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Earthworms

Discussion in 'Advanced Marijuana Cultivation' started by twinturbochronic, Jun 25, 2008.

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    twinturbochronic

    twinturbochronic Well-Known Member

    I added some indoor farmed fishing nightcrawlers and let about 40 of them go, a few in each pot. The containers are 2.5 gallon, so there is plenty of space, do you think of any harm that can be done, they clean up leaf matter at lights off, then aeriate and fertilize the soil during the lights on.

    so far its been a few days and they are still in the pots, even after being fertilized with foxfarm, they didnt seem to mind it. Do you think any other pests might have been introduced, but they were not from outdoors, so im doubt theyll even be carrying anything.

    Anyone ever tried this,?
     
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    gogrow

    gogrow confused

    from what i have been told from old farmers, if worms will live in your pots, then you have some good soil....if they dont live; they will be a small amount of organic nutes added to your soil.
     
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    twinturbochronic

    twinturbochronic Well-Known Member

    I took out a plant out of its pot today to check the rootball and there were 2 worms setting right at the bottom, you could see where they had been making tunnels in the soil along the wall of the pot
     
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    gogrow

    gogrow confused


    congrats!!
     
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    TreeDweller79

    TreeDweller79 Well-Known Member

    I have done the same thing with super results. The castings are organic fertilizers, and the tunnel are aeration holes. I would also like to think that them cruising all over helps with the unavoidable root bound nature of 2.5 gal containers.
     
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    cocobitzz

    cocobitzz Well-Known Member

    I put worms in one of my young plants soil a few months back. It is slightly bushier than the rest. I also poured bong water on it once a week. Not only is it not dead or showing signs of damage but it is my most promising plant of the crop. And the worms didn't die from it haha. I bet they were slightly stoopid from it though.
     
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    brendon420

    brendon420 Well-Known Member

    this is one of the best kept secrets of growing herb
     
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    brendon420

    brendon420 Well-Known Member

    in my next grow i am going to use a 10 gallon rubbermain and use all my own composted soil and throw about 100 worms in there, your plant will show its appreciation
     
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    Hank

    Hank Well-Known Member

    Worms huh. Today i will dig for them:-)

    Hank.
     
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    mastershake

    mastershake Active Member

    anyone know if you need to feed the worms some like organic waste or something or will they be in soil alone.

    Jr.
     
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    gangjababy

    gangjababy Well-Known Member

    you should sprinkle some bread on top to give them something to munch on, I would think.
     
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    brendon420

    brendon420 Well-Known Member

    anything biodegradable they will eat
     
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    Ohsogreen

    Ohsogreen Well-Known Member

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    If your soil (not a completely soilless mix) has some organic matter in it, the worm will be happy for a week or two. To ensure he/she stays in the pot, & happy - feed them. They don't mind you watering / fertilizing the pot, provided you don't use highly acidic or alkaline water / fertlilizer mix. Most people fear drowning them. They can live comletely submerged in water for up to 5 minutes. So, if your watering heavy, they will surface, and not drown.
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    Here's how - Once a week, take a spoon make a small hole, 1 inch in diameter x 1/2 inch deep, place some (a teaspoon of) corn meal or alfalfa meal, in the hole, cover and wait.
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    If, one week has gone by and the food is not gone, your worm is DEAD (adding organic matter to your soil - or dead on the floor). If the food is gone, turn the pot clockwise, repeat the feeding. Only use a teaspoon worth of meal for feeding. If you over do it, you will attract pests. You only want to give the worm, enough food to keep him/her happy. In return, your roots get highly soluble N (.1 %), aeration, and some mychorizzal fungi - which are present in the intestines of almost all earth / red worms.
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    Worms eat half their body weight in organic matter each day. So, since they don't weigh much - a little will statisfy. They do not mind company - up to 10 can occuppy a small pot (1-3 gallons) without them jumping ship & looking for a new place to live. You also need a small amount of sand for them. As they use it in their guts to help grind up organic matter.
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    Most people believe worms can digest any organic matter. Not true. They rely on bateria & fungi to (breakdown / soften) most of the foods they eat. If your soil (has been sterilized), the corn meal will hold them over, until they poop out enought bacteria & fungi to jump start their environment. Once this flora (bacteria & fungi) are present, they will reproduce at a very fast pace - aiding the worm & your plant in return.
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    Hope this helps... Keep it Real... Organic...
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2008
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    mastershake

    mastershake Active Member

    thanks ohsogreen, good lookin out.

    should have some happy ass worms in no time.
     
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    Mista

    Mista Active Member

    I hav never heard of this before but its sounds fucking smart... Thats me for my next grow
     
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    DryGrain

    DryGrain Well-Known Member

    I went to the bait shop last week and got 200 redworms to add to my outdoor. I also threw a few into my compost pile. It cost about $1.50 for a container of 50 redworms.

    Does anyone know if nightcrawlers, earthworms, or redworms are more or less beneficial than each other?
     
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    mike357

    mike357 Well-Known Member

    will the worms not eat on the roots?
     
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    purplehaze2

    purplehaze2 Well-Known Member

    I make tea ,I have a worm bend with 3 different levels. the bottom section catches all the worm castings and I take them and put in a screen micronet.I take a 5gallon bucket throw a little pump in there so the water circulates and then I take my air pump and throw the air stones in the screen, and 2 out of the screen inn the bucket ,and brew for 35 hrs and bam I have the best organic nutrient possible,I can pour straight on seedlings and use in veg and bloom and it never hurt my plants ever. its called ACT. IF anybody wants a website that sales all this ,pm me. you can make everything here for $50 and you never have to buy nutrient again. and yes it works in hydro as well.
     
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    El Duderino

    El Duderino Active Member


    Ok, so I got 6 worms for each pot. I dug about 3/4 gallon out of each pot, dropped in the worms and replaced the soil with worm castings. After I put the worm castings in I wet the soil a bit, just enough to moisten it up, then threw in a few pieces of bananna peelings. Will they be able to hold over for a few days till I get some corn meal? Should I add anything else to help insure the survival of the worms?
     
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    mikeeees

    mikeeees Well-Known Member

    hmmm, thanks for the postt, im probs gonna add a few worms to my little plantt

    corn meal the best to feed them?
     

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