Do you have red wigglers outside?

zzackey(8b GA)September 6, 2012

We have had red wigglers inside in plastic storage boxes for 3 years. We have went fishing one time with them. We must have several hundred if not a thousand of them in a big storage box. Even if I bury the food we have alot and I mean ALOT of fruit flies in the house. I'm sooooo sick of fruit flies I could SCREAM!!!!! Do you have your red wigglers outside? If so, where and how? My horticultural agent at the agricultural center said I shouldn't let them outside. They are not native and they compete with the native worms. I haven't seen a worm in our garden since we moved here 7 years ago. I'm at the point I don't give a hoot! I'm so tired of fruit flies everywhere!

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I am not a scientist, but I believe big agri-bussiness does not want worms around because.... they can NOT make money off them! If worm castings were widely used the there would be little need to purchase fertilizers and many other farm chemicals. My opinion.

I have 3 outdoor worm beds. They are easy to operate.

My original bin is 5'x3'x18",is made of re-recycled
4"x6" redwood posts, has a plywood top and NO bottom. Line the bottom to keep out moles and gophers.Your worms will not leave unless you don't feed them.No problems with over-feeding or too much moisture.

My other 2 beds are large windrow type systems for horse manure.

Unless you have very hot or very cold climate, outside wormin is easy..

Hope this helps and good luck

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 10:59PM
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I say i dumped maybe 25 worms in my in ground garden about 6 months ago. We had an uncommon summer rain here last week. I say about 100 worms were on the surface after the rain. No more fruit flies in my house.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 9:30PM
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buckstarchaser(5 MI)

I have my bin outside and it works great. I really can't comment on the invasive species dilemma besides if you have been putting your worm compost in your garden without deliberately sterilizing it first, you have already been introducing them.

Outdoor bins are very low maintenance, but most of the reason for that is that they have to be very large in order to always have some locations inside them where the worms will find the right temperature and moisture. Since you are in GA, you won't have so much trouble with frost but you still want to keep the sun off of it and have enough thickness that it can't dry all the way out if you go on vacation.

3'x5' is a good dimension, and I would try to make the bin 3' tall with the goal of keeping at least 2' of material in it.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2012 at 10:16AM
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