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Is there any hope of training my worms to eat black flies? 4 Replies

I am located in SW NH and I've been here the better bart of 46 years. Folks. We are not even close to the peak of black fly season yet and they are already worse that at any time I can remember. If…Continue

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Started by Bob Collinsworth. Last reply by Bob Collinsworth May 6, 2010.

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Comment by Chris on March 10, 2010 at 6:03am
I'm a retired woman living out my old hippie dream of having a small farm. I've raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and guinea fowl, but right now worms are my only animal crop. *Trying* to get good at gardening and hoping they will help me. I live in Northfield, Mass, a little slice of cold/hot/icy/buggy heaven except for the elderly Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant five miles upstream!
Comment by Duff Bromley on March 24, 2010 at 12:34pm
Vermonter checking in here. I have a COW, a Gusanito and a flow through going.
Comment by Duff Bromley on March 25, 2010 at 6:15am
Hello again. I'd like to ask If I may use this forum to ask for some info. My older brother (only 67) had a major stroke and is in Shaughnessey/Kaplan Rehab in Salem MA. We found the Salem Waterfront Hotel to be reasonable and safe. A B&B was pleasant, but on a noisy street. Anyway, we hope to have him upgraded to an acute facility - Spaulding Rehab in Boston. This could happen in a week or so. Does anyones here recommend a decent motel North of Boston.. Like off of Interstate 93? I can look on Tripadvisor, but just wondered if anyone had any personal advice on a clean place. The Rehab is near MA General on the North side so we thought we'd not venture into the city. Country mice here LOL
Comment by Chris on March 25, 2010 at 9:21am
Oh Duff I'm so sorry about your brother! Jane is in the general area so hopefully she'll know of a good place. The rehab might have a list too. Strokes can be so devastating, I sure hope he has a good recovery.

Jane, it's very frustrating! When the weather was so nice, my library put up a notice, "Are you itching to get out and garden? Come hear so-and-so talk on getting an early start." But the date for the talk is...April 28th! Lucky you with all those raised beds. My BF is handy but it is hard to get him up and running sometimes and I need my chicken coop repaired. I'm lucky to have a big garden where previous owners put in fencing and extended it down about a foot to keep out groundhogs or something. I've not had any problem with them or any critter eating my vegies; I think they prefer the huge dent corn smorgy next door! Now eating my poultry--THAT is a whole other set of problems... Makes me nervous about setting up an outdoor wormbin, my ultimate goal.

Speaking of which I got my garbage can flow-through done this weekend and it is in the kitchen. These worms don't seem to eat much. When do they get to where they are eating their weight in food every day?? I've got shredded paper and coffee grounds piling up! I hate to have to tell the coffee shop guy that I must cancel my grounds pickup, especially since I'd like to approach him about baking some goodies to sell.
Comment by Duff Bromley on March 25, 2010 at 9:29am
Chris, thanks for the kind words.

I really don't think worms ever eat their weight each day. Maybe between eating the bedding and food, yes. I get kitchen waste from a bunch of places and have plenty for the worms, but add all the excess to my outdoor bins. I have a rolling composter made of a food grade pickle barrel that I am filling up now. I roll it around on the lawn-good exercise ha ha !!
Comment by Duff Bromley on March 25, 2010 at 11:14am
Jane, Thanks. I will check that place out !

My worms really do not care for coffee grounds, so I add to my outdoor compost or mulch my berries with them. My neighbor Jerry, also on this site, says his worms love them and eat the filters and all right away. I have given him some of my grounds and they eat them up.. while my own worms avoid the same. So .. who knows the answer to that question. Bentley did some experiments with grounds and I think found they have to age a lot before the worms really go for them.
Comment by Duff Bromley on March 26, 2010 at 9:11am
Jane, thanks. He is going there at 2:30 today !! Yay !! That sounds wonderful. His daughter, my niece, is headed down today and I will suggest she check that out. Yes, it is still on Nashua St.
Comment by Bob Collinsworth on April 11, 2010 at 2:10pm
Hi Folks:

Since I am a New Englander I thought it might be fun to join the group . . . if you will have me . that is. I am personally from NH (the Keene area). Where is everyone else from?

Comment by Bob Collinsworth on April 11, 2010 at 2:15pm
Hi Chris:

I see that you live in Northfield, Mass. That is a very pretty town. We go through it quite often when heading to Rt. 91. I have always liked Northfield. My wife and I reside in Harrisville, NH.

What type of worm bins do you have going? How long have you been worming?

Comment by Bob Collinsworth on April 11, 2010 at 2:26pm
Hi Duff:

How is your brother doing? My Mom had what they called a mini-stroke some years ago. They were able to put her on medication which reduced the effects of the stroke so that she had no real debilitating symptoms remain after awhile. I hope they can do the same for your brother.

I received a call from my sister-in-law last week telling me that my brother had just had 1/3 of his lung removed . . . lung cancer with some lymph node involvement. He will be having a PET scan in a couple of weeks to see if it has metasticised further than the lymph nodes near the lung.

Getting older is not fun . . . however, it is better than the alternative. I'll be 64 this coming November and I don't mind being old. I sure do mind feeling old though. Maybe that is why I enjoy watching the worms so much. They seem to have boundless energy. Do you think my energy level might increase if I started eating garbage too?



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