would take big scoops of the bin (by now I had worms through and through). and put it into my chicken area in a pile. Give the chickens a few minutes to harvest the worms and then I would scoop up the castings/soil and use it.
They had a hoop house structure with six 10-foot long worm beds, where the community's compost and trash was dumped. Also, they had rabbits in cages over the beds, which was a good idea.
I got about 50 worms from a bait shop, and a few more from a kitchen vermicomposter I contacted through freecycle. Yes, that's a very small number of worms, even for a small bin. But I really like the idea of building my own population, rather than buying.
I want to use worms to reduce my newspaper waste and create some soil. But I don't want to use worms I can't release into my garden. Don't red wrigglers become invasive if released?
I thought it was a problem in some environments - like in northern forests, where escaped fishing worms were wrecking havoc by being too voracious for the rest of the scavengers and wondered if anybody was just using the worms they already have in their gardens.
Two issues immediately come to mind. Are you sure you got composting worms (red wigglers or European nightcrawlers)? Most bait worms that I've seen are American/Canadian nightcrawlers, which are not the same thing at all.
joe pacelli wrote:
If s/he got them from a bait shop, they are absolutely NOT Eisenia fetida