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New to worm growing . . .


3:59 am
February 27, 2012

Bob Shoaf


posts 4

I've just found your site and got your book.


I started growing worms just before Christmas, 2011.  I started because I wanted to use their castings and to introduce worms into my garden.  I've since found that putting worms into my garden is not a good idea.  That's like sending them to their death.

I have spent the late fall and winter building up my soil.  I live in the Southwestern US, New Mexico.  It is a high desert soil.  High in pH, 8.0+.  I have used the "Joy of Gardening" published in the early 80's through Troy Built and their recipe for lowering the pH by 1.0.

I have also loaded down the soil with dry horse manure (4"-6" tilled and watered several times during the winter).  I've become pretty particular about what manure I get.  The horses have been wormed at least 4-5 months before putting in my garden and they have been feed at least the 3rd cutting of alfalfa (minimize weed seed).  With using drip irrigation, this seems to prevent having a lot of weeds.

I plan to mulch with a material that contains lots of a very good quality of timothy hay, sawdust and rabbit manure.

With this limited information, I'd like comments, suggestions, any thoughts people might have pro and con about the feasibility of introducing worms into my garden.

I don't mind good constructive criticism.  That's how we learn.  LOLOL


I could feed and water areas outside the drip irrigation areas, this will probably aid in their survival.  From what I've read on the Internet, it depends on how closely I can duplicate a bin environment.  I guess I could experiment.  Everything associated with my garden is an experiment.

Thanks for your inputs,




11:15 am
March 25, 2012

Philip Rock


posts 84


You don't mention what kind of worms you are using – I'll assume they are Red Wigglers (Eisenia fetida).  I want to say straight off, that I don't have any experience in trying to do what you are planning – but I think it will be difficult to try to create conditions in your garden to keep them around.  They like to live in the uppermost layers of very moist, organic material-rich soil and are not usually found in large numbers in most garden soils.  It sounds like you know what you are doing in building up and amending your soil.  As you continue to build up your soil no doubt other 'wild' types of worms will move in and help to aerate your garden.   

Since you live in a fairly warm region I think it would be better to set up some bins in a shaded, protected spot outside and use the Red Wigglers strictly as a source of vermicompost for addition to your garden.  If you've got a good, steady source of compostable organic material, the worms will generate compost for you fairly quickly.  It doesn't happen overnight but it is faster and easier than composting by traditional means.  Plus, it is almost guaranteed that you'll miss a few of the Red Wigglers in the vermicompost…so you'll be adding worms to your garden anywayWink.  Best of luck to you!

8:42 pm
July 22, 2012

ronald russell

New Member

posts 1

Hi Bob, unless your garden is like a compost pile your worms will die if they can not get to moist compost. Harvest the castings from your worm bin and add this material to your soil. Good Luck

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