Wanting to buy worms

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  1. macree

    macree Junior Member

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    I'm about to start a worm farm, and am looking for a supplier to get me started. Does anyone here sell worms or can point me to a good supplier?

    Thanx

    Ree
     
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    gardenlen Group for banned users

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    the nearest i know to you is:

    mutha mountain worm farm
    near gympie on the south eastern side.

    telephone number is:
    5483 5403

    len, if you ring hank or kath tell them i sent you no gain for me just trying to help both ends. :D :) 8)
     
  3. macree

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    Thanx a million for that Len. I most certainly will do!
     
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    gardenlen Group for banned users

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    g'day cath,

    actually they are friends of ours from around 25 years ago we lost contact totally and hey they turn up living near gympie selling worms, when we went their to get some worms it was shocks all round :lol: small world hey and all things go round. for the first 4 years we lived there we never knew they where so close.

    len :D
     
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    "coincidiences" really are amazing - aren't they?

    We're setting the tubs up in the next day or so, then we'll get in touch with Hank or Kath.

    I'll let you know how we get on.

    Cheers

    Ree
     
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    Hi all,

    Bunnings and k-mart sell worms too.

    Things to note when buying worms, don't buy worms that come in plastic takeaway tubs unless it's for fishing :shock:
    for a worm farm to be succesful, it needs the entire spectrum of worms, from lots of eggs, to tiny hatchlings, to mediums and big old ones, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters and all the mums and dads.

    Then you need to make them as horny as possible straight away,
    if their not bonking then their won't be more eggs coming along and there will be a gap in the generations.
    A worm fattening mix will do the trick, 'cos the worms are very into a fatmix, they won't just sit there, eating all the bedding material first.
    they'll come up and eat the fatmix and socialise whilst the eggs and babies have peace below in the bedding.

    Worms regulate their population according to supply of food.
    if there is always a good supply of rotted material in moist conditions, then they will be at the highest population.
    so if you know of someone with an exsisting bin that's working, removing 2000 worms once a month will go unoticed, the worms soon top it up.

    If you have chooks then another treat is to put in a few eggs, chip a little hole and the worms will enjoy the egg drink, then use the shell caves as hiding spots until they eat that too :lol:

    sliced mango i think is their favorite thing of all appart from lime.
     
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    worms

    At a workshop on worms and other related topics the presenter suggested wrapping scraps in newspaper to make small packages. That way the scraps were all neat and less smelly, and the worms could still eat everything – including the sheets of newspaper.
    I liked the suggestion.
     
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    smelly? no smell at all with a working worm farm.
    what scraps are smelly? peeled vege's? nah.
    have you got one? if it smells then there's a prob.
    the smell he has would of been from rotting stuff not being eaten,
    so way way too much, but i reckon he's put in dairy or meat or poo.

    The only smell you get is like compost that's been very well processed,
    it's almost like a pine smell, very subtle and pleasant.
    so his theory is wrong, and if you maintain a good level of food it will all be eaten, wet newspaper is good too, they'll eat that when there's no veg' matter to their liking, and if it is wet it will break open anyways and you'll still have an untidy wormfarm.

    did he mention Lime?
    lime is what will clean up any smell and speed up the unrotted vege's.
    worms absolutely love it on their veg'
    a light cover of dried grass over it all and watered will cut the smell until it's back to normal too.

    oh, it could also be too wet, soggy bedding will smell pretty bad, mines been running for 4 years and never a smell, and I didn't even do a workshop on worms :)
     
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    Yummy,yummy bring on the main course I,m starving.
     
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    Evening all.

    If it smells you could put some mollasses in it, it helps and the worms dont mind at all. 8) 8)

    Regards,
    Turkey. :D :D
     
  12. Sonya

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    Hi,

    Bob Lewis at Landsborough Worm Farm sells good quality stock - excellent set up and very knowledgeable.

    Remember to bacterialise their food - with molasses, liquid worm castings, Natrakelp or similar - worms eat the microbes that eat the food.

    Good luck with your worm farm!

    Cheers,

    Sonya. :hello2:
     
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    Sorry Ree, should have mentioned - Bob will mail them to you.

    Sonya
     
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    ? Nature will supply the worms

    Had a 2 tier plastic worm farm years ago it worked OK

    I set it up again with no worms 6 months ago I think it is slowly coming along being populated form the ground it sits on, I cannot give an indication that it works at 100% but it does work.

    The reason I did this was some of the worm farm type worms are not so good for fishing,
    I guess I succeeded in what I wanted here because as far as I know I get the best worms for the job
     
  15. Worm farming composting toilet

    Does anyone have any experience using worms to break down material in a composting toilet?

    We have been using our own design of composting loo for four years, and it takes about a year after it is full to break down to useable compost. We are wondering whether adding worms to the barrel (after it is full) would produce a better product and more quickly.

    Contents are the usual, plus chopped barely straw.

    If this is possible, can anyone suggest a supplier in the area between Brisbane and Toowoomba.

    Thanks

    Gordon and Hanneke
     
  16. paints

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    re worms

    There used to be a worm farm supplier in Landsborough we first got our worm farms from him he was very knowledgeable and gave us a very good deal.
    Perhaps a google search would help. If you still require the number I can try to find it??
     
  17. Cornonthecob

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    I brought some worms from Bob Lewis today, lovely bloke to talk to, would reccommend him to anyone! Cost me $60 for a kg (4000) of worms...which is heaps cheaper than what I would have had to pay if I had brought them here!

    :)
     
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    g'day Gordon and Hanneke,

    yes we used composting worm in our toilet they worked extremely well, and lots cheaper than buying the recommended enzime. we kept our composting worms going in the garden beds and harvested them from there as we needed them, but running a worm farm could make that a whole lot easier to do?

    we also had our loo bins where they got good sun in the winter to keep them warmer so the worms would still work.

    len
     
  19. Re: re worms

    Thanks to Paints and Cornonthecob for this information. 4,000 worms might be a bit too many to start off with - we are still planning our no-dig garden beds. But have filed this contact away for later.
     
  20. Hi Len
    that's useful advice. Thanks.
    What kind of worms did you use? Sounds like they may have been African Night Crawlers if they needed to be kept warm??

    Assume you were using them in an active composting loo?

    We have just changed over bins and, rather than wait a year or so for the full bin to compost, thought we'd try worms in it.

    Do you know if they will work their way through a full bin, or are they purely surface feeders and unlikely to burrow deep enough?

    As for the new bin, will try worms in it when it has a bit of "body".

    We don't need lots of worms to get this started, and don't yet have our no-dig beds in place. Someone locally suggested using African Night Crawlers from a bait shop as a source of small quantities of worms (though expensive).

    Has anyone had any experience with such a source of composting worms?

    Gordon and Hanneke
     

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