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Where, in person, can I buy red wiggler worms for vermicomposting in Chicago?
May 14, 2011 3:49 PM   Subscribe

Where, in person, can I buy red wiggler worms for vermicomposting in Chicago?
posted by a robot made out of meat to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
 
Check this link
posted by edgeways at 4:09 PM on May 14, 2011


Many hardware stores carry these in San Francisco. We got ours at Cole Hardware. Try calling some local hardware stores: they may well have them.
posted by kdar at 4:24 PM on May 14, 2011


Any bait shop. I got some at Park Bait Co. on Montrose Harbor.
posted by hydrophonic at 4:41 PM on May 14, 2011


Please don't! They're an introduced species which have on many occasions escaped their vermicomposting vessels and now pose a significant invasive threat to native earthworm populations (source). Consider enlisting local worms instead.
posted by alexandermatheson at 5:03 PM on May 14, 2011


That link could not be less helpful, and is only tangentially topical. My bad. This is a good summary page.
posted by alexandermatheson at 5:06 PM on May 14, 2011


I don't think that worms escaping my downtown highrise balcony to currently pristine woodlands is a significant threat.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 5:36 PM on May 14, 2011


I followed the link alexandermatheson posted, and learned that red wigglers aren't great at composting. There's an Ask.Me style link where people ask experts local to your area questions about worms here. The link suggested talking to your local university extension (see the link I posted) to find out what kind of worms work for composting in your area, and I bet they would know exactly where you could find them.
posted by aniola at 6:48 PM on May 14, 2011


I found this link to the Windy City Worms. In my town they have worms for sale at the environmental shop and organic farmers market. And if you want a DIY bin, the OSCR JR. works great.
posted by KathyK at 7:24 AM on May 16, 2011


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