Here you will want to fill your worm bin with about one foot of Michigan

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Face Mask Sheet Alabama Jumpers make one of the most rugged fishing worms since they have a tougher outer skin layer enabling them to remain on the hook better than many other varieties of worms. Being these worms can litterally jump out of your hands should give you the picture of just how active they will wiggle on your fishing hook.

Alabama Jumpers do well in a warm environment as they originate in the tropical and subtropical regions however are known to live in the soil as far north as Chattanooga Tennessee. Being these worms are tropical by nature, they become sluggish if the internal temperature of your compost pile or worm bin falls to about fifty five degrees.

Raising Alabama Jumpers in a compost pile begins with carbon based or brown products such as hay, leaves, shredded newspaper and cardboard. Refrain from using straw, acidic leaves such as oak, pine needles... As this decomposes it will generate some warmth for your worms to assist in keeping them warm.

Alabama Jumpers also enjoy a diet of vegetable scraps similar to that of red wiggler worms, hence rounding off their needed nutrients as well as creating additional warmth during the colder months paying special attention to not over heating your compost pile. To avoid this, place your food scraps into one corner of the pile, under the shredded material or hay and move clockwise or counter clockwise as you continue to add more material over time, permitting areas to heat up and cool down enough for the Alabama Jumpers to survive in.

To raise Alabama Jumpers for fishing inside in a worm bin is a bit different. There are two types of bedding materials which I have used successfully, each requiring holes in both top and bottom of the worm bin for oxygen to penetrate.

The first way is to use partially decomposed hardwood shavings and sawdust. Keep away from softer woods, pines which can contain turpentine, oak which can be acidic or woods that put off an odor such as cedar. Mix about 5% sphagnum peat moss with the material. The bedding material should have a depth should be about one foot. Add about one half cup of sand per five gallons of bedding material. The advantage with this type of bedding is once again you can add vegetable scraps similar to the outside compost pile, taking precautions as before, not to over heat your worm bin with the adding of food scraps.

The other bedding material which is actually easier to obtain as well as comes ready to use is Michigan Black peat Moss. Do not use Sphagnum Peat Moss as it is not as decomposed as the black peat hence retains moisture differently and will cause you to lose your worms.

Here you will want to fill your worm bin with about one foot of Michigan black peat. You will not want to prep any vegetable scraps for this type of bedding which I will get into in a moment. Being black peat moss comes already damp at the correct consistancy, there is no need to soak it, rather simply place in your worm bin straight out of the bag. You will find the bedding material becomes compacted within a week or two, something that you would be concerned about with most worms but nothing to be concerned about when raising Alabama Jumpers. Remember these worms do well in hard packed clay and seem to appreciate the hard packed bedding material.

As for feed, vegetable scraps will sour this mix too easily. Purina Worm Chow makes an excellent primary food source for your worms when raised in the black peat moss as well as a food supplement when raising in a wood sawdust or exterior compost pile.

Non-woven Fabric Under the right conditions, do not be surprised to see little worms hatching within two weeks or so. Alabama Jumpers also grow rapidly and can grow from an 1/8 of an inch up to two inches long within a matter of a month or so.

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