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#1 User is offline   Natsk 

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 09:30 AM

Hi, there's this blue worm which is used for composting. I like to know if all worms do the same job? I don't think I am ready to do any worm composting but I saw some worms in my potting medium (tref and compost mix). Will these work to break down food scraps? I had been burying fruit/veg peels, tea leaves, egg shells . I check on the soil after some days and most seem to have disintegrated... Does it mean the worms are working hard? I cut my food scraps finely to expedite the process - erm, or so I imagine it would ...
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Posted 20 March 2015 - 06:21 PM

the leave breakdown is just the natural process of decomposition , nothing got to do with the earthworm. Vermin composting earthworm is a different breed.
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Posted 21 March 2015 - 09:47 AM

In my opinion, the several types of earthworms can be used for composting stuff. Malaysian blue earthworm...said to be one of the species, however, I can't ID them as all the earthworms look about the same.
An author of a book stated that earthworm in pots is not very good, as they break down the potting mix.
I suppose for composting, worms are nice to have some. For pots, it is not necessarily good for some types of plants.
For community garden plots, it will be natural to have them around.
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Posted 21 March 2015 - 09:33 PM

So if I spot worms in my conatiners, should I be terminating them ???
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:00 AM

In theory, some people think it is better to remove them.

Found some info in the www...Put the pot into a tub of water to saturate the soil and the earthworms may be driven out.
Although when you put a pot into a tub, the potting soil may be floating out, so maybe put half a tub of water.
There are always some small earthworms in my pots. Flush one pot, they will be back soon, as they can travel from one pot to another if the floor is wet.I don't try to remove these worms. If I'm taking cuttings, then I try to pick them out of the soil when preparing the soil.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:42 AM

That why u change pot once a year .
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Posted 23 March 2015 - 12:43 PM

I think it is variable on how often to change pot. Sometimes a few months, sometimes after several years. It depends on what plants that are grown.

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 08:05 PM

View PostAhSeng, on 21 March 2015 - 09:47 AM, said:

In my opinion, the several types of earthworms can be used for composting stuff. Malaysian blue earthworm...said to be one of the species, however, I can't ID them as all the earthworms look about the same.
An author of a book stated that earthworm in pots is not very good, as they break down the potting mix.
I suppose for composting, worms are nice to have some. For pots, it is not necessarily good for some types of plants.
For community garden plots, it will be natural to have them around.


In my opinion, the author is incorrect. Just add more compost . Breaking down the potting mix allows air to go into the root area
forcing the plant to renew the roots.

I introduce earthworms into my fruit plants pots and I am very happy to see worm casts on the top of the soil.. so I am
getting *Free Fresh* nutrients.

I dig a hole and place rotting fruits and cover back with soil to allow worms to work on the rotting fruit and give me
free worm cast.
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Posted 23 April 2015 - 08:08 PM

View PostAhSeng, on 23 March 2015 - 12:43 PM, said:

I think it is variable on how often to change pot. Sometimes a few months, sometimes after several years. It depends on what plants that are grown.


I received a taiwanese giant custard apple plant in its original pot. It was not growing much even after I added seasol and other nutrients.
So I smashed the clay pot open and place into a new plastic pot that is bigger by 30%.

I added new soil around the side and seasol the whole mix.

Within 1 month new leaves started to sprout and I can see new root growth. The plant was dormant for as long as the previous
owner kept it in its original pot.

It now has 1 fruit set and it has started to flower.

When the pot is too small and the plant needs to have a larger root network to continue growing
changing to a new slightly larger pot would be beneficial.

Just add quality compost to fill the gap.

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Posted 23 April 2015 - 08:24 PM

View PostNatsk, on 21 March 2015 - 09:33 PM, said:

So if I spot worms in my conatiners, should I be terminating them ???


All worms are good for your plants. Dont need to do anything.
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Posted 29 April 2015 - 01:50 AM

Thanks!!
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