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I'm on my third cycle of 5 gallon buckets.  Today, I started another one with cardboard, rabbit manure, coconut coir, and lots of live oak leaves.  I'd like to get my hands on some maple leaves at some point, but I don't think maples survive well in the heat we get in Florida. Live oaks are very prevalent.

I wet everything down well and added 22 eisenia foetidas. I'm not quite sure why I picked 22, but a couple of handfuls of material from one of my other bins yielded 22 worms.

In my other 5 gallon bucket experiments, moisture needed to be monitored closely for the first couple of weeks. After things are going for a while the moisture takes care of itself.

Anyone care to guess how many worms those 22 will multiply after 4 months? 

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Comment by Jay on January 23, 2011 at 4:55pm
you will have exactly 215 worms
Comment by Paula Allen on January 23, 2011 at 6:30pm

175 and thats my final answer. 

Comment by bpearcy10 on January 23, 2011 at 6:39pm
I'm guessing 143. Ha. Ha.
Comment by dave on February 3, 2011 at 11:39am

I will say... 188 worms (including the original 22).

Are you leaving this outside, unattended and not adding anymore food? just curious, dave

Comment by Sue on February 3, 2011 at 3:01pm

Sorry Brian, you didn't say if those 22 are all mature (w. clitellum) or mix or all babies/juveniles or golden ager or what?
For a guess after a 4 month period I think this info is important. 

And the winner is ...........................

Comment by bpearcy10 on February 3, 2011 at 5:53pm

Sue,

The 22 were all mature breeders.

Dave,

The worms are in my garage. There are holes in the lid, but the lid is on the bucket. I will add some more rabbit manure when the original batch has been processed.

 

 

Comment by Sue on February 3, 2011 at 6:15pm
I'm guessing you'll have 65 worms + a bunch of cocoons.
Comment by Paula Allen on February 3, 2011 at 6:43pm
Im still sticking with my 175.  You can have the Porsche Carrea Turbo delivered to my home.  (that is the prize if I get it right?)  Oh and make sure its an automatic transmission cant drive a stick. 
Comment by KEITH SHUMAKER on February 3, 2011 at 7:09pm

PAULA

 I AM SURE YOU WOULD LEARN TO DRIVE A STICK IF SOMEONE GAVE YOU A PORSCHE CARREA THAT WAS A STICK LOL

Comment by bpearcy10 on February 3, 2011 at 7:19pm

Paula,

The Porsche 911 Carrera (185 mph top speed and 25 mpg) does sound nice, but I must admit that it is a little above my "fun money" budget. Will you settle for bragging rights and the admiration of your vermicomposting peers?

I'm personally partial to the Ford GT, but if I was fortunate enough to have one I'd probably never drive it for fear that someone would run into me.

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