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Old 10-10-2018, 08:46 AM #1
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Worms in containers

Has anyone used worms directly in their pots?

I have done some vermicomposting but not added worms directly to soil. My interest is with composting worms bringing amendments from the soil surface 6" below in my outdoor containers. The only thing it's the way i amend and use green manures, my soil it's on fire at the beginning of the year right before i plant and i think it would kill them. I COULD add them when i plant.... But how many Worms do i need to be really affective? And how would i raise enough Worms to colonize hundreds of yards of soil.

A plant is in the ground for 6 months... It would be nice to be able to get non water soluble amendments past the top inch of soil.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:11 AM #2
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i used to farm worms for fishing,it's easy:a wooden container,dirt,vegetables(lett uce,potato peel,etc.,not agrumes),newspaper or cardboard.Then you have to find worms:after a heavy rain in the evening you can find them easily near fields or even on concrete,look for the big ones,you can buy them in a bait store and try to farm them.I think they're not going to stay in the pot for a long time,they like slightly humid soil,not flooded so when it rains or when you water the pot there's a chance that they would go away.btw the most difficult part it's when you have to pick them out of the container without killing them.
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In nature bacteria and microbes would eat/breakdown all non soluble nutrients at the top i.e. compost the material then rain or water passing through said material would create a compost tea and leach the nutrients down to the roots so I think your stressing abt something that is already happening. With that said I'm starting an indoor no till 50 gallon container and adding some of my worms to it but I'm also building the soil with my worms in mind so I'm adding bedding and making the soil a good food source for the worms. My thought is if the worms are happy and eating, my plants will be happy and for a longer duration than if I didn't add the worms. Best of luck!!
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That's a good call. I know it is happening naturally... But i think it could be better. My top layer is way biologicaly active, but once roots are established, it stops much from getting past an inch or so. I want a fatter 6" layer closer to tilled amendments for the non soluble stuff.
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If u observe the need in your container for worms and feel worms will help u achieve your goals then u definitely need to do it. Worms in no till indoor containers and beds are very popular. Quick Google search or YouTube I've seen alot of others doing it and it makes sence. Plus it's also a quick search to find that worms won't eat living roots. So I really don't see any negitives in having worms in there. Worst case they die and even then still fertilize the plant.
Btw what containers are u using?
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I use smart pots or mounds of soil on top of native clay. Both are a couple yards of soil. I have seen people do it in their no till pots.
I guess i am trying to figure out if the juice is worth the squeez. I wouldn't want to convert to no till for that volume of soil. I wouldn't be able to keep up with the frequent top dressing or tea labor. Maybe i can't have it both ways. So no one uses worms unless they are no till?
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Sure!


Add worms to your pots.


Especially if your recycling them.
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I have had worms in my containers since I have been recycling and imho it isn't LOS without them



they are also the proverbial canary in the coal mine


mine all came from castings which is a sign of casting quality as well


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Why do you say canary in the coal mine?
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Why do you say canary in the coal mine?

happy worm population equates to healthy soil wherein a decline of worms indicates the opposite
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