European night crawler

European night crawler

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European Nightcrawlers (ENC): (Eisenia hortensis). Great for composting and larger than the redworms so they can also be used for fishing. 2 or 3 times bigger than their smaller cousins, the redworm, they are as thick as a pencil and vary in length. I have come to find out that they are a great addition to a redworm compost. They are very compatible with redworms and they will do a lot of the finish work (like break down the bedding material once the food is gone) that the redworms leave behind. 

European Nightcrawlers are very good to add into a garden since they are 12" dwellers (also known as soil tillers). They consume more leaf mold than redworms so they will thrive in your garden or around orchard trees. 

When calculating the amount of worms needed for your project yard, garden or compost here is an easy way to figure it out.

1 lb. of ENC per 1,000 sq. ft. of yard area with a light mulch spread over the yard.

1 lb. of ENC per 100 sq. ft. of garden area with 3" to 6" of mulch or compost spread over the garden (this is best done in the fall to give the worms all winter to work in the mulch).

1 lb. of ENC/redworm mix per 2 sq. ft. of compost area (this will give them area to grow with ample food available).

The mass of one pound of worms is almost two cups of volume. One pound of compost worms can be fed 3.5 lbs of waste per week (or one gallon estimate). If you read somewhere that you should order 1000 worms it is implied that 1000 worms should = 1 lb. This is deceptive, 1 lb of worms can vary between a 200 to 15,000 count depending on the type and age of worms that you order. So beware if you are ordering 1000 worms from another source it may be as little as a couple ounces which would not do much composting.

Shipping is built into the cost of this item. See below for more shipping and pick up information

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Orders to be shipped can only be placed through this website, not over the phone. For questions please email. Orders above 20 lbs can be invoiced via email.

Pick up price for a mix is $33 per lb. and $18 per 1/2 lb. plus tax. Worms are available for pick up every Saturday between 1-5 pm. If you wish to pick up 2 lbs or more please contact me by Thursday for a Saturday pick up . We do not have worm pick up during the week.

All shipped orders must be in by Friday midnight for Monday shipping. Orders received after that time may be scheduled for the next week. Please include a contact phone number for redworm orders, this is required by the post office for the delivery of live animals.

To ensure live delivery for your worms we have guidelines on how we ship during the winter.

During the winter if your temps are:

Above 40 degrees daytime and above 30 degrees nighttime worms are shipped priority mail.

Between 40-30 degrees daytime and/or 30-20 degrees nighttime worms are shipped priority mail “hold for pick up” at the post office. If your order is not picked up at the post office within 24 hours the "live guarantee" will be voided.

Below 30 degrees daytime and/or below 20 degrees nighttime worms orders are held and not shipped.

If our temps are below 30 degrees (Portland Oregon weather) our harvesting is difficult and we do not ship worms at this time.