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Monday, January 31st, 2011


Have you ever seen broccoli grown before?  Don’t be embarrassed, most of us urbanites have no idea about what our everyday foods look like growing.  We only know what they look like:

On the shelf, in the store

After being transported by truck thousands of miles

After sitting in a distribution warehouse

After being picked from the fields

With minimal effort, you could be eating fresh young broccoli right from the backyard.  YUM!  I picked a dozen small heads for dinner tonight.  I’ve also got a rare brocolli growing called Romanesco.  It grows in a cone shape and is a brocolli/cauliflower cross that is supposed to have a nutty flavor.  I’ll post pictures of the Romanesco soon.

If you are a teacher, have friends that are teachers, or know a teacher…have them watch for a special upcoming blog.   I’ve got a VERY cool,  simple,  ultra low cost project that I will be blogging about shortly.  PERFECT for schools as your students will LOVE this project.

Just click on this link:  http://www.thewormdude.com/category/worm-blog/


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Another one of my Favorite Websites!

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Here’s another one of my favorite websites. This guy is very down to earth, and LOVES to experiment (Now you’re talking)! I subscribe to this site on www.youtube.com

This particuliar video talks about getting rid of fungus gnats. Fungus gnats often live in worm bins. The initial trial using fly paper is nothing big….but take a look at the product he tries at the end of the video. VERY INGENIUS.

Strawberries and Ahaaaaa Moments

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011


If you’re lucky, one of the benefits of getting older is the ability to use past experiences in order to NOT repeat them. 🙂    When I was younger, I would plant things, and watch them grow, and not necessarily reap any benefits.  Here’s an example.  How many times have you planted strawberries, only to watch them come up big and beautiful…only to rot in the dirt?  

Last week, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off,  looking for straw to lay underneath the 40 strawberries I was about to plant.   I knew full well that I would either have to pay through the nose buying straw in bags from a pet store, or, I was going to have an extremely messy car buying straw in a bale.  I wasn’t particuliarly excited about either option.

I said to myself….self, how do the pro’s grow strawberries?  Self said back….they use fabric that let’s water flow through!

So….with a roll of Weedstop, I did this……



I then just cut some slits in the fabric and planted my 40 strawberry starts.    I should be a couple of months away from a “Sea of Green”…and RED. 🙂



Y’all can thank me later for this design…..you know you wanna try it. 🙂

Save $$$ With Soil Cubes

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Checked on the soil cubes I made with my soil cube maker a couple of weeks ago.  100% Germination!    What’s REALLY cool is how much I will be able to save making my own blocks.   We’ve only had a day or two of warm weather, but it is supposed to get nice this weekend….wait till you see all the stuff I’ve got growing!

Websites with GREAT content

Friday, January 14th, 2011

How many websites do you visit that you REALLY enjoy?   I’d guess that I find 1 great website for every 1,000 websites I look at.  Maybe fewer than 1 in 1,000.

What makes a great website?   

Is it flashy graphics?  No. 

Is it a billion different items for sale?  Not necessarily.

IMO a great website is unique,  interesting, has great content…and has to include occasional HUMOR!

I’ve previously mentioned that I’ve been bitten by the gardening bug.   As such, I’m always scouring the net for great sites…either worm and/or garden related.

The first site I want to introduce is called http://weirdvegetables.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

Check out this site.  I think you will find it meets all the criteria listed above.  The comments to/from the peanut gallery are especially funny.

Let me know what you think of  “Weird Vegetables” by emailing me at TheWormDude@TheWormDude.com

If you see a great gardening related website you’ll think others will enjoy, let me know that too.

Meet The Newest Member Of The Family – Plum

Monday, January 10th, 2011

By popular demand, we’ve been asked to introduce this new color to The Worm Inn Family.  Available now…..PLUM!


…..And the rest of the family!!!   


The Worm Inn,  The worm composting system that not only works great, but it looks great too!

Valentines Day is coming.    As Forrest Gump would say…..The Worm Inn beats a box of chocolates. 🙂

The Worm Inn EXPOSED!

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

How’s this for a cool picture to help explain how and why The Worm Inn works so well!

Top Layer – Damp fluffed bedding.

Middle Layer – This is what I call the “Sweet Spot”.  The Sweet Spot contains all your food scraps, and is where most of the worms reside.

Bottom Layer – As the food is processed by the worms,  Gravity takes the finished castings towards the bottom.

To harvest, simply open the toggles on the bottom, and release your black gold.

OXYGEN is what drives the process, and prevents your food scraps from turning vinegary as they tend to do in plastic bins.


And now you SEE why. 🙂

How Long Do You Think Worms Last In Transit?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

It makes me smile when I hear about peoples concerns with worms being shipped across the country.   There is a commonly held misperception that worms won’t make it longer than a day or two in shipping.

Packed PROPERLY (Some proprietary information here), our worms hold up incredibly well in transit.

How well?


Here’s a note from a Canadian customer that I received this evening.  Peter had his package delayed in customs due to the holidays.   Fortunately, these long delays are rare!

Hello, just to let you know they arrived and they are in beautiful shape.  Hard to believe they’ve been packaged for almost three weeks, I never would have guessed. – Peter

Normally, about the only thing that will harm our worms are packages left outside or in a mailbox.    We take extra precautions by sending out an email explaining this to every customer that purchases worms.

Now you know why I smile when people ask about a 3-4 day shipment across the country. 🙂


Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Vermicomposting has come a long way in the past few years, and continues to gain interest.  I was recently interviewed on the Wormilicious podcast from fellow Wormer,  Cassandra Truax.

Cassandra is very creative, and I expect big things from her in the near future.

If you’d like to hear a bit more detail about my operation, take a listen:


Save Money – Make your own Soil Cubes!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011


Do you enjoy eating store bought fruits and vegetables?    Be honest.   Store bought produce is convenient, but grown simply for surviving shipping.   The produce goes from broker, to warehouse, to your store…and finally, to you!   This is why most store bought produce lacks the flavor it is SUPPOSED to have!   

Your worms are doing great and producing castings.   You’ve halved the amount of garbage that you set out on collection day.  Now what?   Why not start producing some of your own fruits and veggies?    You know you can do better…and here is a tool to help!   


A Soil cube is a cube of growing medium that has been lightly compressed and shaped by a form. A soil cube serves as both a container and the soil for starting and growing seedlings, eliminating the need for plastic pots and trays for transplanted seedlings.   Seedlings grown in soil cubes form stronger root systems than those grown in containers due to increased oxygen to the roots and the soil cube’s natural tendency to “prune” roots.   When these seedlings are transplanted into the field,  they establish themselves more quickly because of lessened root disruption.  This also makes your plants less prone to transplant shock.   


• Save Money!   The Soil Cube Tool is cost effective and will quickly pay for itself.  When compared to purchasing peat pellets,  peat pots,  or other small plastic pots that will deteriorate over time, the small expense of a Soil Cube Tool will be immediately offset in the first few flats of seedlings.  

 • A few plants at a time or many can be started.  Succession planting is easy with the Soil Cube Tool.

• More kinds of vegetables can be grown in soil cubes.  Since there is no root shock when the cubes are moved to the growing beds,  plants, usually not recommended for transplantation can be raised successfully in cubes such as:  sweet corn, beets, and cucumbers.

• Because soil cubes breathe without the constraint of plastic, there is no problem with your young plants becoming root-bound as in a plastic pot.    

Compare this vs. competitive systems.  It’s a great product at a great value. 

The Soil Cube tool from:   www.TheWormDude.com