Why I Keep Worms

SusieQsie_FlaOctober 11, 2013

This is what they created for me

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SusieQsie_Fla

And here's a few of my little hard-workers

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 5:26PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

That looks great. We found plans a few years ago to build vermicompost bins beneath a few of our rabbit hutches. We get lot of good compost that way.
SJN

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 11:12AM
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keiki(10 FL)

Ya have to love worms. They are super easy to keep happy and as your pictures show the bennies are great!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 10:10PM
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SusieQsie_Fla

Hey Robin!
I'm really new at this and I'm wondering how best to use my compost.

Right now I am experimenting with seed-starting and rooting in 100% vermicompost. Have you ever done that?

And I'm adding it to my amaryllis seedlings to see if they'll grow faster.

How lucky, SJN, to be able to have rabbit hutches for composting!

Susie

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 9:57PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F

I can't say from experience, but I would suggest at least cutting the vermicompost with something else for seed starting. Too much nitrogen can burn out seedlings. What I usually do is put a mix of compost (not vermicompost) and sand in the bottom of a starting pot and a layer about an inch thick of peat or sphagnum on top. This way the seed starts in a some what neutral territory and finds the higher nutrients as it grows.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 6:37AM
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SusieQsie_Fla

Thanks! Great idea.

I have a nice tomato plant that started in the worm bin and is lush and thick-stemmed. I figured the vermicompost is the reason it bloomed and made a cute li'l tomato so quickly.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 9:44PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
I started a compost bin last Jan mainly ,as a place to put the endless supply of trimmings . Was thinking of adding earthworms but find it's crawling with them anywaylol
Surprises me as I put down weedblock as a base and it's above ground . So far have NOT created a seed bed except for alocasias. they are sprouting all over as well as sunflowers but those are planted by the blue jays Another surprise is that it's NOt an ant haven at least so far lol gary

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 4:33AM
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keiki(10 FL)

Hi Susie! No I never used my compost like that. It is such a great product that can stretch such a long way. I do like to put some on my veggies when I plant them out and feel like it gives them a great start.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 8:27PM
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