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Oh no, what to do with my worms?!

SkollSunChaser

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I just got done pulling the dead tomatoes out of my garden when I thought, "hey I'll start collecting the worms!" Well, I'm a little over-ambitious and grabbed up a TON of worms, and now I have no idea what to do with them. Right now they're sitting in a little dog food bowl with some dirt in it, and I would really like to get them safe so that I can start a farm.

Any suggestions on how to make a cheap one, and how to tide my little dudes over until I can get the supplies?
 

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Also, if you were feeding the tomato plants or using pesticides on them ..or even around them (as worms travel quite a bit) there is a small chance the worms could contain dangerous amounts of harmful chemicals..

The chances are you will be fine,- I just wanted to highlight the possible hidden danger

By keeping them longer, the keeping/feeding process will clean the worms gut out a bit, getting rid of any potentially contaminated soil there..
You could also soak the worms in water and/or rinse them before you feed them to your animals.
 

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I delegate to my eight year old son. He takes a day's worth of New York times, and shreds them. Then they are soaked in water, dried until moist but not dripping. These are placed on the bottom of a container so they are about two-three inches thick. Then around three inches of soil and then 200-300 worms. Three months later, he starts harvesting for his newts. The trick is to keep the soil moist, but not wet. Pools of water seem to be deadly for worms.
 

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Thank you, I actually went back several pages to see what to do about it...and I found that my garden worms were not suitable for farming. Which was a real shame, because I had some huge ones.
 
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