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The Lazy Man’s Way To Grow Strawberries Revisited

Monday, September 12th, 2011

If you remember, last year I planted my strawberries in a raised bed. I did something special to make picking easy…and that was placing a layer of weed stop on top of my raised bed, and simply poking holes every few feet to insert my berry plants.

Now, the plants are putting out runners ALL over! The berries themselves are sweet like candy. The next harvest is going to be incredible!

I got a SWARM of flies, and I’m excited!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Check out all the Black Soldier Flies hanging out today!

Bet you’ve never seen this many BSF’s in one place before!

The BSF Trap in Action

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Check this out…..grow your own Black Soldier Flies in your Garage! You can purchase the BSF Trap on this website. Go to http://www.thewormdude.com/products-page/

Introducing – The BSF Trap

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

 

If you’ve ever raised Black Soldier Fly grubs, you know the frustration of watching them turn into Black Soldier Flies, and flying away…instead of coming back to lay their eggs where you want them to.  Introducing the BSF Trap.  It is a commercially made trap for containing Black Soldier Flies!  No longer will you watch your investment fly away looking for a spot to lay their valuable eggs.  

Now you can raise Black Soldier Fly Larve in your garage, your bedroom, even your kitchen!   Think of what you could do with thousands of Black Soldier Fly Larve!  Raise your own BSFL easily, simply, smartly!

Jumpers Update!

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

I recently received this email regarding his Jumpers from my friend Bob in sweltering Kansas …

You would be proud of me.  I have not disturbed the worms since my last e mail to you, until yesterday at least.  I dug 3 holes and every hole was teaming with worms, all sizes, and wow more active than ever in this hot weather, they did not like the heat and would just disappear into the ground as quick as they hit it. I think I will start charging to watch the jumpers.  Almost everyone in town keeps asking how the jumpers are doing.  Now that tells you how little it takes to entertain a small town.  The wigglers have adapted to the grass clippings mixed with cardboard and are also multiplying.

So all is well in Kansas, just HOT right now.

Holy Smokes, It’s ALL Gone!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

It was here last week, but it’s long gone now!  Just wanted to share how fast the worms processed last weeks melon rind feast.  Take a look at the picture below if you have forgotten just how much food there was in the Inn!  The corn cobs are still hanging around, but they break down much slower, so that is to be expected.

Just how much waste would stay out of the landfill if everyone had a Worm Inn?

Feeding The Worm Inn

Monday, July 18th, 2011

It’s been awhile since I posted about my Worm Inn, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to now.  We had family over this weekend and a big bbq.  Summer fruits are always a big hit, so we made a huge fruit salad…..leaving LOTS of scraps for the worms.

You can see how many produce scraps I was able to process all at once.  This is where The Worm Inn differs from other systems.  If you try putting this much in a plastic tub,  you are pretty much guaranteed to create a sewer and kill your worms quickly.  The Worm Inn, because of it’s breathability can easily handle a large amount of scraps (As long as you have plenty of bedding in your Inn).

I didn’t show a picture of the most important part!  Cover these scraps thoroughly with damp newspaper strips, or you’re going to invite every fruit fly in the neighborhood to the party!

 

Getting Children Interested In Worms

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Dear Worm Dude,
 
My 5yr son is an avid rangler & wants to grow his own worms for fishing. How do we get started? I would like him to grow them outside 🙂 but what is the preferred method of keeping them in one area so when he wants them to go fishing, they can be found easily. Thanks so much for your help…BTW, we live in Kansas City.
-Darlia
 
Hi Darlia,
 
Great question, and an easy project that you and your son can do together that he will remember all his life.
  
You need just a few things.
  
A container for the worms (Wood is preferable to plastic).
Bedding.
Composting worms (Composting worms do well in bins).
A modicum of shelter for cold KC winters.
  
For a container, I’d suggest building a simple wooden box.  DOES NOT need to be fancy at all.
A good sized box for this project would be 2-3 feet wide, 1-2 feet deep, and 1-2 feet tall.  You could make it out of recycled fence boards, or if you want a quick and clean method…just go to Home Depot with some measurements, and have them cut some wood for you.  All you would need to do is screw the boards together.
 
The lid does not need to be anything fancy….just build a wooden lid that lays on top of the box…no need for hinges if you don’t want to deal with them.
 
Bedding can be newspaper, cardboard, leaves (Just realize that by adding leaves, you are guaranteed to be adding bugs).  Paper is clean.  LOTS OF BEDDING…..LOTS AND LOTS.  FILL UP YOUR BIN WITH DAMP FLUFFY BEDDING…YOU CANNOT HAVE TOO MUCH BEDDING.
 
For fishing, your best bet is to purchase European Nightcrawlers.  They are very closely
related to Red Wigglers, but are a good mid sized crawler.  If you want to start small,
just go to Walmart and pick up some Trout Worms in the bait section.  
 
Red Wigglers are too small to be a good all around fishing worm.
Most of the year, as long as you keep your bin in the shade, and never hit by direct sunlight, your bin temps will be just fine.  When you have winter snowstorms, you will probably want to bring the bin into a shed or a garage just so the bedding doesn’t freeze into a block.
 
I didn’t cover every detail about raising worms or feeding worms here, as I’ve pretty much covered that in several years of blog and forum posts on this website.  You are certainly welcome to spend some relaxing time reading up on worms, and if you find questions that have not been answered, shoot me another email.
 
Have fun with your son!
 
 
 

Check This Out!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Just received and posted a GREAT close up of  Worms eating in the garden.  Go to www.WormVideoClips.com and look for the June 28, 2011 video.  Comments are encouraged.  I think you will find this worm video VERY INTERESTING!

Jackpot!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Over the past several weeks, some beautiful Kolrabi bulbs have grown.  If you’ve never eaten Kolrabi, it tastes kind of like a sweet turnip.  In order to harvest, the plants need to be pulled out of the ground.  After pulling them out, this is what was left.

Just skin, slice, and eat.  I was left with a good tasting, crunchy, and healthy snack!