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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 1:54 pm    Post subject: Wormery worm stock depleted Reply with quote

Hi, I don't even want to admit how it happened, but due to unfortunate events, the number of worms in my wormery has been severely depleted. I would say that there is less than 50 left.

I really don't want to have to go to the expense of buying new tiger worms and was wondering if anyone can tell me if it will be a very long time before they increase their numbers again?

If I were to take it easy and not load too much into the wormery, would it be possible for them to breed and proliferate once more?

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could take them at least the rest of the season to return to what it was, if it's a good season. If you've only about 50 left, you really would be better buying in a half Kg.
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I don't suppose you could tell me where has a decent price on tiger worms?
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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my initial 1/2 Kg from eBay about 4 yrs ago. I think I paid around £7.50 sterling plus P&P.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lia wrote:
Thanks, I don't suppose you could tell me where has a decent price on tiger worms?


Greenpatch
http://www.greenpatch.ie/shop.htm

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http://www.sustainable.ie/directory/subcategory.php?id=28
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:11 am    Post subject: Poor worms Reply with quote

Well, I bought another batch of worms a couple of weeks ago, but they've completely disappeared!!!
My own amateur theory is that the flies had built up so much in the meantime that the worms couldn't establish - any thoughts?

Unfortunately I've had to empty out the whole thing and wash it out.
At the moment I'm so disheartened by it that I'm going to wait a little while before starting off the project again. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking after your worms
"Worms Dying.
If your worms are dying there could be several causes. It may be that they are not getting enough food, which means you should bury food into the bedding. They may be too dry, in which case you should moisten the box until it is slightly damp. They may be too wet, in which case you should add bedding. The worms may be too hot, in which case you should put the bin in the shade. Or, it could be the case that the bedding is eaten, and it is time to add fresh bedding."
http://www.vermisell.co.uk/shop/23/15/index.htm

for when you start again
Making compost using a wormery is fun, especially if you like worms!
http://www.envocare.co.uk/wormeries.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




If you are looking for wormery stock you should be able to pick some up here..... Wormery stock

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Free worms! Reply with quote

This is a great time of year to harvest worms from your compost heap if you want them for a wormery.
Your compost heap is probably fairly cold, but if it's not frozen solid, the worms are hanging in there waiting for spring.
If you put something warm in, you'll attract them. Try filling a large plastic bottle with warm to hot water and bury it in the middle of your compost heap. The heat will spread out from it and the worms will be attracted to that spot. Next day, dig, gather and repeat!!
You may not gather huge numbers that way, but if you have an indoor wormery they'll start breeding and increase your stock.

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