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Hey, To begin with I started a vermiculture setup of 3 bathtubs which is ramping up in production,
I have also started two new greenhouses, one of which has a lot of composted hog fuel and horse manure piles, which I have made into compost mounds (4' x 6'sizes in wind rows)

Now my question to you, if I put a lot of bedding, foodwaste, good to compost materials, in the bowl shape at the top of the composted material, what would happen if i put red worms? would they survive and remain in the soil?



My hopes:
The worms would stay near the top just like the bathtubs where I put food,
With airation through the center with the Pariferated Plastic piping I have will increase soil temps to help kill off the worms later in the summer when it'stime to fill the greenhouse up with tomatoes and peppers,
or maybe I just need to spread them out and quit feeding them to have them all die off when it starts getting hot in there? my tthought being they will help add life to the horse manure woodchip compost, plus their bodies when i kill the bulk of them off will add to the soil. (fyi I live in WA)

Is this a silly idea? i'd like to know. 
What Im trying to do is use as many methods as I can to get some decent enough dirt to make food worth selling on a first year garden bed area.

Thanks for your time, and your thoughts,
  Russell
 
                                          
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I keep worms in my greenhouse all summer and it gets up to 100 deg.F in there.  It doesnt get over that because of the two aquaphonic systems and 12 drums of liquid heat sink.  I only have glazing on the south wall and an overhang to keep from over heating.  Reflectors send light in during summer months.  This is the Mohave desert, and the greenhouse is most productive in winter.  There are no native worms here; no organics in the soil to feed them. So I seed worms into my raised beds, gardens and compost and keep everything mulched.
 
                    
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hey thank you, your greenhouse sounds really hightech and resourceful.
I am going to do it, I will add two bathtubs of worms to the greenhouse to start making that compost go faster.

my biggest concern is that they will ear more to much and it will take from the overall soil,
and also when i go to planting tomatoes into the ground i am concerned there will stillbe some worms there doin their non-indigenous impact onto the soil.  But i figure if i level out the soil (compost mounds) and don't mulch, the red wrigglers wont be able to survive without constant feeding on low elevation soil in a greenhouse with black plastic mulch on some of the tomatoes.

now time to start another day and come up with more brainstormy ideas to ask you all.

THanks again,
  Russell

ps. thanks for pregnancy info.... bot
 
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I wouldn't worry about killing them.  they aren't going to rob your dirt of nutrients.  everything they excrete will stick around unless you water too much.
 
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If the floor of your green house is open soil and they are not finding enough poo in the house soil/compost pile to eat they will simply leave.  Red worms don't eat live vegetation, seeds, etc.  No worries.
 
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