What is vermiculture?

Vermiculture is the process in which certain types of wriggly worms break down organic material such as food waste, leaf mulch, cardboard, paper and certain garden waste into highly nutritious material, known to many as “Black Gold”. 

Vermicompost (worm poop), is so rich in nutrients that a little can make a LARGE difference. 

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Composting worms are specialized surface dwellers (not burrowers), typically living in very rich organic matter such as manure, compost heaps or leaf litter

Red worm eggs look like tiny straw-coloured lemons

Adding crushed egg shells (or other calcium sources) can help stimulate worm reproduction


Most common variety used is Eisenia fetida (also spelled ‘foetida‘), although it’s larger cousin, Eisenia hortensis (a.k.a. the ‘European Nightcrawler’) is commonly used as well (more commonly to be sold as bait worms)

Common names for E. fetida include: red worm, red wiggler, brandling worm, manure worm, tiger worm

It is widely believed that a composting worm can process the equivalent of its own weight in waste each day.

Under highly optimum conditions (not likely to be attained with a small home system) red worms have been found to process multiple times their own weight! This is very much dependent on the food stock and how well-managed the system is.


When creating a permaculture design we always try to incorporate a wormery whenever we can so that the environment (design) has access to some of the most nutritious organic composting matter. 

When vermicompost is added to regular organic compost at a ratio of 20/80 (vermicompost/organic compost) the results are often startling with an increase in productivity of the plant by as much as 300%

With this in mind, vermiculture is growing at an exponential rate and demand has increased for worm poop. If you would like to set up your own worm farm get in touch with us and we can either provide our expert knowledge through years of trial and error to perfect the system we use, or we can come to you and set it up for you. 

Worm farms can be established of any size, from a bucket in the ground to barn-sized production, it really depends on your needs.

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If you are keen to set up a worm farm get in touch and let’s talk.