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HOT TIPS – Grow Your Own Wheat Grass Quickly And Easily

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Do you love wheat grass?  Want to grow your own like a pro?  When your worms have turned their bedding into nice rich vermicompost, simply harvest the worms and add some wheat grass seed to the top of the bedding.  Remove the lid from your bin so the wheat grass seeds are exposed to light.  Mist gently.  Within a few days you will have a carpet of wheat grass to enjoy.

EVERYTHING sprouts in a worm bin!

DO NOT  add  the seeds to the top of your worm bin when the worms are still inside.  You’ll create a green mat on top of your worms.  Getting to your worms again would be much like pulling out a lawn!  Don’t ask me how I know..LOL

 

I hope you find these Tips enjoyable and educational. Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors. I ask only that any reproduced information be properly linked to this website.

 

HOT TIPS – Two COMPLETELY different ways to raise red wigglers

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

I recently watched a video of my friend Bentley from RedWormComposting.com showing how he had GOBS of worms in his Worm Inn MEGA system,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv8s6EW6NkI

Bentley used what I call the “Active” method for composting:

  • Starts with a small amount of worms.
  • Chops up or processes food waste prior to adding to the system.
  • Starts relatively small (Relative to the size of the MEGA, he started out only about 25% full.
  • Primary goal is creating worm mass.
  • The worms can be found in the target area with broken down food.

 

The method I usually use would be considered, “Passive” composting:

  • Starts out with a larger amount of worms (5-10 pounds for a Worm Inn MEGA).
  • No chopping of food waste at all.  Just throw fruit and veggie waste in as if filling a garbage can.  (Whole apples with spots…no problem).
  • Start larger (I’ll fill the unit up with damp, fluffed bedding and all the fruit and veggie scraps that will fit).
  • Primary goal is composting all my fruit and veggie waste with as little effort as possible.
  • The worms will be found in pockets around the system depending on what fruits/veggies break down first.

Please note:  Because plastic systems do not breathe well (Regardless of how they are marketed), passive composting can lead to problems.   If you were to put several gallons of produce scraps in a plastic bin, you’re likely to create a sewer.  First, the material will heat up, then it will off gas, and finally it will stink like anaerobic sewage sludge leading to a total worm die off. 

If you have a plastic system, be very careful how many produce scraps you add at once so you do not kill your worms.

I hope you find these Tips enjoyable and educational.  Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors.  I ask only that any reproduced information be properly linked to this website.

 

HOT TIPS – Excite your children with a huge cluster of worms

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Want to learn a cool trick your kids will love? Add a handful of unsweetened dry oatmeal to the top of your worm bedding. Cover lightly with a single sheet of newspaper. The next day, bring your child out to watch the worms all dive down at once when you lift up the paper blanket. Don’t blink…the little suckers are very quick.

Caveat: Too much oatmeal can sour your bedding. Never add more than a handful, and avoid mixing it into the bedding. This is definitely one of those situations where “Less is more”.

I hope you find these Tips enjoyable and educational. Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors. I ask only that any reproduced information be properly linked to this website.

HOT TIPS – Stop your Worms From Drowning!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Did you recently purchase a plastic stackable worm composter? Want to learn the best way to set it up? The directions will tell you to add newspaper or cardboard (To the inside bottom of the tray that sits on the base), as a way of preventing worms from ending up in the base. The problem with this is……Think about it for a sec…The worms will eat through that newspaper/cardboard very quickly!

A MUCH better solution to prevent worms from ending up in the base (And dying/stinking in the stagnant water) is to use Weed Stop (The fabric barrier that goes under rocks to prevent weeds) as a permanent strainer for your system, in lieu of a layer of paper/cardboard on the bottom. Cut the weed stop so that it goes up the sides a bit to make it more difficult for your worms to go around it.

PS. The Weed Stop should ONLY be placed on the inside of the bottom tray that makes contact with the base. If you try using it between trays, your worms will never be able to migrate between trays.

I hope you find these Tips enjoyable and educational. Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors. I ask only that any reproduced information be properly linked to this website.

HOT TIPS – Everyone Loves Humus!

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Love rich earthy Humus? No, this isn’t the stuff you spread on Pita, but it is the stuff that is WONDERFUL for worms and plants. Typically, Humus takes months to produce from traditional compost. Here’s a quick and easy shortcut: Fill a garbage can half full with dried leaves. Use your weed eater to shred thoroughly. Spread this mixture over the top of your soil and it will turn into humus very quickly!

You cannot buy this stuff from the garden center at any price!

I hope you find these Tips enjoyable and educational. Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors. I ask only that any reproduced information be properly linked to this website.

HOT TIPS – Stop Wandering Worms in Their Tracks

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Have you experienced Red Wigglers “Escaping”? This is more typical in a plastic bin/tray system, as Red Wigglers love to explore the plastic sides. This really becomes an issue when the worms start ending up on your floor!

To stop “Explorer’s” from becoming “Escapees”, simply put some dishwashing soap on your fingertip, and line the inside lip of the bin/tray with the soap. The worms will go to the soap, but will not cross it.

If you continue to have a problem, get immediate help from an experienced worm wrangler. If your worms are willing to cross the ring of soap, they are in a really negative environment, and you need to adjust your setup quickly.

PS. Use only enough soap to line the rim. Giving your worms a Bubble Bath is not recommended!

PPS. Worms never wander from The Worm Inn. No need to deal with this if you are a Worm Inn owner.

I hope you find these Tips enjoyable and educational. Feel free to share with your friends and neighbors. I ask only that any reproduced information be properly linked to this website.

Coming Soon….Worm and Garden Tips and Tricks

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

After hundreds of blog posts, it gets really hard to think of new and relevant material.  After spending the day in the backyard yesterday, I realized, I’ve got some really cool things going on RIGHT NOW.  Plus, I love experimenting.

So, the wheels started turning in my head and I thought…The people that read this blog are the same people that would probably be interested in seeing these experiments….most of which you’ve probably never seen or heard about before.

Watch this space to see what I’ve got growin on!

Earthworms around the Roots of my plants….Should I be worried?

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Have you ever pulled out a plant, only to find that there are Earthworms among the root ball?

If you are pulling out the plant because it has died, you may have made the assumption that the worm somehow played a role in the death of the plant.  If you did so, you’ve mixed up cause and effect.

The reason why you often find worms around plant roots is because the roots of plants and earthworms both are attracted to two things.  Moisture and Food.

In some cases, the plant may have suffered because you’ve overwatered it, and the roots do not like the amount of moisture that surrounds them (Especially in slow draining soil), but that moisture level is still okay for the worm to thrive.  Don’t make the mistake that your plant perished because Earthworms happened to be hanging around it’s roots….your plant perished because you overwatered it.  Plain and simple.

Worms eat decaying material.  They do not eat the roots of thriving plants.  Leave the dead plant in the ground long enough for the decay process to begin, and the worms will eat the decayed roots.  Did the worms kill the plant here?  Nope.

***Caveat:  I want to be clear that I am talking about earthworms here…..Nightcrawlers, Red Wigglers and the like.  I’m not talking about the various pests (Hornworms, grubs, etc) that get clumped in as “They are all worms because they are all long and relatively thin and travel slowly.

 

Now is the time to make your beds Worm Friendly!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

One of the questions I’m constantly asked is:  How do I make my yard more worm friendly?

The absolute best way…..ADD LEAVES!   Leaves are free, available, and probably just waiting for you to pick up around your neighborhood.  Grab your wheelbarrow now and grab all the leaves your neighbors have swept to the curb.

By adding leaves, you are recreating nature.  What could be more perfect than that?

After you’ve collected your leaves, simply dump them on top of your soil (Do not mix them in), just let them break down naturally.

You will be VERY happy come late spring, early summer.

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons to Order Alabama Jumpers (If you live in a temperate zone) TODAY!

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

1.  The weather is still moderate over most of the country.

2. No 50,000 backlogs of Jumpers before yours can be shipped!

3.  Leaves are starting to fall (Plenty of organic material for the Jumpers).

4.  Adding Jumpers now gives them a chance to do their work all winter.

5. The grow beds are plentiful!

In the spring, everyone starts thinking about adding Alabama Jumpers to their soil.  The problem is, that EVERYONE starts thinking about adding Alabama Jumpers to their soil.  LOL    Beat the crowd, order now while the weather is great for shipping, and great for adding your worms!  If you wait, you’ll have thousands of others wanting their jumpers shipped at the same time.  AVOID THE CROWDS, ORDER YOUR ALABAMA JUMPERS TODAY.