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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.

Worms to Canada!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

How long do you think worms will hold up in shipping?

Two Days?
Three Days?
Seven Days?
Ten Days?
Two Weeks?

Take a look at a recent European Nightcrawler order that was shipped
to Canada on February 22, 2011. Due to a customs delay, the worms were received on March 22, 2011.

The worms arrived in great shape. Had they arrived dead, customs would have confiscated and quarantined the package, as NOBODY wants to handle a stinky box of dead worms.

Here is the tracking info:

Delivered Abroad, March 22, 2011, 6:41 pm, CANADA
Attempted Delivery Abroad, March 22, 2011, 6:39 pm, CANADA
Attempted Delivery Abroad, March 22, 2011, 5:55 pm, CANADA
Attempted Delivery Abroad, March 22, 2011, 2:44 pm, CANADA
Attempted Delivery Abroad, March 22, 2011, 12:39 pm, CANADA
Attempted Delivery Abroad, March 22, 2011, 12:38 pm, CANADA
At Foreign Delivery Unit, March 22, 2011, 9:21 am, CANADA
Out of Foreign Customs, March 15, 2011, 1:01 pm, CANADA
Into Foreign Customs, February 28, 2011, 7:01 pm, CANADA
Arrived Abroad, February 28, 2011, 7:01 pm, CANADA
International Dispatch, February 24, 2011, 6:03 am, ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)
Processed through Sort Facility, February 23, 2011, 1:28 am, LOUISVILLE, KY 40231
Acceptance, February 22, 2011, 9:55 am, GAMALIEL, KY 42140
Electronic Shipping Info Received, February 21, 2011

Packed properly and kept out of the sun, worms ship EXTREMELY well.

The Question is Kind of Fishy!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Here is a question from Reader Randy:

I have Hermit Crabs.  Can I use the old shredded coconut fiber that I used as their bedding for Worm Bedding?

Hi Randy,

It Depends.  Are Hermit Crabs Freshwater or Saltwater?

If Saltwater, I would not recommend it.  Coir holds water very well, which means it also woud retain salt well.  If Hermit Crabs are Freshwater, it would be loaded with the same bacteria as an aquaponic system which worms seem to love.

The EASY Way To Attract Flying Bugs

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Disclaimer:  You may recognize things you’ve been doing and think I’m making fun of you.   I’m not.   LOT’S of others have done the same.  I’m not purposely making fun of anyone….I’m simply using relavent examples to support my points.

Even if you are a regular reader of my blog and love worms,  you probably do not spend as much time as I do thinking about worms….and I guarantee that you do not spend as much time as I do fielding questions about worms. 🙂

One subject that comes up daily is dealing with bugs.  

You’ve got two options:

1.  Try setting up your worms in their bin so that you are not asking for bug swarms.

2.  Throw your scraps to your worms and pray.

I obviously recommend option 1, but I want to talk a bit about option 2.

This may sound obvious, but one of the MOST COMMON ways people lure bugs to their worm bins is by throwing food scraps into their worm bin without covering them well with clean damp bedding.  I use the word “Obvious” because if  I wanted to ATTRACT flying bugs, I would do exactly that.   Would you prefer NOT attracting bugs?  Bury your scraps well and maintain plenty of clean damp bedding on top of the scraps.

A second common way that people attract bugs into their system is a little less obvious, but very common.

Have you ever seen a compost pile made purely of leaves?   If you have, you’ve seen the accompanying bugs.  Because leaf piles are kept outside, we just expect bugs flying in, around, and throughout.  Yet…when people bring fill their worm bins with leaves as bedding and soon see bugs, they wonder why?  Bugs don’t respect boundaries, and if you use leaves as your bedding source, expect bugs….you’ve just added them to your system.

90% of bug related problems can be resolved by burying scraps well, and not using bedding that bugs live in (Such as leaves).

Now repeat after me: 

I will not do things to attract bugs to my system!

I will not do things to attract bugs to my system!

I will not do things to attract bugs to my system!

The Worm Dude receives the 2011 TOP 5 AWARD from Dave’s Garden

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011


I’m pleased to announce that www.TheWormDude.com has been chosen as the Dave’s Garden 2011 TOP 5 Award for Worms and Vermicomposting.   This prestigious award is given only to the top 5 companies in the industry. 

You can find rankings at www.DavesGarden.com

I’m excited to have received this award, and look forward to maintaining the service levels worthy of this honor.

Buy with confidence  from  www.TheWormDude.com

What Did YOU Do Today?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I woke up this morning with BIG plans.   One of today’s “To Do’s” was to begin stress testing  my SUPER sized Worm Inn.  Ideally, I would have had about 50 newspapers soaking so that I could fill the unit completely with bedding.    The problem with that plan was that  I had given away a bunch of newspapers to Vermicomposters that needed newspapers when they picked up their worms.  So…I decided to make due with what I had.

I had several pumpkins that were starting to rot really quickly. 

I had a weeks worth of TP tubes.

I had about a dozen newspapers.

I had a spare 10 pounds of worms.

I was ready to go.

I then took the newspapers on hand, tore them up, buried my scraps, and soaked the unit down  thoroughly.  Because I broke my own rule and did not soak the papers for 24 hours before hand,  I’m probably going to need to add water for the next two weeks in order to make the newspaper saturated (Something I would not have  to do if I had set up my bin properly)!  One thing this picture is not showing well is just how large these pumpkins are.  The one in the middle is about the size of a basketball.  The one on the right is about the size of a beach ball.  We’re probably talking 30 pounds of pumkin to start off.

By the time I was done, I had covered my scraps thoroughly.  Because I had so many pumpkins rotting at the same time, had I not done this, I could expect a fruit fly explosion in a matter of days.   Let’s check back in a few days and see how the system is doing.

Fun for SERIOUS Wormheads!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

What has a footprint of 36″ x 36″,  has greater than 5X the volume of the current Worm Inn,  and can house over 30,000 worms?  

You’re looking at it. It’s the next BIG thing in Worm Composting.

Some Stats:

Overall footprint:  36″ x 36″

Size across of bag 30″ x 30″

Height:  36″ tapered

Recommended Start up of worms:  10-15 pounds of worms.

Price:  $169.98 Shipped, and that INCLUDES the custom stand kit (Only thing needed to buy is 5 pieces of 3/4″ PVC

(About $8 from any hardware store).

I’ll be shipping these units within the next 30 days.  If you would like to be the first on your block to own this

BIG SYSTEM, email me at TheWormDude@TheWormDude.Com

Do Castings Really Work Revisited?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I thought I’d give the weeping plum tree  in the backyard a chance to catch  up to the weeping plum tree in the front yard.  Nine days later, you still need to use a magnifying glass to see the stick (er…I meant tree) in the backyard.  The tree in the front is blooming with vigor…even after a recent cold spell.

Is there any doubt that castings work wonders on plants?