Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Today at 10:40 pm

» Do I need to pollinate my zucchinis?
by Robbomb116 Today at 9:34 pm

» N & C Midwest; July 2017 !
by CitizenKate Today at 9:11 pm

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 9:10 pm

» New England July 2017
by quiltbea Today at 8:10 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 7:38 pm

» HELP! Sweet Potato Plant!
by sanderson Today at 7:28 pm

» Tornado Cake
by sanderson Today at 7:18 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JULY 2017?
by sanderson Today at 7:06 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 5:56 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by bigdogrock Today at 5:03 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Today at 2:26 pm

» Green Caterpillars
by sanderson Today at 2:22 pm

» What I've learned this year
by sanderson Today at 2:03 pm

» Some of our Gluten-free Cajun Recipes
by sanderson Today at 1:50 pm

» Healthy Meals
by sanderson Today at 1:48 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by sanderson Today at 1:43 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 1:23 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Today at 12:03 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 11:51 am

» What do you know about making sauerkraut?
by sanderson Today at 1:16 am

» Square footage
by RoOsTeR Today at 12:24 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by hammock gal Yesterday at 8:15 pm

» Just Completed my Garden.....What Should I Plant NOW!
by stealthmayhem Yesterday at 8:05 pm

» Your favorite watermelon and pumpkin
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:59 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:50 pm

» What Are These Little Guys?
by Fiz Yesterday at 7:42 pm

» who has chickens
by llama momma Yesterday at 6:50 pm

» Can I use a fabric pot for SFG?
by Fiz 7/20/2017, 11:48 pm

» PVC Watering Grid.
by CitizenKate 7/20/2017, 9:02 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Should I add worms to my SFG?

Page 2 of 2 Previous  1, 2

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  jimmy cee on 10/29/2013, 7:44 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:Are they multiplying in your window boxes?  I have been wondering what's the minimum to get them breeding.
Worms are hermaphrodites (see below)


   An earthworm can grow only so long. A well-fed adult will depend on what kind of worm it is, how many segments it has, how old it is and how well fed it is. An Lumbricus terrestris will be from 90-300 millimeters long.

   A worm has no arms, legs or eyes.

   There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms.

   Worms live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favorable temperature. If they don’t have these things, they go somewhere else.

   In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms.

   The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.

   Worms tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.

   Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms more than 100 years ago.

   Worms are cold-blooded animals.

   Earthworms have the ability to replace or replicate lost segments. This ability varies greatly depending on the species of worm you have, the amount of damage to the worm and where it is cut. It may be easy for a worm to replace a lost tail, but may be very difficult or impossible to replace a lost head if things are not just right.

   Baby worms are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.

   The Australian Gippsland Earthworm grows to 12 feet long and can weigh 1-1/2 pounds.

   Even though worms don’t have eyes, they can sense light, especially at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long (approximately one hour).

   If a worm’s skin dries out, it will die.

   Worms are hermaphrodites. Each worm has both male and female organs. Worms mate by joining their clitella (swollen area near the head of a mature worm) and exchanging sperm. Then each worm forms an egg capsule in its clitellum.
   Worms can eat their weight each day.

I once collected nightcrawlers for fishing, if you'd like to see something interesting, take a flashlight, cover the bulb area some how with a red transparent material, red cellophane, etc.
After or during a warm summer rain (at night)  prowl the grassy area with the red light focused on the grass..
Tis an amazing world
avatar
jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 1912
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 81
Location : Indiana PA....zone 5

View user profile http://www.jcjigs.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  llama momma on 10/29/2013, 8:30 am

Jimmy that was the first time I have seen a time frame with regards to light and worm death.  Interesting!
avatar
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4822
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  jimmy cee on 10/29/2013, 9:51 am

Another interesting fact
Worms (nightcrawlers) are very very sensitive to vibration, they will detect you walking and shrink back into their hole.
Their withdrawal into a hole is about as fast as a rattlesnake's strike.
A little bit of their tail will remain in the hole, when danger is detected, whammoo they are gone in a flash of light.
avatar
jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 1912
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 81
Location : Indiana PA....zone 5

View user profile http://www.jcjigs.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  plantoid on 10/30/2013, 9:48 am

Once you have grown your first crop and harvested it the hair roots will be rotting in the bed .

 Like my compost bins the brandling compost worms appeared of their own violation there were and still are loads in my 20 x 36 inch  high raised beds .

 I don't get any worm damage to my veg roots or above ground stuff so I can only deduce that there is plenty of decaying food for them . I love having  their castings in the beds as it saves me money & enhances the crops.

 What I have noticed is that in the lower levels of the 36 inch deep beds , I have started to find plenty of lob worms around 8 to 10 inches long  they came from somewhere and it wasn't from me .
 That's also good news for it tells me that my beds are working well
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3699
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  jimmy cee on 10/30/2013, 6:00 pm

I've been working this past week on 1 of my compost piles.
Screening and cleaning it up so I can use it.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I got to the bottom, never have I seen so many worms in one area, piles of them, all seemingly happy.
Probably came from fresh cow manure I added in the spring, tossed a few clumps in the other pile.
Man do I love composting..
avatar
jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 1912
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 81
Location : Indiana PA....zone 5

View user profile http://www.jcjigs.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  plantoid on 10/30/2013, 7:39 pm

Those  worms will have migrated from elsewhere in your property , they can scent or taste gasses and fluids from decomposing vegetable matter  .

I doubt that there are many areas of the world that can support plant life that do not have some form of worm that takes care of primary decomposition of plant matter
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3699
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Should I add worms to my SFG?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 2 of 2 Previous  1, 2

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum