The jewels in your garden


Have you ever found the jewels in your garden soil? Earthworm cocoon or compound eggs is one of the most important biomonitors for soil quality and fertility. Biomonitor can be defined as an organism that provides quantitative information on the quality of the environment around it.

If your garden soil is not productive, it can be caused by the lack of the earthworms and other beneficial soil creatures. So, it’s time to supply more addition of organic fertilizers such as worm castings or vermicompost, otherwise it will waste your time and energy.

This photo is the cocoons of compost worm or red wiggler. One cocoon can produce up to 6 juveniles of tiny worms that will grow become adult worms within 3 – 4 weeks in favorable conditions. The adult worms will mate and produce in average 1 cocoon per two days.

In vermiculture – vermicomposting, the cocoons production is an indicator that the worms are healthy and happy. By having the high production of cocoons per adult worm and hatchlings per cocoon, the population growth of the red wigglers will be fast. They can double their population within 2 months under the optimum conditions. During the active growth of the compost worms, they can consume the organic waste the same amount as their body weight per day and process it to become high quality of vermicompost.

Please visit at Portfolio to learn more about the life cycle of red wiggler and their optimum conditions, also for vermicompost application to your garden. Bintoro Gunadi

Red Worm open eyes 8-8-2013

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