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matt

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hi guys, carrying on with the bait theme, is there any way of collecting worms from the garden lawn? is it a case of waiting for it to rain and then going out with torch or is there a way of cheating[?][:p]

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orright mat

try warm soapy water ,poor it on the grass and the worms will come up in no time

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For little red-worms put an old piece of
carpet over bare soil or compost (damp
newspaper works too). Leave for a couple
of days, lift and presto! there they are!



For lobs you can get a garden fork and
stick it into your lawn. Waggle it and
try hitting it with a mallet. The worms
come up in no time.

ps. This is the accepted reliable method of
"Worm Charming". The world championships
are held here in Willaston where I live.
My Son and I won the "Heaviest Worm" trophy
last year! [:D]






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what weight was the worm mate (lol)

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i remember havingto do a "worm survey"at school many years ago.technical stuff this,its helped alot in life....mark off 1 square meter of turf,poor cold soapy water all over the plot,count the worms.....wern't school great1

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Matt for Red Worms just pop in any local farm and have a word with the farmer and get permission to put a fork in his Dung Heap.

In no time at all you'll get enough worms for a few trips.

For Lob's though the soapy water is the best way (but clean them off once collected).



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If you do try soapy water wash any worms very well to remove all traces of soap as this will kill them if you dont.

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The soapy water doesn't do the lawn a lot of good either [:p][:p]

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Trevski

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Watering the lawn is a great way to get the worms to surface.
Thats why its BANNED at the charming championships. [:D]

We won heaviest worm with a worm of 3.7oz
It was a lean year and well short of the record which is over 6oz!



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For collecting lobs i like to leave the hose on the lawn for about an hour untill it looks flooded. it soon goes down then at about 10 at night i go out and almost guaranteed there will be enough lobs for a session. Always works[;)] For redworms my grandad has an old barrel he puts the grass cuttings in they always seems to be a few worms in there. Or you could just start a wormery and hey presto worms all the time[;)][;)][;)]

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Collecting worms is a doddle, but the following should maximise your haul.

Give the lawn a good watering, doesn't need to be for long.
You need a torch and a dry rag.

When it's dark go out and tip-toe across the lawn using only the edge of the light beam to find the worms that will be stretched out across the lawn, but, they will have one end in their worm hole.

If you step too heavy on the lawn or allow the centre of the strong light beam to hit them they will be down their hole like a shot.

After you have crept up on worm you will probably not be able to tell which end is down the hole as it'd under the grass. So you need to use the dry towel wrapped around your finger and put quite a bit of pressure on the middle of the worm. When you do this they try and contract down the hole.

You then know which end of the worm is down the hole; that is the end that you grab with the other hand and pull it out. If you try and grab the end of the worm that is out of the hole, when you lift it up it will disappear forever.

It works for me.


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Just a quick tip [:D] I like to put a duster (the yellow sort) held on by an elastic band over the front of the torch. Work wonders the beam of light is bright enough to see the worms but doesn't scare them [;)] Also maybe some sand on your hands to help grip the worms or something [:D]

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Good tips.

One thing about the torch. Put RED paper/cellophane over the front.
This filters most of the light the worms are sensitive to.
(So my Grandad used to say. Never tried it myself. There's so many
worms in my garden that I just fork over a small patch of soil [:D])


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thanks for all the info regarding the art of worm charming, i shall be trying to collect as many worms as i can from my garden over the next couple of days for a river match on sunday. once again, thanks for the advice guys - very helpful
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Adult worms are very fond of mint,especially when in mating
season,so empty a packet of polos out & arrange them on across your lawn in slalem fashion,1in apart.Just before dark water the lawn,this takes some of the mint flavour into the soil & attracts worms from a wide area.wait till
an hour after dark,then go out & just pick up the polo's.
EASY,you dont even need a torch,which is great as we don't even have electricity.
 

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Welcome to maggot drowners Lprekorn.

Tight Lines


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lprekorn

you say then just pick up the polo mints?

does that mean that the worms are sucking on the the mints (lol)
Ps
is the normal ones best or the spearmint

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After years of research i can tell you that the type
of polo isnt half as important as how they are arranged
on the lawn.The pattern has to resemble a "giant slalem"
for it to be most effective.This is because the worms we have
in Ireland & the UK originally came over from the nordic
countries 2000 yrs ago.like the viking ships,they came over in
hollowed out mellons & potatoes,landed in Scotland,did'nt like it
,ventured south,built hadrians cast acrross the top of England
& settled.The current worm population are'nt really
aware of all this,but anything "nordic" seems to awaken some
kind of natural instinct in them.I used to use abba tapes but
the giant slalem is by far the best,just lay out the polos,leave them to it,go out once its dark & you know when a large crowd has gathered
as you can hear COWBELLS!
 
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