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HOLY MOLY…THOSE ARE SOME BIG PUMPKINS!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

 

I’m always bragging about what worm castings have done for my plants….now you can see what castings have done for others plants.  A few weeks ago I showed Pic’s of my friend Trish’s GIANT tomato’s…..Here’s a pic of my friend Kurt G’s GIANT Pumpkins !   

Are these HUGE or what?

Kurt has been purchasing bags of castings from me every couple of months.  Kurt’s goal…to produce a Giant Pumpkin!   Kurt “Apologetically” told me these could have been much larger, but he would have had  to sacrifice one of these monsters, and that just didn’t seem right. 😉 

Next year, no mercy though…Kurt’s going to be chasing Pumpkin growing Gold!  Only the BIGGEST will survive in 2011. 

Woops…almost forgot……yes, I had the same question….220lbs and 190lbs. 

Pumpkin pie anyone?

How to Raise Alabama Jumpers

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I’m often asked exactly what to do with Alabama Jumpers.  Specifically, how to release them into the garden.  Today’s question from Rhonda S.  reminded me that I need to touch on this.

Hey Worm Dude!

I see your orders of Alabama Jumpers come in packages of 1,000 worms.  How do I know how many worms to order? Are they buried under ground with some wet shredded paper?  Would that work?  If so do you bury them 4-6 each hole?  I’m not sure what to do with these.  Do you also fertilize plants as much (say, for example, blooming plants)?
Thank You-Rhonda

Hi Rhonda,

You are confusing composting worms (RedWorms), with aeration worms (Jumpers). 

Redworms are soft bodied and can only live in a top layer of compost.  As soon as the compost breaks down…so do the worms.  Jumpers are true dirt worms.  They have a thicker skin, and are much stronger.  This enables them to “Jump” out of your hand, and also to traverse soil. 

Jumpers are not composters…they do not swarm food like redworms.  They do not live in paper bedding, instead preferring mulch, or leaf litter.  What I’ve done to create an infestation of these awesome worms is laid a thick layer of leaves on top of the soil.  As the leaves break down (Jumpers can only eat organic-dead material), they become food for the jumpers.  The Jumpers will not and cannot harm your plants. 

Releasing the Jumpers is easier than digging a hole.  Simply make sure your area has some leaf litter, a little dampness, and let the jumpers loose.  Unless your soil is like concrete, they will burrow down….aerating your soil in the process to allow water to the roots of your plants. 

As a rule of thumb, I recommend 3 jumpers per sq foot that you want aerated.  Instead of spreading them out, just dump them by the handful in certain places….worms will spread out naturally when there are too many in an area.  

They will fertilize plants, but because they don’t process as much food as redworms, their primary function is aerating your garden.

The Jumpers are on sale right now!    It’s the best time to buy.  Come spring, there is always a waiting list.. 😉

 

  


Dinner Time!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Remember the indoor salad bar that I started a few weeks ago using my floating system?  It’s going to be tonights dinner.  Fresh greens…yummy!

It’s amazing how fast things grow in this system.   It takes about 48 hours from the time I plant the seeds to the time I get sprouts.  I can almost watch my dinner grow in front of my eyes!

How Serious Are You About Recycling Your Food Scraps II?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last weeks food scraps are this weeks castings!  The only thing that has not yet been processed is the whole pumpkin peeking through that was put in a few weeks ago.  It will eventually get eaten, but not until it starts to rot a little.  I just threw it in for kicks, knowing that it would be awhile before the pumpkin is eaten!

Note a few things:

1  I use LOTS of bedding.  That’s important in any worm composting system.  You cannot have too much bedding.

2. NO BUGS!  Mrs. Worm Dude would not be a happy camper if I had bug swarms in my garage!

3. The paper on top is dry.  Actually, I just added it this morning and have not even watered down my Worm Inn this week.  No matter though…the area with food scraps below is damp enough to keep my worms happy and healthy.  I’ll water down the system when I get around to it this evening.  The worms won’t care either way.

Why would I want a plastic bin?

How Serious Are You About Recycling Your Food Scraps?

Monday, October 11th, 2010

 

Last weekend my honey do list consisted of (Among other things), taking out the garbage.  For me, that means feeding my Worm Inn.

I thought readers would be interested in just how much I’m actually able to put in The Worm Inn.  

Everything in the picture went inside (Except not the plastic bags).  Let’s take a look at how things look this week……

 

The Worm Inn is “Really Cool”!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

I received this email from Michelle C.  She just started composting with The Worm Inn:

Hi Jerry, just wanted to give you a quick wormy update that my worms are doing great and plowing through tons of food scraps.
The worm bin (The Worm Inn) is really cool- My friend’s kid is going to do a little project on it for his science class!
Have a great weekend!
-Michelle
 
 
Did you realize The Worm Inn can easily  pay for itself the first year? 
 
THE WORMY MATH:
I normally harvest between 10-20 gallons of Worm Castings a year out of my Worm Inn.  Generally, castings will weight about 30 pounds for every 5 gallons.  Castings from The Worm Inn come out fluffier,  so I’d estimate Worm Inn castings weigh about 20 pounds for every 5 gallons.  This means a Worm Inn can easily produce 40-80 pounds of castings (Or more) in a year.
 
I sell castings for pickup at $20 for 10 pounds.  At this price, the castings coming out of my Worm Inn are worth $80-$160!
 
Normally, you pay extra to buy a product considered “GREEN”.
 
With the Worm Inn, you save Green to Make Green!
 
 

Alabama Jumpers are “Awesome”

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

You are looking at the world’s finest commercial worm for your garden, the Alabama Jumper!

What makes Jumpers so “Special” for your garden?

1.  Unlike Red Wigglers, European Nightcrawlers, and Canadian Nightcrawlers, Alabama Jumpers have a very tough skin.

2.  Unlike Red Wigglers and European Nightcrawlers,  Alabama Jumpers LOVE living in dirt.  From sandy loam to clay soil!

3.  Unlike Canadian Nightcrawlers that only survive in cool weather (Or your fridge), Alabama Jumpers are versatile.  They can live in warm temps, and they can tolerate ground freezes to 12 inches.

Throwing Red Wigglers in your soil is like burning money.  The Red Wigglers will only live in the top couple inches of compost.  As the compost goes away, so do the Red Wigglers.  Alabama Jumpers are different.  They live in the dirt and eat the organic(dead) material such as leaf litter or finished compost.  Because their skin is thick, they can traverse even heavy clay soil.

If you’re considering purchasing worms for your garden, now is a GREAT TIME.  Leaves are falling off the trees in abundance, so there is no excuse for not having plenty of leaf litter to throw on top of your soil to feed your jumpers!

Read what Griff H. said about the order of Jumpers he received today….

They (The Alabama Jumpers) are doing great. Those worms are awesome.

Get the right worm for the job.  Alabama Jumpers for your garden….ON SALE NOW!

My Friend Patricia’s Expertise + My Castings

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

What do you get when you combine a talented gardener, along with Worm Castings, natures perfect growth enhancer?  My friend Patricia has been using my castings for a long time, and every year she has great success with her garden.  What is REALLY amazing is the fact that this crop of tomato’s was grown during the coolest summer ever in Northern California!  If you know anyone in Northern California, ask them how their tomato’s turned out this year.  99.99% of people will tell you they had a horrible tomato harvest.

Does this harvest look horrible to you?

That was Then, This is Now!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Last week I planted some lettuce seeds in my aerated floating raft system.  They started sprouting immediately.  When I say immediately, I mean IMMEDIATELY!  The very next day I could see the seeds opening, and nine days later, this is what they look like.

I made the mistake of placing too many seeds in each hole, and now I need to figure out if I should cull the growing lettuce, or just see how things play out?

If this system continues to progress like this, I’m going to be eating a LOT of salads by the end of the month!

I almost forgot..the red berries in the back holes are Goji Berries that I just pulled off my bush in the backyard.  I want to see if I can grow Goji Berry bushes hydroponically, so what better way to test them adding them here.

My Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Still a long time before Halloween,  but I’m definitely ready for it.  These are the pumpkins I grew from just ONE plant in my backyard this year.  We won’t need to buy pumpkins for Jack O Lanterns,  and I’ll have LOTS of worm food!

The main reason I wanted to post this right away is because I just received some pictures from a friend of mine that grows vegetables using my castings as her fertilizer.  You’re not going to believe the pics!  I had to make sure I made my pumpkin post BEFORE showing her pics.  Anything posted after her pics is going to look….wimpy. 😉