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Reusing the Worm bedding that is 3 years old
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I was raising Red Worm about 3 years ago in bins with Black Kow Manure mixture and than my wife got ALS and was unable to care for the worms and they dead and now I would like to know if I could use…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Mar 11.

Makeing Worm Tea or Compost Tea
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I have stated my Vermicompost I two Utility Sinks with a 1000 Red Worms in each one, the bedding is 7 inches deep of equal part of Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss and Black Kow Manure.I put two quarts of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glenn Wilson Jun 5, 2013.

Louisiana Night Crawlers

Has anyone used the Louisiana Night Crawlers for composting?What I have been told that they are a very good worm for composting as good as the Red Worms or even better.They same to be very hard to…Continue

Started Jun 2, 2013

 

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Gardener Larry left a comment for John Wilhelm
"John, First sorry to hear about your wife. A neighbor passed with ALS and I know the toll it can take. On to your bedding question; If the worms in their last days of life started to stress they may have left behind worm casings (eggs). If you…"
Feb 24
John Wilhelm replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Reusing the Worm bedding that is 3 years old
"I really would like to know how you can tell worm castings from the bedding? Also how do you make worm tea? What I did 3 years ago was I would wet the beds and anything that came off at the bottom and into a bucket I use it as worm tea."
Feb 16
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Reusing the Worm bedding that is 3 years old

I was raising Red Worm about 3 years ago in bins with Black Kow Manure mixture and than my wife got ALS and was unable to care for the worms and they dead and now I would like to know if I could use this bedding over or even use it to make tea out of it?If I could reuse it without ant trouble?If someone could help me with this and tell me the PRO and CON's on what to do?See More
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Aug 11, 2013
Glenn Wilson replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Makeing Worm Tea or Compost Tea
"I used leachate just once and made worm tea. I am not a chemist but if the microbes are doing well the liquid coming out should make a suitable mixture. You will still need to add the proper food source and arureate mixture. Once you get a 2 to 3…"
Jun 5, 2013
Glenn Wilson replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Makeing Worm Tea or Compost Tea
"You should find coir at a nursery, it does the same job as peatmoss more or less."
Jun 5, 2013
John Wilhelm replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Makeing Worm Tea or Compost Tea
"Where can you buy Coir? I have never seen it around here. Can you re-use the drip water and put it over your worm beds? I did . Is that a NO NO? Just how much water should one put over the bed? An how often?"
Jun 5, 2013
Rob Turner replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Makeing Worm Tea or Compost Tea
"The substance that is coming from your sink drain is actually a lechate. Great for nutrients for plants, but does not have the same benefits as worm tea....worm tea is actually steeped, like your cup of green tea, for a period of 24-48 hours in…"
Jun 4, 2013
Glenn Wilson replied to John Wilhelm's discussion Makeing Worm Tea or Compost Tea
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Profile Information

When did you start composting with worms?
April 10, 2013
How were you introduced to vermicomposting?
Through my Brother-in-Law
What do your worms like to eat?
Purina Worm Food , Newspaper
What kinds of worms do you have?
Red Worms
What worm bins do you use?
Ulility Sinks
How many pounds of garbage do your worms recycle each week?
Not Much
About Me:
I live in Ohio and love gardening and would like to make my garden mor organic.

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At 11:53am on February 24, 2017, Gardener Larry said…

John,

First sorry to hear about your wife. A neighbor passed with ALS and I know the toll it can take. On to your bedding question; If the worms in their last days of life started to stress they may have left behind worm casings (eggs). If you use the bedding and it contains any casings you may be able to re-populate quicker if they are still viable. If not no big deal. I cannot think of any reason not to re-use the bedding.

Pure worm castings (worm poop) look very close to rich dark soil and smell like dirt after a rain. Of course at the bottom of any bin it is rare to have "pure" worm castings. Usually it is mixed with anything that was not digested. Maybe pieces of your original bedding any seeds etc.. This is still good to use where ever you might use worm castings for example plants, gardens or for making worm tea.

Worm tea is not necessarily the same as the stuff that comes out the bottom of your bin. The stuff that leaks out of the bottom of the bin is referred to as worm leachate.  While there may be some benefits for leachate it is not technically worm tea. I usually just dump mine in the lawn once every couple of months. (a few gallons in a tote at the bottom of my flow through bin).

Worm tea is a product that contains large amounts of the beneficial bacteria (and other organisms). Worm tea is made using worm castings, room temperature rain water (if you use tap water with fluoride or chlorine it can kill the bacteria) and molasses - then piping air through the mixture for a certain amount of time. You can find recipes online.

I am no expert but have had a worm bin for several years have made worm tea and use the castings every year for my garden and when starting plants. I hope this helps.

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