Catching Worms

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Catching worms is something I normally used to do with my Dad. Rest his soul. The greatest pleasure I got from catching worms was being able to throw them at my brother and hear him scream like a little girl. LOL Don’t scold now, he was a whole year older than I was. He was a boy. I am or was a girl. Now I am a Lady . Ok  OK OK a tomboy and loving every minute of it

Good old Dad had himself a sense of humour. He was telling me how to catch worms with electricity. As a kid I did not believe him, so he set about collecting all the stuff he would need on his set of days off. He worked on the Railroad so he didn’t get many.  O his nest days off this what he did

worms
worms

Instructions

Step 1      Cut the receptor or “female” end off an extension cord.
Step 2     Separate the two wires for 4 to 5 feet. Depending on the configuration of the extension cord, they will either be wrapped in insulation side by side or one will be insulated and the other wrapped around the inner one. If the outer is wrapped around the inner, unwrap it and then wrap it in electrical tape.
Step 3     Trim the last 2 inches of insulation from each wire.

Step 4     Unbend two wire clothes hangers into straight rods. Wrap the end of one wire around one clothes hanger and the end of the other wire around the second hanger. Tape the wire to the clothes hangers with electrical tape.

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Step 5     Water your lawn. If it has rained in the last day, you don’t need to water.
Step 6     Stick the two wires into the ground about 2 to 4 feet apart.
Step 7     Get all people and pets off the lawn. Plug in the extension cord and leave it plugged in for 5 to 10 minutes. Unplug it.
Step 8     Gather worms off the ground. They should be between and around the wires.
Now I am not saying this a great idea, but it does work. Oh yeah just so one knows don’t use a gfi plug it will blow every time. Just a hint.
Here are a few more ways to help with  catching  worms.
  1. I have already collected a few earthworms when I planted my garden. By turning the soil and picking them out. Back breaking work it is. Well worth the effort though
    • Rake the mulch and leaves off of the soil, and then pour the soapy solution over the area you plan to collect worms from. Make sure that you spread out the soapy water, and don’t pour it all in one spot.

      Pitch Fork
      Pitch Fork
    • Remember, moist, fertile soil is the ideal environment to find worms.
    • Shaking the watering can will mix the soap and water together, and you may have suds falling out of the watering can’s sprinkler.Using dish Soap. Squeeze approximately 10 tsp (40 ml) of dish soap into a watering can.[10] Then, use a hose to add water to the soap in the watering can. Once the watering can is mostly filled with water, turn off the hose, and gently shake the watering can for about 10 seconds.
  2. Using a pitch fork. Insert pitch fork into soil and slowly rock it back and forth. Take your time. It does work although that is what I do when I am working in the garden.
  3. Of course there is the traditional method of going out 1/2 – 1 hour after dark and picking them off the grass. Ising a flashlight of course.
  4. One can always over the lawn as well, Lack off oxygen will send them to surface as well.

 

Catching worms is something I have to yet to introduce my grandkids to. Simply because they usually go to bed before dark.

 

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