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    This is kind of crazy. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] I love seeing worms in my garden. The more - the better! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I understand why you wouldn't want them in cp's, though.
    Outside, when it rains, worms leave the sodden ground & usually end up on the street or sidewalk where they can breathe. I would think you would have to keep your pots submerged for quite a while & then make sure they don't get back in.
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    I have practiced vermiculture (intentionally keeping and breeding worms) for several decades now. In my bamboo beds, I maintain cultures of two different species in the mulch under the bamboo plants. I feed them the kitchen waste instead of having it added to our landfill problem.

    I have, on occasion, intentionally seeded some CP pots and trays with young worms. I have then observed the worms perform their duties. I have seen them eat the velvet like moss from the soil surface and tunnel through the media increasing aeration for the plants roots. Earthworms do not cause rot, but they do eat rotting plant and animal refuse, reducing levels of potential latent pathogens and generally increasing the health of the plants they minister too.

    However, I would not recommend keeping them with seedlings or seedling pots as they may have a tendency to bury the seed or seedlings in their castings.
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    My father and grandfather raised worms (for when they went fishing). My grandfather had a huge cinderblock bin filled with so many you could literally HEAR them. It was gross. Every so often he'd feed them...toss in some scoopfuls of cornmeal and then turn the soil (rich, black, loose soil). My father raised them in a tin pan in our basement. I'll bet not too many people have heard their father say after dinner "Well I guess I'll go feed the worms." [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Of course I'll also bet not too many people grew up thinking toilet paper, tissues and paper towels came out of your attic.



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    Joseph, yeah the worms are good for aeration and all, but what about their castings? Aren't they rich in nutrients? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]
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