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Starting a worm farm

Posted by Tim Herron on May 27, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Today I had a European redworm alert in my email, it was a Ehow article on starting a worm farm, with 1000 worms. Here is a copy of my reply.

For starters, The Manure worm is not an ideal fishing bait, it is anything but fishing bait. The manure worm puts off a yellow mustard type slime when aggravated(hooked) this is a self protection mechanism to fend off other creatures, including fish. The manure worm and European redworm/nightcrawler are similar exept for this primary difference. and The Europeans get much larger.

As far as starting a worm farm with a 1000 worms, I had to go get more coffee as I was laughing so hard, perhaps a hobby farm like an ant farm. Let me break that down, you send for a pound of worms, you will likely get about 600 and less if they are big. (that is reality)1000 worms per pound was a bed run standard used when I was a kid, it meant 1000 worms(cocoons were counted as 15-20 worms each)any pound of dirt in a good manure worm bed will have at least 20-50 cocoons in it, plus a few hundred small skinny worms, throw in a few large worms for good measure and you have a pound of worms in some peoples mind.

Then when you get these worms, providing some made it in shipping, they will be dehydrated and you will likely kill the survivors by not babying them. okay, now we are down to how many. So lets say you still have a few left, you have now invested 10.00 on Rubbermaid, 10.00 or more for peat moss, about 30.00 for worms not to mention about 2 weeks worth of spare time. and all you have is a bit of dirt and possibly some dead worm capsules, you put your scraps in the rubber maid, and the next day nothing happens, exept for you now have more fruit flies than worms. In desperation and not wanting to fail, you sneak to the fish bait store and get a 30-50 pack of redworms, when you open the cup, you realize there may be more there, than in the pound you received. This is the time most stop raising worms for a living, and hang up the shingle." I used to raise earthworms"but found the money just wasn't there.

This is where the other 1/4 of the people are determined to succeed. so they do all the research they can. I can always tell these people when they call, they know more about the scientific aspect of worms than I do.and they always want to come "see" my worm farm, and they generally do. but when they get a pound of worms from me, they have a much better result for some reason. now they have invested a month or more of their spare time and about 100.00 or more. and the kicker is, by this time, it has got so hot it may kill them all, or many other things like bugs, drying out etc will happen. and their 90 day breeding period has shrunk because the fall is right around the corner and they will slow the breeding process down. winter is a whole other book. by spring time, the few worm farmers that are left, realize that they will be better of just buying a cup of worms to go fishing.

Categories: Georgia Gardening, Vermicomposting, Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Worms

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