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When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
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I'm a relatively new vermicomposter. I am a city girl with a vermicomposter. I am growing organic veggies in containers (to protect from the toxicity of city soil). When I harvest my worms, I get…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Carruthers Mar 17, 2014.

 

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Ian Carruthers replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"If you only have a few worms then hand pick them out and replace in your worm bin, otherwise simply leave them in & they will benefit your garden they contain beneficial bacteria and I read somewhere nitrogen (perhaps in protien). The eggs are…"
Mar 17, 2014
Jill replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"When I moved my worms into a bigger home, I used a straw cut on the diagonal to fish out the cocoons (http://lilliworm.blogspot.com/2008/06/saving-pods-eggs-cocoons.html).  When I harvest the compost, I use a giant colander over an old dry wall…"
Mar 9, 2014
John Craig replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"thanks! would not worry about it. will soon be legal in all 50 states."
Mar 7, 2014
Gardener Larry replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"The last time I tried this I used a large piece of sturdy card board that I folded into a "V" shape. The one feature that eggs have over castings is that they are pretty round and roll when placed on a piece of folder cardboard. I placed…"
Mar 5, 2014
Janis Clone replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"Mike,  I think we all just believe it at its word. Because the worms will hatch out of the eggs even after freezing solid in a compost pile during the winters months."
Feb 21, 2014
Mike M replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"I read worm worm eggs can survive many months out of the soil and even freezing temps and still be viable.   Has anyone found this to be the truth or is the just a " Internet rumor ?" "
Feb 21, 2014
jimmie davis replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"My method was use a extremely small screen but I lost about 70 percent of my eggs and had issues getting all of the compost out of the screen."
Feb 20, 2014
John Craig replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"I know they sell cocoons on the internet but do not know how they separate them.  If you find out... please let me know."
Feb 20, 2014
Dancer replied to Stephen McGuire's discussion Worm tea
"Don, thanks for the clarification. OK, sounds like making worm tea is a multi-step process, and not an easy thing to do for someone who has a small worm bin in her kitchen.   So - what do people do with worm leachete? I was told I could use it…"
Jul 6, 2011
Dancer replied to Stephen McGuire's discussion Worm tea
"What do people do with their worm tea. I'm a relative beginner, and I have been using my worm tea, diluted, to water the garden. What do other folks do with their worm tea??"
Jul 5, 2011
Jennie replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"My outfit is still small, I just use one of those sand sifter that comes in kids SandBox toys. If I miss some cocoons, then I guess that they are "wild" worms, luckily I have cows that live behind me, so they will be able to find…"
Jun 23, 2011
David Gonia replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"On my first several harvests, since I was trying to build my herd, I obsessed on saving cocoons and babies. Once I built up a small stockpile of VC, I just began putting the VC aside in a cool dark place and gave the cocoons a chance to hatch out.…"
Jun 18, 2011
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"Great - could you send me a link? Are there folks in the Boston area? I'd love to talk w/folks. (Talking is easier for me than keeping track of emails and notes.) Thanks    "
Jun 17, 2011
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Jun 17, 2011
John Duffy replied to Dancer's discussion When harvesting worms, how do you, if you do, save the cocoons?
"I would hire some little kids. My 4 year old grand daughter has a "touch" of OCD...ok, a BIG touch!  I showed her what worm eggs looked like and she and her 6 year old brother helped me separate worms, eggs & VC during my last…"
Jun 16, 2011

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When did you start composting with worms?
May 1, 2010
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
New England Flower Show
What do your worms like to eat?
coffee!
What kinds of worms do you have?
red worms
What worm bins do you use?
3-tiered worm bin
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
2

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At 8:55pm on June 16, 2011, Stephen McGuire said…
welcome dancer. feel free to post comments and questions. check out my group new england wormers.
At 8:50pm on June 17, 2011, Stephen McGuire said…

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