VERMICOMPOSTING WITH POTTED PLANTS

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Back in January we decided to try putting a handful of worms into one of our larger potted plants. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/01/17/worms-in-potted-plants/   It’s been two months and time for an update.  We’ve observed a few changes in soil structure, the leaf litter is composting faster and the soil is retaining more moisture.  Indeed the first few centimetres are looser and have more Humus.  But…(yes there’s always a but)  we were only able to find one emaciated worm.  It has been shown that Red composting worms require a richer diet than is provided by monoculture leaf litter.  Not really a stunning scientific breakthrough, so, is it this the end of the road for our little squirmy friends…. of course not.  We’re going to feed them!   Just like an indoor bins we can build up the population and see how they fare in a non-famin habitat. 

4 Responses to VERMICOMPOSTING WITH POTTED PLANTS

  1. Kay Wade says:

    I’ve fretted about not getting all my worms out of the compost I spread around the plants, and not having food to eat. This does not make me feel better!

    • admin says:

      I’m with you on that one (the fretting) we’ve done a few posts on this topic, http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2011/12/13/worms-in-the-wild/ and our Vermicomposting facility uses manure to “grow” our castings. I’ve seen a couple of greenhouses which employ a successful raised bed systems that have red worm colonies. Keep in mind that conditions in the plant pot I’m using could be compromised to begin with. Don’t despair, I’ll keep trying to figure out a guilt free way to make this work! Thanks kindly for your input 🙂

    • admin says:

      Very true Super D. Earthworms are perfectly suited to life in top soil or the soil of a plant pot. I too have found them after years in large plant pots when repotting.

  2. Damien says:

    Earth worms would work better for that, I had two fat ones survive a long time at the bottom of a plant that I had.

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