Where to buy red worms in Kentucky
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You’re in luck if you want to buy compost worms in Georgia. Today’s post will share a few ways that you can get started by supporting local or in-state resources. Of course, you could always purchase worms from our friends over at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm (clicking this link helps support the website, thanks in advance!).
The state of Kentucky has a few differnt compost worm sellers. Today I will share some locations you can check for worms to help you get started.
Let’s jump in.
Where To Buy Worms In Kentucky
Dig In The Dirt (The Free Method)
First, I want to share the easiest and freest method – digging in the dirt. Composting worms, unlike earthworms, live in the top layer of the soil. You can often find them in the leaf litter in the woods, manure piles, or outdoor compost piles.
This is one of my favorite methods because
- It’s free
- Fun and kid-friendly
- You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
- Harms fewer worms in the process
- Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established
Any dirt crumbles that you grab along with the worms can also help jumpstart your worm bin. Soil from the outdoors contains beneficial microbes and bacteria. These helpful soil decomposers will help your worms break down food in your apartment compost bin.
This method is beneficial for people who are looking for a slow start. If you find just 25-50 worms, it will take 6 months for the worms to build to a population of 205+ worms. Worms create cocoons that can release 3-5 worms every 90 days.
If you are okay with a slow start to vermicomposting, this is a great and fun way to get started.
Check Farm And Garden Supply Businesses
Next, stores that recently started carrying compost worms are farm supply, garden stores, and plant nurseries. As research comes out about the benefits of soil biodiversity, more people are looking to compost. They also release red worms in the soil to try to boost the soil quality permanently.
For this reason, more stores carry worms for purchase. It is important to call ahead to see check that they carry worms and not worm castings. Worm castings are the same as vermicompost or the nutrient-rich poop of your worms.
Contact Fishing And Tackle Stores
Finally, one place that exists in both rural Kentucky and cities is your local fishing supplies store. Just because they sell worms for bait doesn’t mean that they won’t sell them for composting.
Ideally, when you call ahead, you want to check that they have red wigglers, known as Eisenia fetida, tiger worms, or red worms. These are all different names for the same worm, our friendly compost worm. Another variety that you can use are blue worms.
Earthworms can compost food but tend not to live in colonies like red worms. Instead, they prefer more space to be happy. Unless you make special considerations for the needs of earthworms, avoid them for your indoor compost bin.
If you arrive and discover that there are different worms all mixed together, it will be okay. Especially if they are blue and red worms. These worms work great together and both fall under the Eisenia type of worm which likes to live on the soil and feed on decaying matter.
Local Online Sellers
Buy Worms In GA On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers
One place I forgot about when I got started was Craigslist. I remember checking this site whenever I’m looking to sell a car, or buy a bicycle. I didn’t think about it as a place to buy composting worms. You’d be surprised how many people sell composting worms and vermicompost for extra money.
This is a great way to support a local seller. Here are some quick links to buy worms in Kentucky on Craigslist.
- Macon / Warner Robins
- Northwest GA
- Savannah / Hinesville
Another online resource that can help you buy compost worms in Kentucky is eBay or Etsy. You can filter the results by zip code. Start with the closest distance option. If there are no results, expand to the next closest option until you find a seller. Often people can find a seller within 25 miles of their home.
Social Media Marketplaces
Another online resource you can use to buy worms is on social media marketplaces. Facebook’s marketplace and trade-only groups give plenty of opportunities to connect with other sellers.
I started this way with an offer of a bag of coffee for compost worms. A composter from across town told me to bring a bucket. They gave me a few shovels of worms from their outdoor compost bin. It was lovely to talk to her about composting and her journey from indoor to outdoor composting.
Share the joy of composting and meet someone in your community—a win-win.
Worm Stores In Kentucky
Thankfully, if you are looking to purchase worms from a worm breeder in Kentucky, you have some options. Below I’ve listed a few different places you can find worms. These also include some home and garden stores that sell worms as well. If you know a brick-and-mortar business where you can buy worms, please share their information below!
Here are a few stores that you can check out.
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