"Swings" comment about building worm compost boxes brought back
My father was an avid fisherman.
A low cost source of worms was a must.
His solution was to build a worm compost pile by adding just coffee
grounds to the clay soil.
Took a couple of years, but the combination of worms and coffee
grounds turned that clay sub soil into sandy loam.
BTW, no need to dig for worms.
A couple of metal rods stuck into the ground and a source of 120 VAC
would "tickle" the worms right out of the ground.
On Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:57:28 -0700, Lew Hodgett wrote:
We used to go out to the city parks and golf courses and collect
nightcrawlers. Brought them home and put them in a container of coffee
grounds and cornmeal. Kept them hale and hearty and apparently the fish
loved the taste.
Memories from 60 years ago :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
Besides gathering night crawlers; a cane pole, hook, line, sinker and
cork bobber, we always took along broom and/or a straw hat.
Either of the latter two were all you needed to catch grasshoppers; and
the sac-au-lait and bass loved live grasshoppers in the spring and summer.
... fishing for free, nothing like it. Catching your dinner was a rite
of passage and fun to boot.
AAMOF, I didn't know you could even buy "bait" until I was about 14 and
living in Texas. By then we'd graduated to a $10 Zebco spinning combo.
That rig, and yellow Shyster's, which you could buy for a quarter at the
counter of any country, crossroads grocery store, would catch you all
the largemouth bass you could carry from a farmer's stock tank.
In the 50's, the fisherman neighbor did the same with two large screw
drivers connected to a zip cord. Just poked them into the damp ground
and plugged in. Night crawlers came bubbling up out of his lawn.
Later, he had a large elm cut down on the corner of his property. Every
dog in the neighborhood wandered by and lifted his leg on that stump.
The neighbor modified one side of his worm machine with a metal plate on
top of the stump and the other screw driver into the ground close by.
You can guess the rest...
No dogie fatalities that I remember and also no repeat leg lifters.
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