Where can I buy red worms in New Mexico
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Ready to start vermicomposting and need to find places to buy worms in New Mexico? In today’s blog, I’ll share a bunch of ways you can start worm composting. There are ways you can get started for free along with worm farms where you can purchase your red wigglers. Of course, you could always purchase worms from our friends over at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm.
Let’s dig into today’s article.
Where To Buy Worms In New Mexico
Contact Bait And Tackle Stores
First, one of the most common places in most communities is the local bait and tackle fishing store. People who want to start composting often overlook the bait shop, because they sell worms for fish to eat. However, many fishing shops carry much more than nightcrawlers and earthworms.
Earthworms are great for fishing but are rather difficult to compost inside your apartment. The worm you are looking for goes by a few names. Red wigglers, red worms, tiger worms, composting worms, are all the same names for Eisenia fetida.
It is common for bait shops to also carry another kind of composting worm, the blue worm. Sometimes, shops combine both blue and red worms in one container, because they are roughly the same size. Thankfully, both types of worms are excellent composters and live symbiotically together.
Check Farming And Garden Supply Businesses
If your town does not have a bat shop, you will want to visit the garden center. Many people are surprised to find out that many garden stores are carrying worms. They started carrying worms once people wanted natural ways to fertilize and improve their soil.
Worms offer a lot of benefits to soil, such as:
- You can vermicompost and just havest the castings.
- You can release them in an outdoor bin to speed up outdoor composting
- You can turn the castings into compost tea.
- You could just release the worms into the soil.
While many people who purchase worms from the garden store release them directly into their soil, you can add them to whatever worm bin you’re using. Be sure to call ahead and confirm that the farm and garden store sells worms. Many are selling the castings, but not the worms. Confirm with the employee that they sell live composting worms.
Dig In The Leaf Litter (The Free Method)
If you don’t have the money necessary to buy worms, you can always hunt for them in nature. I know this post is supposed to help people in New Mexico find worms outside. It seems needless to say, it is unlikely that you will find them in the mid-summer in most locations.
Instead wait until the late fall, winter, or spring for the rain to fall. Although rain is uncommon in New Mexico, it is best to wait until after an all-day soaking rain to find worms. A long rain will saturate the soil and encourage worms to wiggle closer to the surface.
Many people don’t realize it, but worms breathe through their skin. After a soaking rain, worms may drown in the soil because it’s so saturated with water. Worms will wiggle above ground, often under leaves, sometimes on the sidewalk.
I personally love this method because:
- You use native worms (releasable back in nature)
- It’s free
- Fun and kid-friendly
- Harms fewer worms in the process
- Includes beneficial bacteria to help your worms get established
Local Online Sellers
Buy Worms In NM On Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy Sellers
If your hometown does not have a fishing or garden store and you don’t want to dig in the dirt, you can always check online. There are a ton of people online selling worms from their worm farm or just from their small home compost bin.
Worms in an apartment compost bin worms will stop making cocoons once the bin reaches its top population. You can easily sell a handful of worms, and worms will start laying cocoons to boost their numbers again.
Related: Should I buy a bigger worm bin?
This is a great way to support a local seller. Here are some quick links to buy worms inNew Mexico on Craigslist.
If you didn’t find anyone on Craigslist, be sure to check out eBay and Etsy for red worms. It may seem weird, but both websites allow small sellers to create an online shop to sell worms. It is much easier to sell on these sites than building a website and trying to sell them there. You can even check for businesses that are close to your home to limit the amount of shipping necessary.
Finally, if you’re a social media user you can check the growing number of yard sales, garage sales, and marketplaces to find worms.
It’s important to mention that Facebook’s group sand market places are a great place for you to meet someone in your hometown. Facebook allowed me to restart a bin after a big move.
I posted on a message group that I wanted to start worm composting and asked if anyone would sell me some worms. Within a half-hour, I had received a message in my inbox from someone across town. She told me she would gladly give me. a few shovels full of her worm-rich outdoor compost.
After a few days, I was at her house with a bucket. I spent over an hour talking to her about her history of worm composting. I learned a lot talking to her about her successes and failures. She continues to be a go-to resource when I have any questions.
This is a great option because you can share the joy of composting and meet someone in your community—a win-win.
Worm Stores InNew Mexico
Thankfully, if you want to purchase worms from a worm breeder inNew Mexico, 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!
I was able to find one store where you can buy compost worms. Please feel free to share your worm farm below if you too are selling worms!
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