All Things Gardening forum: Attack of the worms

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 20, 2013 8:13 AM CST
I just have to tell this true story. I recently sent some orchids to a nice gal in New York City. One of the plants was a terrestrial orchid, Spath. plicata 'purple' and I sent it in its 4-6" pot. I grow these plants on the ground, under large oak trees during the mild months.

When the lady got the plants, she decided to re-pot them. When she took the potting soil/root ball out of the pot she discovered worms. Big, bad earth worms, what we call "red wrigglers" here in the south. We consider worms a good thing. They not only enrich the soil but are a good indication of soil balance. Well, apparently this lady thought they were pests, something that might escape and invade her apartment. Her words to me were: "I can't have creepy crawlies in my apartment".

I explained that since these plants are growing outside, sitting on the ground, sometimes earth worms will go through the drainage holes and take up residence in the pots. I told her if they are "happy" in these pots, that is where they will stay. Unfortunately, my explanation came too late - she had already trashed the worms!

She has been good natured about all this and we have corresponded several times, back and forth. Her email just a few minutes ago asked me (she was serious) whether I would ever put these orchids, with worms!, in my home. I assured her I do it all the time. I never know what pots have earth worms and what pots don't, but know perhaps a majority that come in from being on the ground have worms. I don't think I have ever seen one "escape" their pot!

This is all so funny to me. We "country-bumpkins" value our worms. "City-slickers" fear them. One is never too old to learn new things.
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Sep 20, 2013 10:49 AM CST

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drdawg said:We "country-bumpkins" value our worms. "City-slickers" fear them. One is never too old to learn new things.

Way too funny Ken. Maybe she saw "Attack of the Killer Earth Worms"? I arranged a Kayak outing one summer for the folks at work and recall one person who reacted vigorously when sea weed got on them.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 20, 2013 11:43 AM CST
It got me thinking: "How many people in huge cities have never even seen a cow?"
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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 20, 2013 11:59 AM CST
That was a really fun story, and thank you for sharing it Ken!

I can invision the kind New York ladies face on her first encounter with an Earthworm! Smiling

We are all forced to learn new things in time, and frequently from the unexpected! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Sep 20, 2013 1:18 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thanks for the thumb.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Sep 20, 2013 4:56 PM CST
We've seen cows! Gary Larson drew them for us.

Google "Far Side cow cartoons".


Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 20, 2013 7:41 PM CST
I once attended a summer camp for adults at Wild Acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
One of the attendees jumped with excitement as she found a small branch with pinecones attached as she screeched in her heavy Noo Yawk accent "ooooh, acorns!"
We just sat back and let her enjoy her discovery.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Sep 20, 2013 7:49 PM CST
Yeah, wuddaya expect? They think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

Actually, they think all milk comes from the dairy section.

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