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5 good reasons to love earthworms


The earthworm is one of the best friends of the vegetable garden, an unsurpassed helper of the organic farmer in naturally fertilizing the soil. Let's see the characteristics that make these worms really valuable for our crops:

  1. It is ecological. The earthworm feeds on manure, vegetable, garden and kitchen waste. Earthworm composting is the simplest system for recovering the organic fraction of waste, it allows the ecological transformation of any type of biodegradable material (leaves, chipped pruning residues, agri-food waste but also sewage sludge and manure).
  2. It is cheap. Worm farming has a very low cost and you need few tools, with a few square meters of earth, a fork, a shovel and a wheelbarrow you can start producing humus on your own.
  3. It is self-sufficient. Earthworms resist heat and cold, do well outdoors and do not require structures. The only cure is to feed them three times a month with vegetable waste or manure.
  4. It is nutritious. Earthworms have 70% protein and can also be used in animal nutrition, excellent for weaning chicks, fish, turtles, birds and other pets, for example, and are also sought after as fishing bait.
  5. It is fertile. The compost worm produced by earthworms is a precious organic fertilizer, better known as humus, unsurpassed for fertilizing the soil of the organic garden, for making seedlings in seedbeds and for making soil for potted plants to grow on the balcony.

For these reasons, an excellent tip is to get interested in earthworm farming, whether it is as a hobby, self-producing the fertilizer you need in the garden, or for work, finding a new and surprising source of income. You can learn more about earthworm breeding by reading this article on earthworm cultivation, produced in collaboration with Lombricoltura Compagnoni.

Article written by Matteo Cereda with the technical contribution of Luigi Compagnoni, an agricultural entrepreneur expert in earthworm farming.

Matteo Cereda2019-01-04T09: 13: 00 + 01: 00
  1. George31 July 2018 at 16:43

    Interesting in all details!

  2. Marilena Perrone1 August 2018 at 17:53

    I would be interested in earthworm cultivation, how to do it? thanks.

    • Matteo Cereda2 August 2018 at 10:14

      Hi Marilena, I suggest you write to Lombricoltura Compagnoni. Tell him you got the contact from Orto Da Coltivare.

  3. Franco1 November 2019 at 18:11

    Congratulations for the articles you publish and for the valuable advice. I add a question: I live in Genoa and I really don't know where to find earthworms for my garden. Can you direct me? Thank you so much

    • Matteo Cereda2 November 2019 at 6:29

      Hi Franco, I really don't know how to give you directions about Genoa. You can try hearing Lombricoltura Compagnoni.

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