Summer will end soon, but I’ve been wanting to share the secret for GREAT tomato plants.
The secret is extremely aggressive foliage trimming.
What gardeners typically do:
Most of us plant our tomato’s, and never touch them until they are producing. What you end up with are overgrown plants (You know you do), that end up producing a bunch of fruit that you don’t even see, until you reach in and put your thumb in a big old rotten tomato.
What gardeners SHOULD do:
Aggressively trim the foliage, starting with anything that grows below the bottom layer of fruit. By cutting back the leaves so they don’t make contact with the ground, you open up the air flow to your plants. Additionally, you should cut any sucker branch’s so that your fruit is clearly exposed. By trimming back worthless foliage, your plants will have more energy to produce superior fruit! Plus, the fruit is easy to see, and right in front of you for easy picking.
About 6 months ago, I got into a discussion with a Master Gardener that had come over to purchase some worms. I showed her the pineapple plants that I had successfully overwintered (The tops came off of store bought pineapples). She said, “You can grow the plants here (Northern California), but you cannot get them to fruit”.
I thought differently. Most plants, as long as they are thriving, will eventually produce fruit. Look at how cute my little pineapple fruit is!
How do I keep my plants thriving? Worm Castings!
Now, worm castings alone will not keep a pineapple plant alive through the winter. What I did was put the container next to my house all winter. The heat from the house radiated just enough to help this pineapple plant survive the cold. We have moderate temps in San Jose, but they are nothing like Hawaii, the home of the pineapple.
Everyone that sees the stuff that I grow says, “You have a green thumb”. They should say, “You have a black thumb”….the color of my Worm Castings!
If you appreciate how products like The Worm Inn set the standard for Worm Composting, you’re going to LOVE these new products.
The Worm Farming Revolution Ebook, by my friend Pauly P. :
What can I say about this Ebook? How about this. I was considering writing an Ebook about worms, composting systems, and everything I’ve learned about vermiculture over the past 10 years. But Pauly’s book is so good, I’ve lost the urge. The new standard for Worm Ebooks has been set.
But Pauly didn’t stop there. We often get requests for presentation materials for people to teach about worms. Pauly made a worm Epresentation that is totally customizable for each presenters style. How cool is that?
There’s more. Since most people interested in worms also have an interest in gardening, Pauly wrote the Ebook, The Secret Recipe. If you have an interest in growing without synthetic fertilizers, you want to read this book.
Even better, Pauly has customized this set so you can get the entire trilogy (With a free gift included) for less than a pound of worms delivered! Awesome.
The bar has been set. Check out these Ebooks. I think you will agree.
Here’s a look at my backyard. Definitely not a large yard by any standard, but I have over 20 fruit growing in that little space. Everything looks healthy (except for the overgrown lawn that we’ll ignore for now).
Do you get max production out of your fruit trees? Want better production? Try Better BIOchar! The tree is a 3′ tall grapefruit tree in a pot. Nothing special about this tree…Except….Look at all the buds! Each bud will become a grapefruit soon. The challenge we have is taking off the grapefruits fast enough, so branch’s don’t break due to the weight of the fruits!
Like many of you, I love to garden. And with the help of a lot of worm castings, I’m quite successful at it. Last night I was watching some gardening channels on YouTube and stumbled across this site. The site owner, Jeff, talks about using The Worm Inn to solve his moisture problems with plastic bins.
If you are looking for a good gardening website, take a look at Jeff’s video’s. I think you’ll like them.
Do you want more worms, but don’t understand how to attract them? Have you always wondered how to make a worm friendly environment? I get this question asked practically EVERY SINGLE DAY. My answer is always the same, ADD TONS OF ORGANIC MATERIAL TO YOUR SOIL.
Watch this video for a great explanation of how organic material is the key to great soil. If you are specifically interested in the role worms play in creating great soil, simply fast forward to the 4.00 minute mark.
Whenever people ask me what they can do to improve their soil, I always tell them, ADD TONS OF ORGANIC MATTER. If you add leaves in the winter (Several feet is good) they will break down from the winter rains, and you will have the most beautiful Humus you’ve ever seen, plus create a worm friendly environment. Humus is so valuable, I’ve never seen it sold by ANYONE.
Watch this video. Go to the 1:42 mark and listen to what this fellow says about adding leaves to your soil.
Happy 2016 everyone! To kick off the new year, I’m going to start blogging again!
To create excitement, I’m going to start offering some giveaways.
The first giveaway is for a $25 Gift Certificate to anything on my website.
All you need to do is answer the following question.
My (The Worm Dude’s) worms are the luckiest worms in the world because?
*The contest is good for a week, or until someone wins. Limit 1 email entry per day. Simply email your answer via the contact us page saying, The Worm Dude’s worms are the luckiest in the world because………
Swings and Misses….
….Angie wrote, “The Worm Dude’s worms are the luckiest in the world because they get to travel for free”