Lilies forum: I am thrilled!!!!!

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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jul 6, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Sorry, this is not about Liliums (at least not straight about Liliums), but this is my favourite forum and I had to share this with you:

I have ordered red californian worms to have them produce humus for my Liliums (and some other plants)!!!!!!

What do I know about composting with my 'gringo' worms? Nothing, but ..... that's what internet is for Big Grin

The person that sells the worms will supply a drawing to build the composter and will give me advise when he delivers the babies (probably next week). He's a Veterinarian and was very nice accepting to deliver my order, because I am quite far from where he (and the worms) is located.

It feels as if it were Christmas!!!!!!

Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Jul 6, 2016 4:47 PM CST


Ursula, congratulations on your new worm venture (adventure!). If you can, please post some photos of worms and the future composter when you get it built. Have fun!
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
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Jul 6, 2016 4:49 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jul 6, 2016 5:22 PM CST
Thanks, Connie and Rick.

I never thought I could be so excited for keeping worms, but when I think of how they will benefit my plants ..... Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

I even ordered worms to give my friend/neighbour/Vet for his Birthday. I'm certain he never ever got such bizarre gift Confused nodding He loves gardening as much as I do.

@dave here I need an emoticon for 'happy dance' Big Grin

Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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Jul 6, 2016 7:03 PM CST


What a find! You're going to love it. Congrats. Thumbs up
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jul 6, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Thank you, Tracey. I'm sure I will love them!
Name: Paul
Nullawarre, Victoria,Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia
Jul 6, 2016 10:03 PM CST
Ursula, your enthusiasm is infectious!! :smily:Hope you don't have too many escapees!! I spend way too much time mucking about with my various worm farms.
The other very valued present for gardeners, whether it be for Christmas or birthdays, is a bag of blood and bone!
Different latitudes, different attitudes
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jul 6, 2016 10:47 PM CST
I guess a partial loss is part of the learning process, Paul. Hopefully not too many worms come with an explorer spirit Whistling

I have never found a source to buy blood or bone meal here - guess they are used for other processes.

We have smaller worms in the soil. Every time I lift a pot or a larger container, I harvest some 'gardener's gold', but I understand the large red californian worms produce a far better humus (I have been purchasing so far).

It's so good to have a new project!

Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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Jul 7, 2016 1:23 AM CST
Congratulations! Hurray! Hurray!
Minnesota and Alaska (Zone 3a)
Jul 7, 2016 9:29 AM CST
Your enthusiasm is contagious. I can't stop smiling after a rather grumpy start to the morning. Smiling
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Jul 7, 2016 10:53 AM CST
I hope those huge, big (body builder???) Californian worms give you lots and lots of beautiful, compost. I do love the earthy smell of a good compost, it holds the promise of so much goodness to come.

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Jul 7, 2016 11:40 AM CST
My tulip tree needed tons of mulch they said and the area was far to huge to do that or a bunch of earth worms to help with the aid raiding the roots to allow more water to get to the source of the root system..
I went out and bought 20 dozen earthworms.....
First of all I had no idea how to release them so put them out a couple of buckets at a time and watch if they went underground...
Many of them did until I seen the Mother Robin up the tree and this became an easy......LUNCH....... Grumbling
oh well what can you do

Waited for the release until after the robin as gone and babies too but she kept coming back with wait for lunch still....
then got frustrated and tossed out all the rest of the 10 dozen and thought well she will get a few and babies too but not the rest........
and this worked better.......
the first couple of dozen she would take 3 at a time....for herself .......

I need to add some worms to air raid the lily beds some later as well......

I also bought some prey mantis and lady buy them in groups of 1000 for the oriental trees around here...... and sure some of them have found the lilies along the way too......

have fun with new project

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