Where to buy red worms in Delaware
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Need to buy red worms in Delaware so you can start worm composting today? We can help, today we cover places you can get started utilizing resources in-state. Of course, you could always purchase worms from our friends over at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. But I felt it important to outline where people can find worms locally to get started.
Let’s jump in.
Where To Buy Worms In Delaware
Contact Farm And Garden Supply Businesses
Farm and garden stores are jumping on the bandwagon of selling compost worms. As researchers continue to find benefits of vermicompost and composting worms, more farmers are looking to add them to their soil.
That’s good news for us because it makes composting worms easier to buy than ever. Since worm sales are new for many stores, they often do not advertise. It can be unclear if they sell worms, so it’s always a good idea to call in advance.
If you’ve found a farm and garden store in Delaware that sells compost worms please share them in the contact form below. I want to share as many resources as possible with new and experienced vermicomposters.
Contact Fishing And Tackle Stores
If you can’t find a farm or garden store in Delaware that sells compost worms, you can always contact your local bait and tackle store. Unfortunately, many people forget about fishing stores because they sell worms as bait, not as composters.
With so many streams, creeks, and ponds, many people enjoy fishing in Delaware. Thankfully most of these small fishing shops are located in small towns and many communities.
This is the most common way that many vermicomposters get their start. However, it’s important to note a few things that I’ve heard over the years.
It is a good practice to ask ahead and see if they carry Eisinia fetida, red wigglers, compost worms, or tiger worms. Some worms shops separate all of their worms and charge different prices for each. Others just sell worms by weight. I’ve heard of both types of worm sales.
You may find that when you arrive that the worms that are sold as compost worms are not only redworms. That’s still okay.
If you open the container to find a box full of red worms and blue worms, you are good to go. Red worms can peacefully coexist with other types of composting worms, like blue worms. If you have a box full of earthworms, you may want to return them. Earthworms often working outdoor bins but don’t enjoy living as close together or eat as much as composting worms.
Dig In The Dirt (The Free Method)
Finally, if you can’t find a store in your town, you can go the free method – digging in the dirt.
This is an easy and free way that can allow anyone to get started in vermicomposting. Simply find a small trowel and start checking around fallen leaves, compost piles, or in the woods. Compost worms live closer to the surface, so you shouldn’t need to dig too far.
This is one of my favorite methods because
- It’s free
- It is a kid-friendly activity
- You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
- Harms fewer worms in the process
- Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established
It is okay if you grab a little dirt when picking out the worms as that will help introduce some beneficial bacterias to your worm composting bin. The only thing worth noting is that if you find only 25 worms in your digging, it will take roughly 180 days to grow your bin to 250 worms (which is what many people purchase online to get started).
If If you can’t find where to buy worms in Delaware, this is a great and fun way to get started.
Local Online Sellers
Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers for DE Worm Sellers
Now if you can’t find a brick and mortar in your own community you might be able to find some worms online. Websites like Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy all feature worm sellers, and many people are located within a short distance.
Here are some quick links to buy worms in Delaware on Craigslist.
If you are looking to buy compost worms in Delaware on eBay and Etsy, you can filter results to only show you those available nearby. I like to start with the closest area and keep increasing the delivery area until I find a regional seller.
Facebook Marketplaces & Groups
If you are a Facebook user, you can also search for compost worms in different groups or marketplaces. Many cities and towns have yard sale and garage sale pages along with trade-only pages.
This is the method I used to get my start. I asked my local trade-only page if anyone composts with worms. I asked if I could trade some coffee for some worms to get started. A wonderful local gardener who just released her worms in her outdoor compost pile answered.
I arrived at her house with a small bucket, and she filled it with worms and compost. She has a wealth of information about vermicompost and gardening. This method helped me connect with another passionate gardener in my community.
Worm Sellers In Delaware
Sadly, I wasn’t able to find any brick-and-mortar stores that sell worms in Delaware. If you are a worm seller or know of a farm, garden, or fishing store that sells composting worms in DE, please share their details on the form below.
Let’s share the joy of vermicomposting!
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