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Post  shannon1 on 2/17/2012, 4:15 am

I pulled up my collards, mustard, and kale to plant the spring crops and there in the roots to my delight were red wriglers!!!!
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Post  llama momma on 2/17/2012, 4:18 am

Congratulations on your new friends happy2
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Post  shannon1 on 2/17/2012, 4:31 am

Thanks.
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Post  elliephant on 2/17/2012, 3:13 pm

Yay! I have never seen a worm in my area. Sad

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Post  1airdoc on 2/17/2012, 3:24 pm

Built my first SFG last year, so I was delighted to find the worms in the MM when I was turning it in anticipation of spring planting.
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Post  plantoid on 2/17/2012, 7:57 pm

I cleared a bed of failed carrots & beetroot that were planted too late , the beets were like marbles but a nice serendipity came for the carrot area by way of nearly two pounds of rock hard carrots about as long & fat as my little finger .

They scrubbed up well and were eaten tonight and last night .. still rather hard even after being steamed for longer than shopbrought carrots but far sweeter and a much more carrot'y taste.
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Post  shannon1 on 2/18/2012, 12:36 am

As my bed is a table top they must have been some eggs in the worm compost i use as a part of the MM.
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Post  AvaDGardner on 2/18/2012, 2:14 am

@shannon1 wrote:As my bed is a table top they must have been some eggs in the worm compost i use as a part of the MM.

Yes that would be a given.

I bought a pound of red wigglers this morning. Introduced 1/4 of them to my vermipost bin (I'm not sure the mix is a good one for them). The rest are waiting to be distributed. If all goes well, to the vermi they go. If not, I'll toss them in my bag of NRich, where they can join their cousins.

I must say these new ones are nouveau riche...I've never seen them so fat! I had to take a hard look at them to make sure they were wrigglers!
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Post  shannon1 on 2/18/2012, 2:23 am

I wonder what they are eating in my box. They were all up in the roots of the plants, no damage to the roots as the crop was very happy, and doing well. Considering putting some blended kitchen scraps and crushed egg shells into one of the as yet unplanted squares for the wee darlings.
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Post  AvaDGardner on 2/18/2012, 2:31 am

They eat the fungus and bacteria on decaying food. So blend something up, put it somewhere warm to speed decay, and then add it.

They like soft stuff. I can't figure out why they like broken shells.

Of course, adding that kind of pre-digested compost to your garden will attract flies, insects, bacteria and other critters you may not want!

They hate light, so they always wiggle dig. And they like it moist.

Wonderful aeration!
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Post  shannon1 on 2/18/2012, 3:02 am

I was looking into worm composting and read they like to use the crushed eggshells as an egg laying platform.
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Post  walshevak on 2/18/2012, 8:10 am

The really finely crushed eggshells (as in blender) are useful as grit. Earthworms have no teeth and need grit to digest their food. At least that is what the wormlady in Chesapeke, Va told me.

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Post  llama momma on 2/18/2012, 8:11 am

Do your boxes get some shade? How many hours of hot summer sun do you have? I just wrote in a different thread that worms would probably cook in tabletops with my lousy summer heat and decided not to make any.
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Post  walshevak on 2/18/2012, 8:15 am

My wormies are indoor dwellers. Just started my worm bin 3 weeks ago. I was worried that any worms in my tabletops would drops through the drainage holes.

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Post  llama momma on 2/18/2012, 8:17 am

Which makes me think I could get into serious indoor worming and just transfer their productive goodies to a future tabletop...hmm
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Post  walshevak on 2/18/2012, 9:25 am

@llama momma wrote:Which makes me think I could get into serious indoor worming and just transfer their productive goodies to a future tabletop...hmm



Are you channeling my thoughts???Shocked Very Happy

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Post  llama momma on 2/18/2012, 10:02 am

Great minds do think alike.... Smile
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Post  shannon1 on 2/19/2012, 11:29 pm

my TT is in full sun I guess we will see if the little guys make it or not
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