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Composting worms??

Posted by jennypat Zone 3b NW MN (My Page) on
Sat, May 10, 14 at 15:00

I have a large tub of compost in my basement, lovingly created by my huge collection of red wiggler? composting worms. I want to use the compost, but what happens if the worms get in the garden? Do they survive and multiply? OR do they just become more compost?

Thanks


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RE: Composting worms??

why not screen the compost and save the worms to keep doing the job in the tub????

your compost is going to be very expensive.. if you have to keep rebuying the worms ...

ken


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See the interesting article from the University of Minnesota at the link below. It sounds like screening them out is a good idea.

Here is a link that might be useful: earthworms


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OH I NOT worried about running out of worms, there is a HUGE tub of them in the basement. I have a tub that is about 4'long, 2'wide and 18" high, over half full of compost and worms. I never used it last year, and my DH keeps feeding them!

The reason I didn't use them, was because I could never figure out how to get the worms OUT of the compost. I know there are number of ways. But I travel a LOT for work, and there just never seemed to be a good time to do it.

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Great article Woodyoak, I had read that before, but it was a while back and I could not remember the specifics. Now I need to figure out HOW I am going to get the worms out of my compost.


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Check the Vermicomposting forum (link below). The worms don't go into the garden, they won't survive, and you won't be able to make more worm compost. You have to harvest the compost, then you can make worm tea - lots of recipes and suggestions on the Vermicomposting forum. You pour this on your plants and stand back. I use a homemade screen to separate the worms from compost, but there are different ways to do it.

Cheryl

Here is a link that might be useful: vermicomposting forum


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see link ... flip to WEB side for words ....

4th link ....John W’s Rotating Screen Harvester is quite a gizmo....

good luck

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link


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