Compost tube / earthworm info

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compost tube

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earthworms

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Pieces of brown wrapping paperBecause we’ve had cold temperatures, I postponed ordering earthworms from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. On March 6th, I cut up a lot of brown wrapping paper and deposited it in the bottom of my Garden Tower compost tube before adding a lot of veggie scraps. Can’t recall where… but I read about cardboard and plain wrapping paper in compost piles. (Do not use newspapers or magazines because of ink and dye.) Lorraine's composterPrior to March 6th, my veggie scraps went into my dual-chamber composter.

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WelcomeTwo-hundred-fifty earthworms arrived on March 9th, and quickly (gently) dumped into the Garden Tower compost tube. Go to work little guys; welcome to my garden!!

Worms arrivedWorms into tube

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Subsequent to my purchase, recently posted by Thomas Tiusty on Garden Training Project Facebook page:

5. Add earthworms to the soil column, if you have not done so already. Red wigglers live primarily in the compost column, only venturing out periodically. earthworms are vertical dwellers and live in the soil column. They will help aerate the soil, eat up the leftover root bits. Earthworms will also help spread nutrients, enzymes and beneficial bacteria that help plants thrive.

I wonder if I bought the wrong worms?!

Another resource: Quick facts about worm composting.

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Amounts to feed:

“Feed an amount of food equal to the weight of the worms ONCE A WEEK. Add new bedding (detailed below) underneath each feeding.

“On the internet there are some wild claims about how much worms will eat. Some say they eat their weight every day, but this is in perfect climate controlled conditions, and includes the bedding they eat as well. Within reason you can’t add too much “bedding”, and too much won’t hurt them as such, but adding too much food WILL kill them. If in doubt, just put more “bedding” type stuff in occasionally, like leaves, old grass, torn up newspaper and cardboard etc. Worms actually feed on the bacteria and very small particles decomposing in the compost.”

Above quote a minute fraction of the information available. Click this link for everything you might want to know about worms.

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One thought on “Compost tube / earthworm info

  1. Hi
    Im the author of the material re amounts to feed – I don’t mind you linking to my material, but would you mind making it more obvious its my material, perhaps acknowledging that and giving a written link to my website 🙂
    Many thanks.
    The worms you got from UJ may be infested with blue worms (if you read the small print disclaimer he has somewhere it admits this)
    AFAIK “normal” compost worms are all you need in a GT – but you may also want to collect some soil worms like Alabama jumpers (amynthas sp.), or Canadian nc’s (Lumbricus sp.) to aid in soil aeration.
    Just ask me if you need help with anything wormy 🙂

    Brian Donaldson
    http://www.TheWormMan.com.au

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