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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/25/2012, 11:32 pm

can there be too many worms Shocked in our garden?

little bit back ground info Laughing

we have about a 23/19 area that use to have a large old apple tree growing. in this area along with the tree the area was used for composting for at least 25 + years....composting of old tree limbs, grass and garden cutting etc.....

so last year we planted a three sisters in ground garden and it did wonderful sunny

this year hubby has built several raised beds with open bottoms and fenced the area in....it looks so good....cant wait to show pics!.....he even put in grapes along the fence tongue

any way...to my question.....there are soooo many worms in this soil i cant even put a number on them....all i know is if we even scoop up a hand full of soil to plant something...... there is at least 10 worms that we can see in that hole or in our hands cyclops

im thinking this is great!!...our soil is alive and active :drunken:

do you think they will be fine in there as long as we add compost every fall to feed them?....or should i set up some worm feeders?

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Re: too many worms in the garden

Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/25/2012, 11:38 pm

@FamilyGardening wrote:
do you think they will be fine in there as long as we add compost every fall to feed them?....or should i set up some worm feeders?

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rose.....

Actually you should remove about half of the worms and send them my way.

Seriously though, it's awesome that you have that many worms. I wish I had 1/10th of the worms you do.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/25/2012, 11:47 pm

which ones do you want?....there is a large mix of them Laughing

i want to know how to keep them in the garden bounce

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rose.... who is worried that now she has disturbed her worms home by digging up their compost home soil and putting them into her raised beds....her worms are going to head for the border......right under the fence to her neighbors yard who doesnt even mow What a Face
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Re: too many worms in the garden

Post  GWN on 3/26/2012, 12:01 am

I will take the other half of them. Smile
My previous garden in Eugene Oregon , was totally loaded with worms, TONS of them, and it was a very fertile garden.
So I guess when it comes to worms, the more the merrier.

When fall comes, if you leave the roots of your spent plants, in the ground, the worms will come and "deal" with that for you.
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Post  Too Tall Tomatoes on 3/26/2012, 12:11 am

Once I get my boxes built and the MM added, I am going to add alot of worms to them. I have a source of redworms that I found on craigslist. 3 lbs for 50 bucks seems like a decent price to me.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/26/2012, 12:15 am

GWN.....about the spent plants....i was just watching a u tube video last night on perma-culture (sp?) and that is what they suggest too.....today when we were out cleaning up for spring....i had left some plants in to die off in our SFG garden area and to my surprise when i went to pull them up....they crumbled in my hands and there were no roots left.....they were last years cucumber plants....so im for sure going to leave in as many spent plants i have room for and let them go until next spring cleaning Wink

we also are leaving any small peices of wood that we find in the soil....just burry it down a bit lower.....we even found some egg shells that became powder when i crushed them in my hands.....they were from our last years compost....

its been fun working with this compost that has been going for over 25 years......when we first bought our home 17 years ago....i thought that pile of stuff was such an eye sore.....what i didnt relise until i started gardening...under that eye sore was hidden treasure :drunken:

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Re: too many worms in the garden

Post  CharlesB on 3/26/2012, 5:33 am

@FamilyGardening wrote:
i want to know how to keep them in the garden bounce

I put a dusting of ground corn on top of the soil to tell them they should stick around for the good eats.

I do this about once a month.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/26/2012, 5:57 am

charles do you mean something like corn flour/corn meal?

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Post  CharlesB on 3/26/2012, 7:36 am

I buy a huge bag of dry corn from the feed store. It was like 40 lbs for 10 bucks on sale. Then I use a Corona hand crank corn meal grinder. That's a lifetime supply of worm food. Well at least in the quantity I use.
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Post  walshevak on 3/26/2012, 8:40 am

Corn products can develop a odd taste if kept too long. So is old corn meal and grits that have "off" taste ok to feed the worms? I needed some worm food when mine first arrived, I mixed some grits and coffee ground, let the mix sit in water until the grits were soaked and put in the worm bin. Had a whole herd in the mess.

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Post  llama momma on 3/26/2012, 10:31 am

Corn meal is known to give worms a quick blast of nutritious energy and they seem to love it. I don't know about grits you may have to search online if no one else answers you.
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Post  CharlesB on 3/26/2012, 11:21 am

I am no expert in worm food. This is my current experiment and no issues so far.

I went with the corn meal in the garden method because I screwed up my worm box too many times. Mad
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Post  llama momma on 3/26/2012, 11:27 am

Oh no sorry to hear the worm box troubles, CharlesB. My bin is almost a month old, so far so good but who knows. I worry I poke around in it too much but I'm trying to see if things look normal. As a newbie its hard to know what normal is or what I'm looking for! I see casts and food is disappearing. Only time will tell.
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