Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Worms Toplef10Worms 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Worms I22gcj10Worms 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Update on Marie's mom
by donnainzone5 Today at 11:59 am

» All I Want For Christmas....Holiday Garden Wish List!
by donnainzone5 Today at 11:52 am

» Serrano Peppers
by countrynaturals Today at 11:36 am

» CANADIAN REGION:What are you doing October to December 2019
by Kelejan Today at 7:02 am

» Homemade Christmas
by countrynaturals Today at 12:22 am

» Grapefruit
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 6:25 pm

» Sanderson - On the Road
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 5:27 pm

» Container Gardening
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:08 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:03 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 7:25 am

» Potato Seeds, not Seed Potatoes
by Dan in Ct Yesterday at 6:20 am

» Hydrogen Peroxide
by has55 Yesterday at 3:50 am

» New England, December, 2019
by sanderson 12/7/2019, 5:07 pm

» Steam canning?
by sanderson 12/7/2019, 4:47 pm

» De Jours 18 Radish
by markqz 12/7/2019, 4:11 pm

» Gardening Life hack - fixing bucket handles
by sanderson 12/7/2019, 4:05 pm

» Is this the right place?
by sanderson 12/7/2019, 3:30 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by donnainzone5 12/7/2019, 12:47 pm

» ROOKIE TOPIC XVII Seed Starting Dates
by countrynaturals 12/7/2019, 12:15 am

» TD - A Journey Through Prostate Cancer
by Scorpio Rising 12/6/2019, 8:37 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by OhioGardener 12/6/2019, 1:23 pm

» Bee Balm
by countrynaturals 12/6/2019, 9:34 am

» Hi I’m new
by AtlantaMarie 12/6/2019, 6:47 am

» Friday Rookie Topic XIV: Potato Onions
by countrynaturals 12/5/2019, 8:03 pm

» Mid-South: December
by sanderson 12/5/2019, 2:30 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 12/5/2019, 12:58 pm

» What are your best Greenhouse tips for a first timer?
by countrynaturals 12/5/2019, 10:54 am

» new member needs help
by Dan in Ct 12/5/2019, 9:56 am

» Brand new in SW Idaho
by AtlantaMarie 12/5/2019, 8:48 am

» What, no French Fries?
by Kelejan 12/5/2019, 6:19 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Worms

Go down

Worms Empty Worms

Post  Pduzant on 6/6/2011, 2:14 pm

Is it ok the introduce worms into my garden to enrich the soil more?
MY soil mix has been 1/3 peatmoss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 compost (Cow, Hen, Mushroom, Enriched potting soil)
The heat has been really high down here in Jacksonville, in fact my temp gauge is reading 99.8 degrees as I type this.

My summer squash plants are now pushing through, so we'll see how they do.. Also my green onions are poking through as well.
Any tips would be great..

Pete :?:
avatar
Pduzant

Male Posts : 18
Join date : 2011-06-04
Location : Jacksonville, FL

https://www.youtube.com/k4pad

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/6/2011, 5:14 pm

Sure can! Those worms are outstanding in an SFG. Lots of people here encourage/invite them in. Some feed them. Some grow them in buckets and toss them in. However, if you didn't install a "bottom" on your SFG, or a weed cloth, the worms will find YOU. Give them a season and they will be in there.

Each time my kids go digging in the backyard, they know to toss any worms they find in the SFGs and cover them up nicely. The kids know they can't play in the SFGs so they make up their own game of "farm."
BackyardBirdGardner
BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 45
Location : St. Louis, MO

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  busygirl on 6/6/2011, 10:23 pm

I was just video chatting with the DH today about buying nightcrawlers at the bait shop to put in my boxes. There is a 2-6 inch drop per 4x4 box on my hillside, so I put bottoms in them so I could level them with bricks. If I get the harvest I am expecting and SFG becomes a permanent fixture in my yard, hopefully the DH can dig them in properly in the spring.
busygirl
busygirl

Female Posts : 88
Join date : 2011-05-30
Location : Southeastern Ohio

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  camprn on 6/6/2011, 10:27 pm

You may be able to rig a worm tube into those.
http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1603-worm-tube-for-the-sfg
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 57
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  middlemamma on 6/6/2011, 10:32 pm

Do some reading about composting worms, these are the kind you want in your garden. All worms are not created equal, and the big huge fat night crawlers are not the same as the red wigglers that are called composting worms. I have both in my garden, night crawlers that were here naturally, and the red wigglers that I introduced. In the garden they are fine I suppose, but in a worm bin you the night crawlers will die. I know you were only talking about putting them in the garden...but just thought I would make you aware that there were different kinds.

This is a great link to get you started. http://www.redwormcomposting.com/

Here is a link to where he talks about your different types of worms.
http://www.redwormcomposting.com/quick-facts-about-worm-composting/

I am no expert for sure just hoping to pass on some good information. Smile
middlemamma
middlemamma
 
 

Female Posts : 2260
Join date : 2010-04-25
Age : 42
Location : Post Falls Idaho and LOVING it

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  westie42 on 6/6/2011, 10:40 pm

Here is a link to the worm tubes Josh makes for his SFG. I made some from 4" pvc because that is what I had laying around my holes were 5/8" if I recall and probably had a dozen or so drilled up to almost the ground line. I keep a cap on them to provide darkness below. Whenever I find worms around I just place them in the tubes with a few new leaves from lettuce or some grass. http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1603-worm-tube-for-the-sfg
avatar
westie42

Male Posts : 512
Join date : 2011-03-22
Age : 77
Location : West Union, Iowa

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  busygirl on 6/6/2011, 11:43 pm

@middlemamma wrote:Do some reading about composting worms, these are the kind you want in your garden. All worms are not created equal, and the big huge fat night crawlers are not the same as the red wigglers that are called composting worms. I have both in my garden, night crawlers that were here naturally, and the red wigglers that I introduced. In the garden they are fine I suppose, but in a worm bin you the night crawlers will die. I know you were only talking about putting them in the garden...but just thought I would make you aware that there were different kinds.

This is a great link to get you started. http://www.redwormcomposting.com/

Here is a link to where he talks about your different types of worms.
http://www.redwormcomposting.com/quick-facts-about-worm-composting/

I am no expert for sure just hoping to pass on some good information. Smile

Thanks for the info. It is what I needed. Since I have bottoms in my boxes, I don't think the night crawler idea will work with their burrows being so deep. After that, I thought maybe some endogeic types since they burrow laterally (and I don't see my DH agreeing to worm farming in the house for the winter after rounding up wigglers from the tubes), but more research showed that they aren't really available for any commercial use. The site below explained a lot, including the "non native species thing" that came up on the worm tube thread (native species thought wiped out in the last ice age) and why only babies were found in the spring (adults can't survive freezing temps, but the worm cocoons can). If is is any more complicated than dumping nightcrawlers into the box, I don't know if I will get to it this summer, but it is fascinating anyway. For now, I am pretty happy with how my plants are doing, so I may put the idea on hold. And there is always next year.

http://mypeoplepc.com/members/arbra/bbb/id17.html
busygirl
busygirl

Female Posts : 88
Join date : 2011-05-30
Location : Southeastern Ohio

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  shannon1 on 6/7/2011, 1:33 am

[quote="camprn"]You may be able to rig a worm tube into those.
http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1603-worm-tube-for-the-sfg[/quote] Worms 396615 Worms 396615 Worms 396615 I'm just south of you in St.Augustine. Josh's worm tube is a great idea that I am going to use soon. I was just talking to him about the worms. My garden is a TT so he recommened I use red wigglers since the others go deeper to escape the heat. I will be getting mine from the bait shop, lucky worms will not be skewered on a hook and end up fish food.
So glad you found the forum. What are you growing apart from summer squash? Can you post pics? We love to see garden photos.
shannon1
shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  shannon1 on 6/7/2011, 2:21 am

I just watched your vids and I must say Worms 679265. Did you skip the part in the book where it said start out small? LOL
It looks pretty good, love the trelis on the fence. I was wondering two things what home remedy did you put on your toms, and why did you choose perlite over vermiculite? Your garden puts my little garden to shame. One more thing, what no datils???? Shocked
shannon1
shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  Pduzant on 6/8/2011, 12:41 am

@shannon1 wrote:I just watched your vids and I must say Worms 679265. Did you skip the part in the book where it said start out small? LOL
It looks pretty good, love the trelis on the fence. I was wondering two things what home remedy did you put on your toms, and why did you choose perlite over vermiculite? Your garden puts my little garden to shame. One more thing, what no datils???? Shocked

Thanks for the great comments - I guess I did skip that part of the book. :drunken: about starting out small.
I have since switch to vermiculite, I was able to find some at ACE hardware in the LARGE bags.. the remedy I "tried" to use was the soap and water mix.. guess I put to much soap in, put the plants are coming back nicely. So far I have squash, egg plant, tomatoes, red/green/yellow peppers, hot pepper, pole bean, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce, carrots, green onions.. most are poking through now.. I hope they keep on growing..

The compost mix I am making is Cow/Hen/Mushroom and a soil mix from ACE.. Once I can afford it I plan to and worm castings as well.

Datils??? huh thinking
avatar
Pduzant

Male Posts : 18
Join date : 2011-06-04
Location : Jacksonville, FL

https://www.youtube.com/k4pad

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  shannon1 on 6/8/2011, 1:10 am

It may have been too strong also, I was told not to use degreasing soaps like Dawn for example. Datil peppers are a famous hot pepper around here. I joke whith my fellow gardeners in the "Old City" you get a ticket if you don't grow them Worms 889526
shannon1
shannon1

Posts : 1697
Join date : 2011-04-01
Location : zone 9a St.Johns county FL

Back to top Go down

Worms Empty Re: Worms

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum