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5/19/11 11:23 P

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My schefflera loves coffee grounds!


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Hi yvonne, I've been gardening most of my life and grow organic vegetables and fruit in a raised-bed garden. In setting up a compost pile, most fruit and vegetable peelings are great for the compost bed. Straw, leaves from the yard are also good to use. It is important to balance the compost with fresh 'green-colored' items and then add 'brown-colored' items too.
Then, you can go down to your friendly bait and tackle shop and buy the fishing worms and dig a little hole in the middle of your compost and place them in the hole and cover them up. Be sure to add water from time to time for your compost pile to decompose faster if it hasn't rained in a couple of weeks. The worms will do their eating and turn your compost into a beautiful black gold for your garden...good luck!


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I started a compost bin using a rubber tote, I cut two large hoels in the bottom and others in the side for ventilation. WOrms have come up into the compost and it is working good

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Last year, after moving to a new place with very hard, compacted soil, I added at least five truckloads of mulched wood/tree litter from arborists. They need a place to dump the "waste" or it just goes to the landfill. Just by adding this free organic material to the surface areas, I saw a large increase in the earthworm population by the end of last summer. And this spring, the soil is already much easier to work. I expect the soil to continue to improve with time but somebody else will reap the benefits as I have moved again.
Add organic matter and the earth worms population will increase.


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Word of caution about Miracle Grow. I have never used it until this year. Thinking I would give my tomato plants a boost, I mixed it in the advised proportion for my tomato plants, but didn't read the rest of the instructions close enough and got some on the leaves. They all wilted and died within the next day. When I checked the package on Miracle Grow it says not to spray on the plants so I learned my lesson the hard way. Those plants were $3.50 per plant and I had 4. Thank goodness when I went by a small discount grocery I happened to notice they had the yellow lemon boy tomato plants like I had purchased for $1.50 for 4 plants so I got 12 plants and put them out in pots. I am keeping the Miracle Grow away from my tomatos plants from now on. emoticonemoticon

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emoticon for all of the responses. I guess I should have said that I container garden as my soil is the pits. there is no way that worms will climb into my pots by themselves. I will have to learn how to compost sp that I will be ready for next year's garden. I guess this year will mean adding Miracle Grow or fish emulsion.



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You can add coffee grounds including the paper filters to your worm bin.
After use coffee grounds are still slightly acidic, so they are fine around acid loving plants. However, they are not usualy acidic enough to lower the PH of the soil enough to make much difference so you will still need to use other things to keep the soil at the proper ph for those plants.



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Those of you who use coffee grounds.... can you add those to a worm bin?

I also heard these are good around any acid loving plants. Any experience with that?

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Hmmm, I'll have to look into this...emoticon


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I first read about purchasing earth worms in Organic Gardening and Mother Earth News. What I found with my experience with buying earth worms is that if you feed them and nurture them and you buy from a region similar to yours (I have never heard about Walmart Earth worms) then you get a jump start on having a good garden from the first year that gets better over time. Before I purchased mine I read all I could on how to purchase them and care for them once I got them. I think that makes a difference in your experience.

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I'm in agreement with most of the other responders.
By adding organic material, the worms will come. The worms need something to eat, which is the organic material. By supplying the organic material you will improve your soil and the worms will come and move it through your soil.



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I happen to be a science teacher and worms are great for the garden. However, the worms from Walmart are actuallly Canadian. Therefore if you live in TX; like I do. They won't survive our heat. I use these in my children's Wiggly Worm class and when I'm done I throw them in my garden. I know they won't make it but I figure they will decompose and nourish the garden.

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I have never worried about the mold as it is part of the break down process. I also dug the grounds into the soil so they were mixed with soil in the garden and other compost in the compost heap.

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how do you keep mold away from your coffee grounds? I always try to save them or add them to my plants & end up with mold!

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Yes, when I added them in the location where there had been none before I added compost and coffee grounds. Earthworms love coffee grounds and will usually stay where coffee grounds are in the mulch.

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Hi yvonne, if your soil is poor adding organic material like composted leaves or hafter garden is over bury veggie scraps to compost in place over winter that will attract worms, if you add them they will be more likely to stay, check into composting

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I've never had to add worms, I have plenty. My ex husband once explained to me why it's good to have earth worms, something about their excrement. I have found a good article about them.

www.gardenstew.com/blog/e3-17-earthworms-i
n-the-garden--earthworm-facts.html


My neighbors probably think I'm weird, because I talk to the worms in my garden all of the time, I even apologize for interrupting them...but, then again, my neighbors are probably used to me being weird & talking to thing...I talk to bees, my plants, worms,ect...

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Over 30 years ago in a different location I did and it did work. Where we moved later there were plenty so I have never needed to add any.

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Not knowing much about worms five years ago when I moved to this house, which had very poor soil (clay and rocks) and at least three times more grubs per square foot than worms, I tried adding worms as well as compost. Yup, my soil's better now, and I have more worms than grubs, but it's not from adding the worms. It's from adding and re-adding compost layers. Turns out the worms I bought probably died over the winter. Now it's also politically incorrect to add red wrigglers to outdoor soil. They're great for vermiculture (some consider worm poop black gold as well), but are considered a foreign invasive species--even though I'm far enough north for the ground to freeze and kill them over winters. But adding the municipal leaf waste compost was very good--worms probably came to that luxurious (to them) enviornment, or simply survived that would've died in the clay and stone mix.. and they reproduced. And milky spore did its job of killing the grubs (japanese beetle larvae). So .good luck and happy gardening!

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Someone told me that you can buy a bucket of earth worms at your local Walmart or Fishing/Bait stores. It is supposed to make your soil breathe better resulting in healthier plants. Has anyone tried this before?

If so, do you add the worms before or after you plant your plants?



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