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New game. Growing worms for a fisherman.


My new amputee neighbour is very keen on fishing.
My parents enjoyed fishing. I never understood why.
Remembered my mother emptying the teapot on the garden, where worms gathered to enjoy the soggy spot.
I have a long planter with last years compost in.
Yesterday dragged it over to within his hopping with crutch range, outside his kitchen door.
Put the torn up tea bags on it, with T label ’ Worms for Mike.’
As I will not be using much recycled compost from my box
during the winter months, worms will get themselves into the bottom. I can retrieve these and transfer them to ’Mike’s planter’ to breed and multiply .
Costs nothing. All good fun.

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Agree Diane, I can never see the appeal of fishing for sport either. Fishermen say the fishes' lips feel no pain but I don't believe it - anyone who has kept goldfish in a tank will know how they use their lips to sort out what is good to eat at the bottom of the tank. And even the worms on the hook feel pain, or why would they writhe and struggle?
Fishing for food is different - the fish are (hopefully) killed quickly, not tortured for fun.
(Not getting at you for your worms Diane - your neighbour may well want to eat his fish! I hope you get your share of the catch after your kindness!)

3 Dec, 2016


Fishing? I have built my own fly rods and surf poles; tie my own flys; make my own lures...turn down all hook barbs and caught and released most of my catch. When someone asks me why I release my caught fish I tell them that it is for the same reason that golfers do not burn their golf balls after playing 18 holes of golf. Why do I like fishing? Why do I like gardening? The answer is that I don't know and life is too short to find reasons and explanations for doing things that one inherently enjoys for its own sake. Diane, you don't care for fishing but you have recognized that your neighbor does and have assisted him in his enjoyment....this is simply wonderful!

3 Dec, 2016


Why do people get pleasure from killing things and causing pain ?
It doesn't make sense to me.

3 Dec, 2016


My mother was very keen on fishing. She used to go along the river bank if boys were fishing, and make sure they knew how to take the hook out of the fish's mouth without hurting it. She said 'They feel pain.' She always kept her catch in a keep net, returning them to the river before coming home.
I think now it was just a challenge, a collecting game.

3 Dec, 2016


About the worms. A month ago there were some in my recycle compost box. Then we had the frosty days.
Today I rootled around in the box, to collect them to put in
Mike's Worm Planter with the tea bags - they were not there.
I hadnt realised they feel the cold.
Like us they do their 'gardening' when its warm weather.

3 Dec, 2016


In very cold weather they can migrate as far as 2ft down where they wont be adversely affected by the cold. They have a simple brain and nervous system. They are sensitive to light too. quite sophisticated really.

4 Dec, 2016


Oh gosh. Dont tell Hywel.
It only came about because Mike wanted my Brandling Worms for his fishing expeditions, which I refused to supply. They are too thin anyway.

5 Dec, 2016


Brandling worms are not too small and this is the worm that tackle shops supply. They are small enough to tempt the smaller fish like roach/rudd. Earthworms are less common than brandling worms.

5 Dec, 2016


I am not parting with my Brandling Worms. I am fond of them. Ha ha.

5 Dec, 2016


Thats really interesting about fishing tackle shops selling Brandling Worms. I paid £18 to get mine, including postage. Seems a better option for gardeners to visit these places than pay through the nose for them by post.
Always remember to keep the compost bin damp, cover it in winter, to keep them warm, and dont use commercial rotting chemicals, orange peel, lemon peel, onions or potato waste.
I shovelled 3 builders' buckets of potting compost from the bottom of my compost bin in September, to keep for the Spring. Filled it to the top with soft green waste.

6 Dec, 2016


I always put potato, citrus and onion skins in mine and the worms don't seem to mind, isn't that curious. perhaps my Yorkshire brandlings like it more tart :o)
wow £18 that's expensive. I didn't even put worms in mine they found their own way there.

6 Dec, 2016


See 'Compost' by Clare Foster ISBN 1-84403-405-4.

7 Dec, 2016

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