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Started by Lyn Swett Miller. Last reply by Paula Allen Zone 5 Oct 19, 2010.
Give it a try, I started out with 2 little tubs from the fishing section and now have gazillions and I havent even had them a year. Im betting some may make it depending on how hot it got.
That's basically the same process I use, grab some "poo" mix it in a bucket of water and water the plants. I used to do the longer immersion process but saw very little difference in the results. I also keep a 5 gal container of worm tea brewing (with aeriation and molasses) and use that too on container plants and indoor plants. Wonderful results using red wigglers.
My bad. WalMart's trout and panfish worms are actually "European nightcrawlers" (Eisenia Hortensis) -- a good endogeic/composting worm.
I got a bunch of these from Beaver Bait Company a few years ago. They were importing them air freight them Holland at the time ...
I know it's heresy, but brandling worms (Eisenia foetida) are about the least desirable species of worm available. They are an epigeic species, meaning they feed on the organic matter atop the soil (the duff layer) and breed like crazy before the robins or the weather kill them.
Amynthas gracilis (Georgia jumpers) are a little better. At least they don't repel fish. What you really want in your garden, though, are shallow burrowing (endogeic) and deep burrowing (anecic) worms.
Get some nightcrawlers (Lumbricus terrestris) from the bait shop in the Walmart sporting good section. While you're at it pick up some "trout and panfish" worms. (Lumbricus rubellus, I THINK) Do what you can to prepare a suitable environment for them.
Worms like the same kind of soil as plants -- moist organic loam with plenty of nitrogen. In time you will have plenty of worms. There are lots of common species that will make it into your garden if the conditions are right.
For some practical insight about worms in your garden, I recommend: The Farmer's Earthworm Handbook: Managing Your Underground Money-Ma...
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