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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kristadb</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
When I need to change the soil in my box (ie starting over with new pre-mulch), I drop a 1/2 cantaloupe into the box, wait a week and then pull the cantaloupe out. Almost all the worms are inside the fruit; making moving a breeze and less disruptive to the worms.</div>
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Thank you SO much for this suggestion. Moving the worms out of the old compost and into the new bedding has been the hardest part for me in maintaining my worm bin. I hated having to pick though the old compost and pull out the worms, I was always afraid I was going to squash them.<br><br><br><br>
Also, if anyone is looking to start a worm bin, contact your local county extension office. They can usually give you a list of local sources for red worms. If you can't find any place locally, try this site <a href="http://www.ctvalley.com/nightcrawler.htm#redworm" target="_blank">http://www.ctvalley.com/nightcrawler.htm#redworm</a>. They have a great price on red worms.
 

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You're welcome. One thing I forgot to mention, it's best to not feed them for 2 weeks before doing this. Don't worry - they won't starve. They'll clean off the last of the food and then will all migrate to the cantaloupe. It really cuts down on the amount of work in seperating the worms out.
 

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This is a great tip. Thanks!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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This is a great tip. Thanks!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"></div>
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You're very welcome. As a side note, I choose cantaloupe as it is strong enough to last an invasion of hungry worms. I tried it with a tomato once, but I had about 3lbs worth of worms....they took out the tomato in a day.
 

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btw, that worm sex thing was very...odd <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Seems kinda dirty, reading about worm sex. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hump.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hump:">
 

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My worms are doing very well. They've double in numbers now and can finish a whole tomato in 2 days. The soil is turning a reddish-black colour and it has a slight sweet scent to it (I've been mostly dropping in fruits).
 

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Yes, it works very well.<br><br><br><br>
You can start w/ organic soil if you wish (the worms need SOME soil).<br><br><br><br>
I like to have them living in mostly soil w/ peat (and then the compost). Every 3-6 months (depending on when the composter got full), I would change plant soils, dumping the old stuff into the composter and starting over. Less waste that way.
 

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This is a very exciting find. I have been planning on starting a "worm bed" (we call it) for composting all the fiber from my juicer and seeds from my wheatgrass.<br><br><br><br>
My parents were in the worm farming biz for a time when I was a kid. I remember my greatUncle loved the worm castings on his garden - He said that it was THE best thing you could add to the garden.<br><br><br><br>
The cantalope thing is a fantastic trick that I will definitely use.<br><br><br><br>
If I recall worms multiply rapidly so..... how many worms do you think I should start out with?<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to use a plastic storage bin about 30 gallon size. We used simple plywood boxes for the biz and kept the surface covered with a layer of carpet or canvas.<br><br><br><br>
I'm so glad to hear that other ppl are doing this indoors - and here I was worried about looking like a weirdo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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I started off with 1lb of worms. Some places say 3000 worms; where I live, they sell them by weight.<br><br><br><br>
No one will know that you have it, unless you tell them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> It looks like a container of dirt!
 

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Please excuse my ignorance, but could someone give me a general overview of the purpose of "worm composting"? I have a neighbor who talks about raising worms and such, and the above descriptions are interesting. Is it environmentally advantageous to do this?
 

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Pee Wee's Pants - worm composting is an excellent way to rapidly compost food wastes. The worms are industrious little workers that eat up all the junk and leave behind the most fertile soil ever "worm castings." The waste product from worms is quite possibly the best fertilizer you can use on your plants. My uncle called it black gold.<br><br><br><br>
Here are some sights I found that might be helpful.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://vermico.com/castings.htm" target="_blank">http://vermico.com/castings.htm</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.organicgardeningideas.com/Worm-Castings.html" target="_blank">http://www.organicgardeningideas.com/Worm-Castings.html</a>
 

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Thanks kristadb I'll start with a pound too. I'm not too worried about the weirdo thing - just kidding - more likely my friends will steal my beautiful fertilizer.<br><br><br><br>
Also - Pee Wee P's<br><br>
Adding some of the worms to your garden is an excellent way to keep the soil aerated.
 
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