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Vermiculture - advice needed


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Kirsten09-May-03 09:30 AM EST 3b   
Susan09-May-03 11:41 AM EST 6a   
Kirsten09-May-03 08:01 PM EST 3b   


Subject: Vermiculture - advice needed
From: Kirsten
Zone: 3b
Date: 09-May-03 09:30 AM EST

Hello, everyone, I was hoping that among you many enthusiastic gardeners there might be one or two who could solve a problem I'm having with my worms: Last fall I got some composting worms ('Red Wigglers') and they're eating and munching away their veggie scraps happily. Unfortunately they're sharing their home with some tiny bugs which were not really invited. I wouldn't mind that much if it wasn't for the fact that those tiny bugs seem to eat everything that comes their way. I noticed that, when I use the liquid fertilizer the worms produce and some of the bugs happen to be in there, they will eat the roots of whatever plant they ended up with. I tried to clean my compost bin, getting all the worms out etc. but it seems that I missed some eggs of those bugs and now they're in my bin again. The bugs are white (almost transparent)and tinier than a pin head. I can't use insect soap as it would kill my worms, and I hate the idea of getting rid of my worms since they're really multiplying and doing well. Any advice or suggestions? It would be greatly appreciated Thanks Kirsten


Subject: RE: Vermiculture - advice needed
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 09-May-03 11:41 AM EST

Your best bet may be to contact your worm supplier and ask for their advice. Or, you could try contacting Pennies Lane to Vermicomposting at brandy@worldchat.com or The Worm Factory at wormfact@perth.igs.net Was your supplier one of those two?

(If you attempt to contact either of them and the e-mail address is invalid, please let me know...)


Subject: RE: Vermiculture - advice needed
From: Kirsten
Zone: 3b
Date: 09-May-03 08:01 PM EST

Hi, Susan, thanks for your hints. Actually, I got the worms from a friend (last october) and they were doing quite well all winter. I used the liquid to fertilize all my houseplants. It's been only recently that there's this 'invasion' of tiny bugs...maybe they came with something I put in the bin??? I'll try the send a mail to the links mentioned. Thanks again


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