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 Post subject: Earthworms
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:20 am 
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Hi guys
I am keeping earthworms in large size flower pots at my place. It helps during winters as it is difficult to find the worms in that season. I keep the pots at a warm place but still they dont survive well. :cry: Any views how to keep them alive and multiplying during winters??? Is there a need of some special feed??? Please give your views if anyone has the experience.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:40 am 
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Sualhe Sb,

U weill need a big flower pot and preferably the ones that are similar to our local kayaeri ( I hope i spelt it rite) :lol:

U need to keep the soil fresh and moist and keep the bottom holes plugged..... :wink:

U need to add leaves, dry grass and other similar stuff to keep the food source going. The most imporatant thing is to avoid over watering... and in winters keep the soil covered with a cloth. Becasue the nursey where i use to get my worm supply from :oops: use to churn out quality speciemens year round because of the good water supply and cover provided by the trees cutting out the harsh winter dew and frost.. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:07 am 
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I house mine in a brick enclosure 9 Ft X 3Ft X 20 Inches.Base is also of bricks grouted. No plastering. It has 3 sections . It is covered with a corrugated fibre glass sheet -green colour.
I keep them in manure - semi done - and this keeps them warm too in winters.2 sections have the American red worm and one has the Indian bigger ones. The bigger ones especially the red one - always try and get away - they like to stay in surroundings that are natural.
They are plenty in numbers even in winter.
Hope this helps
Hamdhingra


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:26 am 
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Hamdhingras system works. I have a similar setup for my garden.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:38 am 
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Hi Hamdhingra and rulerofsun
What do you feed to these worms?? Dry leaves and grass etc as Shaphan mentioned??


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:50 am 
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Cardboard - They eat it clean - in fact if you are in an apartment and do not want to mess with earth and manure -try corrugated cardboard and see how effective it is. I have recently added Korean grass from my lawn mowing - and they have cleaned that too. They did not eat the shell of bird grain. They will eat anything only--- ensure the thing does not rot - otherwise it will all be smelly
Hope this helps…Hamdhingra


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:20 am 
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informative stuffffff :wink:

Will for sure try the cardboard thingy ( Thanx Ham) :P


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:16 am 
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The man Friday, a pretty good fisherman, used to feed the worm (just had a few sometime ago) all the kitchen waste. He would put all the organic waste (veg matter, tea leaves, leftover rice & atta, etc) into the pit and then cover with moist mud. In the winter he would cover the it with hay (bhoosa). Seemed to do very well on this diet.

Incidentally he would take the worms one day before the trip and put them in mud flavoured with stuff. Not sure what it was as it was a long time ago.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:01 pm 
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Thanks hamdhingra and mahaseerken, this would certainly help and hopefully, my worms will spend luxurious winters in their new homes.
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Sualeh


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See sometimes we get too organised and begin to take out adult worms and say these 100 for this trip and these for the next. Then when this trip comes - these are there but when the next trip comes there are none there. Reason - adult worms dont like to be shifted and they die in the new environment.--(I stated earlier -they run away )-dont discard this container contents as waste, for a week later U will find all the baby worms possible in it - the adults die but they leave behind all the eggs possible and that container becomes a place where they and their future generations will thrive.In fact do this job in earthenware or smaller pots 2.5 to preferably 3 months before you have to go and your supply of worms can not finish.
Cheers...Hamdhingra


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:46 pm 
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Thanks for the information Ham. Sorry for late reply. Went trout fishing to northern areas. It was quite cold there so could not get any worms. Had to manage with lure fishing only.
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Sualeh


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 7:47 pm 
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hi Sualeh, sorry for a long break, got stuck somewhere. how was your trip? when and where can we see the pics?
saw shaphan's qibla bandi trip pics, real inspirational stuff. don't know where this dam is. instead of rawal thinking of giving it a try. do you have any plans for this place?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:42 am 
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nice information here


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