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Worms for Raised Beds Kit

Regular price
£25.50

Garden Worms for raised beds. When you make a raised bed often you add new soil and compost and adding worms will help with drainage, aeration and fertility. 

Worms for the average size raised bed. 

Kit includes 50 garden worms and 250g of composting worms.

Your worms will need to go into the soil within 48hrs of arriving so be prepared for when they come. To use; dig a golf ball size hole every sq meter and pop in 5-8 earth worms in each hole then gently cover over with soil.


Our garden worms replenish tired and impoverished soils the natural way... with lots of extra worms. Every earthworm in your garden acts as an intelligent micro-plough, aerating, draining and feeding the soil as it goes.

Our Garden Worms can also be used to re-introduce worms into the gardens on new housing estates, where building work has driven off the native worms. Restock with Garden Worms and help ensure the survival of your expensive new planting.

Use these Lob worms (Lumbricus terrestris) to increase the numbers of worms in your garden. Deep burrowing garden earthworms such as these improve your soil from the bottom up and also encourage wildlife such as birds and hedgehogs to visit.

Every worm in your garden acts as an intelligent micro-plough, aerating, draining and feeding the soil as it goes. Earthworms do not have teeth, but use a gizzard to grind up pieces of food.

Our composting worms are mixture of species (mainly reds and dendras) selected for their composting ability. Sometimes composting worms are known as tiger worms, brandlings, reds and dendras. All work really well in your wormery and we use a mix as some worms prefer slightly more acidic conditions so a mix is beneficial.

Each species of worm is a surface litter worm meaning unlike the usual worms you find in your garden (lob worms - Lumbricus Terrestris) surface litter worms like reds and dendras like to work in the top few inches of the soil which is perfect in your wormery. They're found naturally in a manure heap or on the forest floor.


Why add garden worms?

Improved nutrient availability
Worms love dead roots, leaves, grasses, manure and soil. Their digestive system concentrates the organic and mineral constituents in the food they eat, so their casts are richer in available nutrients than the soil around them. Nitrogen in the casts is readily available to plants. Worm bodies decompose rapidly, further contributing to the nitrogen content of the soil.

Worm casts release four times more phosphorus than standard surface soil. Plants love them too as they are a brilliant environment for root growth, they can also help roots penetrate deeper to more nutrients and moisture.

Improved drainage
By burrowing in the soil, worms loosen and aerate the soil and greatly improve soil drainage. Soils with earthworms drain up to 10 times faster than soils without earthworms. In zero-till soils, where worm populations are high, water infiltration can be up to 6 times greater than in cultivated soils.

Improved soil structure
Worm casts help to rebuild topsoil, they can also store moisture without it dispersing - greatly benefitting plants.

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Please note these earthworms / earth worms are native to the UK but they are produced in Canada for a Worldwide (HUGE) market that is mostly fishing. Most of them come into Europe on a ship but some are airfreighted if there is space on a passenger plane so this carbon footprint can be borne in mind when you purchase.)

In terms of safety and pathogens the worms are our native species of Lumbricus Terrestris and the reason they are harvested in Canada in Ontario is because when we exported them over there many many years ago they loved the Ontario soil and the crops they grow out there and thrived and unlike here do not have natural predators.

The worms go through the Canadian system for health certificates and then they are put into a sterile carrier which and are fully tested and certified for plant health and via Defra.

 

IMPORTANT WIGGLY UPDATE:

All our orders are now despatched from our farm here in Herefordshire and so we’ve made a few changes. We will always despatch orders as soon as possible, but we do offer a next day delivery service (some restrictions apply) for those urgent orders.

Wiggly Standard Delivery (3 - 5 day delivery) £3.95 within mainland Britain

If you don't mind when your order arrives... (within reason of course) Choose standard delivery and we will despatch your order with the best option for us. This may be APC Overnight, DPD or Royal Mail. You need to allow 2 - 5 days for delivery, and we can post to anywhere in mainland Britain. See below if you are in Highlands and Islands.

Next Week Day delivery for £5.95 to mainland Britain

If you need a guaranteed Next Day delivery then please choose the Next Day delivery option. If you order on a Friday then the delivery will be with you on the following Monday. Please note there are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Important - Highlands and Islands

IF your order contains JUST live worms and is under 2 kilos - whether that’s composting worms, wax worms or mealworms you will have the option in the checkout to choose standard delivery at £3.95. This is because we can use Royal Mail for this service. Otherwise you will see the extra cost options for a courier to deliver your package – please note there is no guaranteed next day service to these areas so please allow extra time and track your package for information.

For Falkirk, Aberdeen Perth Kirkwall Paisley and Inverness Areas (not islands), Isle of Man and Isle of Wight the charge is £14.95

Postcodes:

AB37-38 AB41-56 FK 17-21 IV1- 40 IV52-54 IV63 KW1-14 PA21-40 PA80 PH15-50 IM1-9 IM86-87 IM99 PO30-41)

For Scottish Islands, Outer Hebrides, Kilmarnock area, Paisley area, Chanel Islands and Northern Ireland the charge is £19.95

Postcodes:

HS1-9 IV41-56 KA27-28 KW15-17 PA20 PA41-78 PH42-44 ZE1-3 BT1-99 JE1-5 GY1-10)

Please email us at wiggly@wigglywigglers.co.uk if you need any further information.