Florida Gardening forum: Vermicosposting

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Name: Raindancer
NE Florida (Zone 9a)
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Raindancer
May 16, 2012 5:38 AM CST
Is anyone on this forum raising worms for composting? I'm trying to figure out how to keep them happy and alive in the Florida heat this summer. I need a lot of worm castings and think it would be much cheaper to keep a few bins myself and the savings could go towards more plants. I've invested in my first worm "family" and could use some pointers. I have plenty of shady areas and would prefer to keep them outdoors if possible.
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
May 16, 2012 10:42 AM CST
I've given thought to the same thing, hope you get answers; I'll be sure to keep a watch on this thread.

Name: Raindancer
NE Florida (Zone 9a)
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Raindancer
May 17, 2012 2:07 PM CST
Jim,

I started a couple of weeks ago, got my first deep bin going and so far, so good. They're eating lots! I have them sitting on a shady concrete porch of an out building and I'm going by trial and error. So far it looks like an easy thing, I learned real fast they like their moisture. They clean up fruit and coffee grounds in no time. The fellow I bought them from assures me they'll do fine in all kinds of FL weather if I keep them well fed, damp and happy. Happy worms! These are red wrigglers and they do sell them statewide, year-round for fishing. We'll see.
Name: Jim Cook
South Florida
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jimsned2
May 18, 2012 5:14 AM CST
I guess it remains to be seen if worms help in our sandy soil; at least in my area it's very sandy. I can't imagine a worm ingesting a grain of sand. Then again since I've never tried it;who knows?

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