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i purchased a total of 960 EH's at walmart. they were very healthy and extrememly active. i only lost 3 that i know of. I released them in a makeshift wood bin 16x16x48 not a FT, (big mistake)
these are the first EH's i have every owned. after something like 3-4 months or so, ( dig around in my worms almost everyday, i didn't see but a couple of cocoons even though i saw them breeding many times.
i built this new 4-bin rack of 3x3x16" FT bins and wanted to move them down into that bin because it is the most shaded. as i moved them out i dug down about 4-6" and removed several hundred of them and placed them in their new home.
that was yesterday, today i decided to dig down further so on the left 25% of the old bin i dug to almost the bottom. i have found that there were many cocoons buried in the really wet castings in the bottom,and that is also where most of the worms reside.
the EH's i have prefer produce and leaves to horse manure. they will not come up for manure, but will for the produce and leaves.
EH's like it wet. they congregate in the wettest parts of the bins.
what have been your experiences? i belong to the EH group, but for others that are just thinking about it this may serve as an introduction.
Yes Larry, there were loads of half worms wandering around that eventually died. It was a mistake I will not make again!
What will be interesting is how they behave in the flow through that I finished this week.
I set it up as you suggested and it has a mixed load in there, there is well over 50Kg (150Lb) of worms and vc in there now, temps are still v cool here, well under 10 degrees.
I still have a bin of EH that will have to stay separate until I can harvest them in may/june when temps in South Africa get manageable for them.
I think that you can get very attached to Dendras...... LOL they are interesting critters.
It is going to be an interesting and hopefully a good squirmicomposting year
Bit up to my neck in it at the moment, will deffo get some stuff up for you later. been remiss of me not to recently.
Dont laugh at my flow through, GG only advised on where to put the paper, not the design!!!
ok done that, the camera has split it into 3 again...it's deffo the camera, not the director!!
uploading to youtube, by a steam driven Mac, the other one bust, may take an hour or so, depends how fast the gerbils will spin the wheel :)
got 2 of the vids up, youtube..aka... google....aka.....we want all your details, hosted and then with a smiley face ejected it!
'cos its too long, although i intentionally didn't do it in high def.
last bit on the way soon i hope.
I could put them on other file servers, but you would have to pay to download them, not very squirmicomposter friendly, so, you (tube) have to wait unfortunately.
approx another ....mmm 37 minutes, but it is worth waiting for.
There is no truth in the rumour that either FF or GG or HH or CC tried to sell the rights to Rupert Burdoch (sic) or that WW has already made a syndicated HBO horror movie out of it... A nightmare on Squelm Street. But the neighbours have asked for cameo roles ... and all along I thought those chains and axes and spikey things were just some dress rehearsals for haloween.
Well the last one went up finally.
I shouldn't be so derogatory about utube, they do do it for free, if I hosted it, it would cost you.
On a serious note though, and building on what Frank said and Michelle's worries, both those indoor bins and the original outside bins, have layers of vermicompost on the bottom that are like clay, plastecine,play dough..however you want to describe it. Ok the dendras love it, but so do the EF's /EA's as you can see from the vid.
Will be interesting to see what the flow through comes up with. getting the vc away from the worms really has been a hassle and frankly, stacking, so called migrating bins are, worse than useless, imho.
Can't speak for EH.Do still have a few in my flowthru though.But if you let it convert over to what we call castings,the PE and EF won't be in it in a good flowthru set up.Just remember when you make the bottom of the flowthru,dark,damp,or on rainy days it increases your chance of finding worms in the harvest.I never harvest on a rainy day.Plus vc can absorb moisture from the atmosphere at times.
Now that you say that, I bought a bunch of them at the bait and tackle shop about 3 months ago and threw them in with me EF's. Seems like all I ever do is pull them out of the catch tray at the bottom. I have a feeling that when I do a harvest in the next week or so that I am going to have a 6 inch deep tray full of babies. Fun! Fun!
To Frank,GG et al
Got 2 days at home, outta here thur back mon.
The FT is looking settled, no escapees and activity on surface, massive EH activity under the wet old mat.
Should I take the adult EH's out of the stacking bin and put them in the FT?
If I did I could find out roughly how many there are from the initial lot and it might help with population growth?
Downside might be that in 3 months time I might not have enough cocoons...the whole point of this bin is to get cocoons for Peter, but can only send in May/June.
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