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Where are the worms?

03 May 2009
13°C / 56°F

While harvesting salad greens tonight, I noticed again that my Northeast bed has many more worms than my Southwest bed. Everytime I dig in the Northeast bed I disturb worms — I don’t even have to dig very deeply. But in the Southwest bed, I rarely see worms. The beds have been filled with and amended with the exact same constituents, although not in exactly identical amounts.

I can’t figure out why this might be — the best I can come up with is that the Northeast bed was covered all winter and never froze all the way through, so the worms stayed cozy in the bed all winter.

What can I do to increase the worm population in the Southwest bed? I trench compost, which is supposed to be very good for attracting worms. Other ideas? I’m actually thinking of transporting them from one bed to the other as I find them.


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cristyn

cristyn

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United States5b

One option is stealing a few from your bin, if it’s up to capacity. I used to be in the habit of physically moving worms around when I came across them to places that I thought needed more worms. It must have worked, because I don’t think I actually have any places that are low on worms anymore.

Posted on 04 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
ceae

ceae

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Canada6a

Moving some worms in sounds like a good idea to me.

I did some planting last Friday, and I couldn’t believe how many baby worms I found. It could be that there are always lots of babies and I just didn’t pay enough attention to notice, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. I think there are more worms and baby worms because of the trench composting.

Posted on 04 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

I don’t want to take them out of my bin, because I’ve read that the bin worms (Eisenia fetida) can’t survive the winter — and I don’t want them to compete with the earthworms that can. I guess I’ll just transport them from one bed to the other and keep trench composting.

Posted on 04 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
urbandogsgarden

urbandogsgarden

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United States5b

I move worms around, too. In the alley fence area it has taken 3 years of amending and composting to see any worms. Yesterday I finally saw worms when I was transplanting back there.

Posted on 04 May 09 (about 10 years ago)
Katxena

Katxena

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United States7

Ok, a road trip for the worms it is then! I’ll start moving them from one bed to the other — and this winter, they are BOTH going to get row covers.

Posted on 05 May 09 (about 10 years ago)

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