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My past experience with worms has not been good.

But...

  • At the school garden we had a worm farming project underway (3 black plastic bins -last term, last year)  with the tutelage from   the Ag dept at the Caboolture High School.It was going great guns.
  • Until we got hit by a succession of vandal attacks that destroyed the setup. 
  • I'm sure it is recoverable as the cocoons should still be viable, right?
  • Although it is still hot, the worm farm is at the coolest end of our shade tunnel...and since we are locating as much activity inside the tunnel as we can during this first term heat, I'd like to sponsor worm farming back into the schedule without waiting on the arduous curriculum processes.
  • So if I redo the beds and start feeding (independent of the kids) how long will it take to get active woomery do you reckon? I want  tangible wriggles that will tweak the engagement  of all grades.

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I agree, there should be lots of viable cocoons.  I suspect that if you gather as much of the castings as possible, it should come back to life.  Looks like it will take 2 - 3 months before you are breeding again.  However there should be enough little wrigglers for the kids to see.  It might be fun for them to watch them grow from babies.  I'd be sacrificing some avocado and rock melon slice to really get them going.  

Quote: "There are no 'intermediate' stages ... just egg,miniature worms that are sexually mature in 2-3 months,and reach adult size in 1 year."  https://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090921060229AAXS9qp

 

We went on holidays over Christmas for 3 weeks and the girls who was supposed to look after our worms forgot to feed them and water them. I thought they had all died. Well to my surprise now after 2 months I can see more and more. So yes from experience I know they are still there.

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