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> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 17:07:57 -0000
> From: "Phillip Hansen" <skilphil at pixie_co.za>
> Subject: Earthworms
> Last summer I made up up box as per some article for a earthworm unit. It
> had a tight fitting lid and drainage holes at the bottom.
> I had a problem in that any food put inside went mouldy before being eaten.
> The colony declined. Over winter I stuck the box in a shed and left it.
> Last weekend I took it out and found that there were still a few live
> worms. I would like to get the whole thing going again.
> Should there be holes in the top to breathe (stop the mould)
> Will I need to resead the colony to get it going or rely on the existing
> few to propogate.
What kind of worms are you using? The garden kind are suited to living
in ordinary soil and don't do well in worm boxes. You need "manure worms"
also known as "red wrigglers" which thrive in an environment full of
rotting organic matter.