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Post  newstart on 1/17/2012, 2:41 pm

I have some worm questions,

I have an area that I used thi spast spring and summer. I had tomatoes, okra and bitter melon there. I have taken out all the plants and have been putting compost materials there and covering with dirt. Well I saw yesterday these little piles of dit like pebble stuff all over the place. Is this from worms



Also I dug around a litlle bit and found lots an dlots of worms they seem very happy in there. But now my question is there seemed to be different kinds or maybe different stages of worms. Any help would be great I think I have earthworms and maybe pot worms. Also could it be something bad? some bug that will come back and eat my plants lol

also I do not know if I am crazy but looking ant this I could hear almost like a popping noise coming from the dirt . could this be the worms do they even make noise lol

well here are some pictures and please let me know what you think








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Re: Worm questions

Post  camprn on 1/17/2012, 2:58 pm

HOORAY YOU HAVE WORMIES! and you know what? they make lots of baby wormies if you keep feeding them organic matter. They also make those little piles of dirt you were seeing; worm castings are going to make that a nice garden! Congratulations! Very Happy

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Post  LittleGardener on 1/17/2012, 4:49 pm

Thanks for starting this Topic, as I was too shy Embarassed
I too have questions now, only because a friend of mine from L.A. said: "Garlic and onions contain chemicals that irritate and repulse earthworms. Coffee grounds make the ground very acidic, so that earthworms do not thrive there.
Info re care of earthworms gained at Los Angeles Sanitation Dept. where they have monthly seminars at their composting sites. There is a list on their site of folks who grow earthworms for sale."
okay
she said that after I shared how excited I am about several projects, including the fact that we've always made homemade compost.

So what is the consensus on this part in blue? - Please share. Thanks!

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 1/17/2012, 4:58 pm

Earth worms love coffee grounds. My worm bin is thriving and coffee grounds are regular additions.



An occasional egg shell balances it out the little acidity. Coffee ground actually are pretty close to neutral PH, coming in around 6.8 or 6.9.

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Post  LittleGardener on 1/17/2012, 5:34 pm

@No_Such_Reality wrote:Earth worms love coffee grounds. My worm bin is thriving and coffee grounds are regular additions.

An occasional egg shell balances it out the little acidity. Coffee ground actually are pretty close to neutral PH, coming in around 6.8 or 6.9.
Thanks! for sharing this. - Tho noone in our family drinks coffee, I had previously heard that Coffee grounds are actually beneficial in a garden.
Also, we use eggshells liberally.
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hopefully that friend has her mind open Wink Much of my successful approaches, she tries to poopoo. To heck with that. Here's to our success! Smile

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Post  camprn on 1/17/2012, 6:13 pm

@LittleGardener wrote:Thanks for starting this Topic, as I was too shy Embarassed
I too have questions now, only because a friend of mine from L.A. said: "Garlic and onions contain chemicals that irritate and repulse earthworms. Coffee grounds make the ground very acidic, so that earthworms do not thrive there.
Piffle! I say what a bunch'o'hogwash. Rolling Eyes

On coffee grounds:
A Master Gardener writes about used coffee grounds

About earthworms being harmed by onions and garlic skins, I found numerous writings that they just don't care for them as well as citrus peel. If there is plenty of other organic matter in the compost pile they are much happier with that stuff and the onion, garlic and citrus skins will break down eventually on their own.

Now, that being said, if anyone finds any research that shows harm, please post. I would love to read it. I love you

What Worms Eat <~~~ click

Just for fun! Very Happy
http://www.askorganic.co.uk/composting/Worming%20out%20Facts.pdf


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Post  Red-Leg on 1/17/2012, 6:20 pm

I just attended a vermicomposting workshop this afternoon and was told that citrus and onion should be used sparingly, as they significantly impact the Ph/Nitrogen balance in the compost. They also don't eat them as readily as other ingredients. (This was in evidence in the worm bin we were working with.)

The crushed eggshell is primarily to give the little guys some abrasives in their gizzards to help them digest. I was told if you put a half an eggshell, you will find a nice little cluster of worms eating the mucus lining but they wouldn't be able to process the shell very readily.

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Post  walshevak on 1/18/2012, 9:09 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUYOzZqQcpk&feature=player_embedded#!

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Post  Unmutual on 1/19/2012, 8:01 am

@camprn wrote:
A Master Gardener writes about used coffee grounds

About earthworms being harmed by onions and garlic skins, I found numerous writings that they just don't care for them as well as citrus peel. If there is plenty of other organic matter in the compost pile they are much happier with that stuff and the onion, garlic and citrus skins will break down eventually on their own.

Now, that being said, if anyone finds any research that shows harm, please post. I would love to read it. I love you

I'll second that(or third as the case may be).

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Post  quiltbea on 1/19/2012, 1:16 pm

Coffee grounds.....I use them all the time. My red worms love them. As for wild worms, a friend's mom, an avid fisherwoman, kept a 3 foot space alongside her house specially to propagate worms for fishing. She added the coffee grounds to the area daily and she always had lots of worms to gather for her fishing expeditions. To me this is proof worms love coffee grounds.

Eggshells.....The crushed eggshells make safe homes for the newly-laid eggs of worms, keeping them safe from harm. Like a cradle for a human baby. They also add needed minerals to your compost.

I have a worm farm and the resultant rich compost for the garden is invaluable.


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Post  walshevak on 1/20/2012, 5:40 pm

I am now officially a worm composter. I built my rubbermaid bin and added shredded paper, cardboard and some peat this morning, getting it nice and damp and some frost damaged chard. Since I am impatient, I just couldn't wait to get an order of worms online so I went down to the local bait and tackle shop. Man, I think I'll go for more than just compost. $3 for 12 red wigglers. I wanted my wormery to officially get started so I bought 1 container. The rest will have to wait. Oh, and I picked up about 3 lbs of Starbucks grounds. Added an encrusted filter to the worm bin.

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Post  newstart on 1/20/2012, 6:05 pm

sounds great. Im sure the worms are going to be very happy in there and not a fishes tummy

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Post  quiltbea on 1/21/2012, 1:38 pm

Wow, that's expensive ($.25 per worm). If you buy them online you can get a half pound (about 500 worms) for about $30.00 which is only six cents a worm.

But at least you're happy and have made a start. They will multiply for you.

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Post  walshevak on 1/21/2012, 4:15 pm

Ordered 2 lbs for $39.95 and free shipping. Like I said impatient and needed to seed some wormeys in my bin.


I sure hope the fishermen who buy these worms catch something for their quarter.


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Post  Wolfbane on 2/4/2012, 12:51 pm

Thanks! for sharing this. - Tho noone in our family drinks coffee, I had previously heard that Coffee grounds are actually beneficial in a garden.

If you want some coffee grounds, you can get some at Starbucks for free. One of the Starbucks near me has them packaged, sitting in a can in the lobby for the taking. Don't know if they all do that or not.

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Post  minervalong on 2/4/2012, 5:40 pm

hey walshevak,

if you will look at the thread "the squirmies are here" you will see an ebay item number. I just got mine from this guy this week. A one pound brick of vermipost and worms, 14.50 free shipping. as of last week he had a few of these ready to go. it arrived in good shape and every break of the brick showed me worms from adults to babies and they have settled in nicely to their flow through.

i'm hoping they are very happy and multiply rapidly. lol this weeks fascination.

good luck.

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Post  walshevak on 2/4/2012, 6:33 pm

I saw the post and was interested, but I'm leaving tues for 2 1/2 weeks at my son's house.

Thanks for thinking about me. I do have a question though. How much wet food can I leave in the bin without harming the worms.

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Post  minervalong on 2/4/2012, 9:47 pm

From what i understand, if you have proper drainage, any extraneous liquid will just drip into your overflow. Don't let the bottom of the bin proper get mucky. if you have enough bedding you can leave them for a while, unlike my jack russell who insists she should be fed every single day lol.

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Post  curio on 2/27/2012, 10:01 am

Do you have your bin set up to collect the "tea"? If so, what did you do to prevent the worms from migrating through the drain holes into the tea catch? What sort of holes or openings did you use for this?
I'm getting ready to purchase the equipment to start my worm bins and want to do this successfully. In reading through the Worm Hilton thread, it appeared there were some issues with the original design, and I saw no post relaying a solution for the worms getting into the tea catch bin.
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Post  llama momma on 2/27/2012, 10:51 am

Re: worms sensitivity to onions and citrus:
I was reading from a bunch of sources today and one said if something is strong enough to irritate the tender tissue of your eyes like onions and citrus fruits, then assume it will also irritate tender worm skin too.

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