I've been taking earthworms out of my worm bed and adding them to a deep dish of worm castings, spritzing with water and putting in the tat.....but I've never actually seen my pp's eat them and they are always gone the next morning....soooo I took some out of worm bed, washed them and dried in the sun in a plastic container, put them in the tat last night. Wow what a party they had! Both dishes had the worm cleaned up and gone by 10 pm so I had to add more and they were gone this morning. So I think they were actually eating the ones I put in the wormcastings before. But I had to know, figured I'd be cleaning the tat one day and find lots of live earthworms, but I know now they really are feasting on them.
These ones were dead. I use to put them in wormcastings while they were alive but wasn't sure they were actually eating them, thought maybe worms were escaping into the tat, so I dried some of the worms and put them in their dish and they really pigged out.....so don't think I'll go to the hassel of drying them now that I know they are eating them I'll just do what I did before and add them to wormcastings.
well I tried and never caught them actually eating one so this was the only way I new to try and see if they liked them, but with the way they ate it is so worth keeping a bed of worms. I looked up worm beds on line and with a small plastic tub and a few things added they are the easiest thing in the world to keep. When the time changes and it gets dark early I have more time to watch them, so hoping to see them get a live one this fall.
maybe I will get some from the patio after the next major rain.... the ones that don't survive the storm...so to speak. I will try that route first. We have clay siol where I live so I really need our (live) earthworrms
or you could do a worm bed....use a dark colored plastic container (dishpan size or larger) with lid, put leaves & grass clippings in, I added thin layer of soil sprinkle with water till damp, then go to wal mart and buy them in the fishing section....I got the small ones, not the large night crawlers. I just add scraps, more leaves and make sure you put egg shells in so they get calcium. They reproduce quickly and I have them when I want them.
Post by Ookami-Meggle on Sept 10, 2012 22:07:34 GMT -5
I was thinking about doing a compost type thing with worms in it to make my own worm castings, but since we live on the third floor with limited space I didn't think my fiance would take kindly to a big thing of stinky left-overs and worms in the house.
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