For 9 weeks the wormies have been happily converting food and paper scraps into castings. They are great conversation starters, too!