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#31 Old 02-20-2006, 11:52 PM
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Regular earthworms don't convert kitchen waste into soil. They eat soil itself-- stuff that has already been converted into soil. To do vermicomposting, you need a different type of worm.





This is a good point. Presence of earthworms is an indicator for a good compost tip. They don't necessarily turn compost good by being introduced to the tip. They feed off of the remains of the tail end of the composting process. They don't, actually, "eat soil," but the nutriments within the dirt.



Presence of earthworms is good, even if they are introduced. They will leave if circumstances are not appropriate, and aid in the breakdown of the overall mass when times are good. When they are relocated to the garden with compost they contribute to aeration and distribution of nutrients in the soil.
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#32 Old 02-21-2006, 12:40 PM
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im all for it, sounds like a great idea!
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#33 Old 02-21-2006, 07:19 PM
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TThey don't, actually, "eat soil," but the nutriments within the dirt.

[biology nerd] Admittedly, it's been a while since I studied zoology, but I'm pretty sure earthworms literally do eat dirt. They digest a certain amount of organic nutrients from it, then excrete the rest in the form of castings. [/biology nerd]
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#34 Old 02-24-2006, 07:44 AM
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I think it's nice you are concerned...the world needs more people like you. I think the worms will be happy there. They like composting and so long as they are well fed they should be ok!!!

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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#35 Old 03-01-2006, 11:41 PM
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A worm in a compost pile is a fat happy worm!
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I think a good compost bin fulfills a worm's wishes in life (no drowning, freezing, or being eaten, and lots of good food) nicely. A couple tips, from my experience - they don't like peppers, even bell peppers, or citrus, and they love love love mango pits!
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#37 Old 03-04-2006, 04:00 PM
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I think a good compost bin fulfills a worm's wishes in life (no drowning, freezing, or being eaten, and lots of good food) nicely. A couple tips, from my experience - they don't like peppers, even bell peppers, or citrus, and they love love love mango pits!



C'mon now. How do you know they don't like peppers and citrus?
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