Looking for some worms to get me started

perennialfan273(zone 5)January 26, 2010

Hello

I made a HUGE mistake with my last worm bin, and I accidentally overfed them before I had a large enough population. Needless to say, my worms got fried this fall and I've had a bucket full of decaying organic matter sitting there ever since!

Anyways, If anybody has some extra worms that they can spare I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm located in Illinois, so if anyone lives near the Chicago area that would help reduce shipping costs. I don't really care what kind of worms they are, but I started off with red worms and I'd like to try that again if possible.

Finally, I was wondering if I can keep the organic matter (it's been decaying in the bucket for a couple months now) or should I just start over??

If you can help me send me an e-mail at someguy00273952@yahoo.com

Thanks

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marauder01

I'd love to help, but I'm in Aust.

As for the bucket of organic matter, if it was actually your worm bin, then maybe, just maybe, some cocoons may have hatched in there?

If this was the case, then have a careful sort through. You might get lucky.

Cheers

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 12:03AM
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sbryce_gw

What does the stuff in the bucket look like? If it is dark and crumbly, and smells like rich soil, I'd use it. If it still looks like an overfed bin and smells like sewerage or ammonia, I wouldn't.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 1:58AM
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perennialfan273(zone 5)

Okay, I have to clarify something. When I said "bucket", I meant the worm bin. Also, the stuff smells TERRIBLE! I can't wait to retry this project the RIGHT way. If anyone can help me please let me know.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 12:26PM
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sbryce_gw

If it smells terrible, toss it out and start over. It is probably full of volatile organic compounds, which are toxic to worms.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2010 at 5:07PM
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october17(5chgo)

They have vericomposting at the new Pacific Garden Missions facility in Chicago. They might sell you some worms. They do sell a bin with worms so maybe they'll sell you the worms. I was there last week and bought some compost.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 5:53PM
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leearnold(z5 In.)

Go to www.vermicomposters.com and check your area. I'm on there and probably not to far for you.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 7:43PM
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greyowl77

It sounds to me that you have suffocated them rather than overfeeding. I would skreen the soil to find a few that may be alive and start again with more air holes for ventilation.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 9:09AM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

I am also in the Chicago area...where did you end up getting worms?

Karen

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 3:27PM
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karendee(5WestOFChicago)

thanks steamyb

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 8:58AM
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