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I have added red worms to my system. I was able to get a hold of some free worms thanks to a nice lady. I got about a large yogurt container full of worms and bedding. I put about 20 worms into my grow beds to see what happens. I have started a worm bin with the remaining worms. 

I learned a lot about red worms today. I showed up to a strangers house expecting to just simply get some worms and was told how these little guys live and thrive. I had a lengthy conversation and am glad I got a better background. Essentially she told me how to start Vermicomposting. This is a whole world that I will begin to learn about. I hear that worms are the secret ingredient in aquaponics. I hope to find that true.

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Comment by Sean Short on April 2, 2011 at 8:45pm

I would say that feeeding them is had to judge. I put a large yogurt container full of worms into a 30 gallon plastic travel cooler. I drilled some air holes along the top, in the lid and a few in the bottom for water run out. They are very small holes. Although i did find a few escapees underneath. I put wet paper that came from the shredder into their home. I chopped up about 2 cups of some old lettuce in the food processor and laid it on top. I hope I didn't over feed like you mentioned.


Any advice on feeding?

Comment by Homefire on April 1, 2011 at 11:11pm

Congratulations Sean,

They can be a mystery at first; escaping a new environment if it isn't just right.  There's a temptation to over feed a new colony (i killed mine three times).  But now they've settled in about 4 years.


I'm just now starting some on my grow bed as you are.  I may try just worms to feed the plants.  Fish are more demanding.











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