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New worms for wormery

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:47

I'm still using it. Have had the tower thing for about three years. The amount of worms I mention was after digging around in it on Sunday. I overwinter it in my coal cellar as it is too cold outside during winter. I don't feed it during this time as it is under ten degrees in there. They usually go out in April again. I think the wet summer two years ago crashed the population and it never picked up again. 

sounds like I should try to fish the ones I have out and restart it again.

New worms for wormery

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:19

Quite an interesting thread you had there!

Probably over 1.5 half ago. There is the odd worm (less than 10 in all three levels) in the bin and some very thin white ones that looks like Japanese rice noodles. I think it got too wet and that caused the population to crash. I tried to add kitchen paper towels, shredded newspaper and cardboard but instead of helping out it only formed clusters instead that didn't break down properly.

My compost never looked as good as yours. Having quite a lot of half broken down stuff.

The kind of worms I have is dendrobaena. I should also mention that I drink quite a lot of loose leaf tea and close to 50% of the stuff I add is probably tea leaves.

I shall see if my colleague who has an allotment might know someone with a worm supply 

Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:21

The dragon's teeth is a reference to Greek mythology. Can't remember if it was Heracles that was tricked in to sow the teeth but the result was that an army sprung up where he sowed the teeth. Bindweed might have been a better reference as it is that it does when the roots break.

I thought you could propagate it easily without any leaves on the root just pop it in the ground.

Not sure if mine would be regarded as big but it was hell to shift. I think the root was bigger than a pound coin at the top

Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 19:45

I am slightly concerned that I have sowed dragons teeth so to say when I replanted my aquilegias. I couldn't get all of the root up and I now suspect I might have created more plants by moving them or does it take more than just leaving some root in the ground.

New worms for wormery

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 18:22

My wormery never really got back into shape after I had a population crash some time ago so I need to get some new ones and here the problem starts. What type of worms to get?? There seems to be three main types that are used but different sellers says different things. A couple of sites say tiger worms are the best quoting a PhD study that says they cope better with acidity and moisture. Then the next site says the same about the dendras (without the scientific reference). Some uses a mix. I think mine came with dendras but I can't any of my paperwork for the wormery.

What are peoples experience of different types of worms? I am leaning towards tiger because of my massive tea consumption.

Babbington leek not bulking up

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 15:58

Got a Babbington leek from a seed swap two years ago (I think). Only one of the bulblets survived and has for the last two years sprouted a little thin leaf but nothing more. Any idea how to make this perpetual leek take off? It is now only producing like a single chive! The bulb is the size of a small marble and in a pot.

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 15:53

wow that sound quite brutal! Not sure I dare to do that...

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 19:03

The rest of the plant seems fine. The part that died might even have died last year. I am a bit concerned that it will not produce more stems from the bottom as there is only two main branches left and one of them is not that big. Don't think it has been disturbed by the wind as it is in a corner in a walled in garden. Should probably spread some worm casts around it to perk it up.

Is there a way to make it produce shoots from the bottom?

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 15:01

Excellent. Will do it now. Should have said I am in Bristol.

Hopefully it will produce more stems from the base at some point as I have only one main stem and a very weak second.

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 14:45

Have finally gotten around to clean out the borders of dead stuff and periwinkles that is taken over the place and noticed that parts of my zephirine drouhin has completely died. Is it safe to prune out the deadwood now or should I wait. The plant is sprouting already.

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