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I’ve got Redworms with my Africans?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I’ve gotta admit,  I get into some interesting conversations some days.  This afternoon, I had a long conversation with a  commercial worm grower that  has only been in the business for about a year.  I’m not mentioning any names to avoid any embarrasment.  In fact, I consider this gentlemen a friend.  I  just wanted to write this as a learning experience for all you aspiring worm growers.

Him:  Jerry, I bought  African Nightcrawler cocoons from you last year, and I think there may have been Redworm Cocoons mixed in.

Me:  You are raising both Redworms and Africans at your farm.  You realize there is a greater chance that any contamination happened at your location, especially considering you’ve had these for about 8 months!

Him:  We do a good job at keeping our worms separated, so I don’t think it could have happened here.

BEFORE READING ON…..LET’S TEST YOUR WORM IQ….ANY GUESSES?  BY THIS TIME I ALREADY KNEW THE ANSWER 🙂

Me: What are you using for bedding?

HIm:  Paper and  Peat Moss.

Me:  And?

Him:  That’s it.

Me:  No manure?

Him:  (Sheepisly) uh 0hhhhhhh….I’ve got 20,000 pounds of horse manure on them.  Now I get it.

Me:  Yep, you introduced the redworms into your beds as soon as you added the horse manure.

We then discussed strategies to separate the two types of worms. 

Just another day in the life…….. 🙂

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

Go to www.WormVideoClips.Com  and see for yourself.

www.WormVideoClips.Com is the first website in the world devoted solely to video’s about WORMS!  If you love watching worms, love talking about worms, and love free prizes, www.WormVideoClips.Com is the site for you!

I’ve plowed through hours of online video’s to come up with some that I thought you might enjoy, but the BEST video’s are likely to be the ones that YOU, the Viewers submit.

There wil be a “Video of the day” featured, 5 days a week.  This will be a great way to encourage discussions about the video’s.  Your participation is critical to the success of the site.  You’re welcome to post thoughts, comments, debate.   All I ask is that you keep it civil and friendly.

 

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011

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Saturday, April 9th, 2011

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EVERYTHING you’ve wanted to know about Canadian Nightcrawlers

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

If you’ve spent much time fishing, you’ve obviously come across Canadian Nightcrawlers.  Canadians are the NUMBER ONE worm for fishing in the world!  These are HUGE, fat worms (They actually remind me of slugs).  Fisherman LOVE them due to their immense size, 100 per pound or 10X the size of an average sized Red Wiggler.

The positives:  Huge Worms, Easy to maintain (Just keep in the fridge for several weeks).

The negatives:  Difficult to propogate.  Perish easily when on a fishing trip unless you keep them in your cooler.

Care tips:  You can maintain Canadians for several months with proper care.  At refrigerated temps of 45 degrees, they will last for 3 weeks in organic peat bedding (Available at Walmart).  At higher temps, they will process the peat faster and will need it changed more often.

Want a worm that’s great for fishing, survives outside of refrigeration, and will eat your fruit and veggie scraps?  Try European Nightcrawlers!

A-F-R-I-C-A-N-S!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

If  you want to try a  composting worm that REALLY tears it up, try African Nightcrawlers.  These will begin shipping for 2011 the week of 4/11/11.

I’ve got limited quantities of cocoons available, and EXTREMELY Limited quantities of full sized worms.

Click on the link below to learn all about them.

Order now:  First come, first served.

http://www.thewormdude.com/products-page/composting-worms

So My Wife Said…..

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

….Hey Hon, I think you should grow some artichokes.  And of course, never to be satisfied with a single artichoke plant, I plant a dozen of them, along with a bunch of garlic to deter bugs.    I then added some castings and let the Alabama Jumpers do their thing in the planting beds, and BAM!…Artichoke forest!

If you’ve followed my blog, you’ll see that these kinds of results are not rare.    They happen all the time.   Now if I just stopped the overplanting habit, everything would be good.  After all, who really needs 24 large garlic plants? 🙂

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Friday, March 25th, 2011

Are you thinking about ordering a batch of Alabama Jumpers to enrich your garden?  Take a look at the comments written today by S.H.E.

My Alabama Jumper Update: What became fondly referred to as the ”Travelin’ Bag O’ Worms” made the final roadtrip to their new home garden last Saturday. Because it was starting to rain, I changed my planned release area from a lower bulb garden area to a rather sheltered raised bed with terrestrial orchids (Cymbidiums, Cyprepediums, Bletillas, etc..). The bottom of the bed is open to the earth, so they are free to explore unimpeded when they choose to wander. I dug out a narrow trench, opened the bag and gently deposited the worms and their bedding directly into the bed. I was expecting lively worms and that is just what I got… Oh My! Obviously I worried needlessly about their well-being because they dove into the soil like it was a fancy pool. I did cover them with a layer of mulch in case the resident blue jays saw it as a buffet, but checking on the bed later, they were not obvious to the eye and hopefully enjoying their new digs! The poetic part was that Saturday’s full moon is referred to as The Worm Moon in folklore and I must admit I did say a small blessing for the worms.
Thank you for my first positive worm experience! It will not be my last.

The LAZY Way To Grow Great Strawberries!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Do you like strawberries, but dislike seeing many of your berries rot from sitting in the dirt? Here is an easy way to grow LOTS of strawberries.