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My Pet Alabama Jumper

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Meet Wilbur,  my pet Alabama Jumper.  Or, as my wife fondly called him, “Get that THING out of the house”!!!

I found Wilbur today when I was watering my garden and moving a pot.  I grabbed him and brought him inside to get my camera.  Seems I’m always bragging about how Jumpers will get as big as baby snakes, but I’ve never taken pictures of any good sized Jumpers.

Now you can see what I was talking about.  Considering I’ve got REALLY large hands, you can imagine just how big this worm is.

So…I successfully got Wilbur inside, got yelled at by Mrs. Worm Dude, grabbed the camera, and made it back outside without dropping Wilbur once.  No small feat as Wilbur likes to boogie!

(This pic is about 6 feet away so Wilbur looks a lot smaller than he actually is)….

I put Wilbur through enough stress tonight, so I thought I’d do him right and let him go where he can slave away continuing to break up my soil. 🙂

Disaster? Or Minor Setback?

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

A year ago Christmas Eve, I bought this Dwarf Asian Pear Tree.  It’s been in my backyard in a pot the entire time.   I even started to get little tiny Asian Pears….how cool is that?

I decided to change my landscaping a bit, and put the pear in a different pot (One that matches the other pots) in the front yard.

No big deal, right?

So….I’m taking the tree out of the backyard pot and I hear a loud and sickening, “SNAP”.    I investigate further and realize I just snapped the tap root of my healthy Asian Pear Tree.  This is the equivalent of breaking someone’s back….NOT GOOD.

Within days, most of the leaves fell of the tree.  All of the small fruits shriveled and dropped off.  I was ready to give my tree last rites, and take it to the curb to be picked up by the trash man.  I decided to try something first.  I put about 5 pounds of castings around the base of the trunk and waited…..The picture above suggests that this tree may just be salvageable!

5 GALLONS of Green Onions!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I’ve been raising green onions (Among other things) all year in our raised beds.   I like to chop them up, and put them in the freezer in plastic bags.  When green onions are needed, I just pull some out.  They freeze wonderfully and thaw very quickly.

Our green onions had been in the ground so long they started going to seed.  I decided to pull them out and replace them with some pepper plants.

I pulled out hundreds of green onions, throwing them into a 5 gallon bucket.  Then I thought….green onions are just another vegetable…I’ll bet the worms will like them as much as anything else.

Now, I’ve got 5 gallons of green onions in the worm beds.  Garage smells like onions.  Thankfully, I like the smell of onions. 🙂

Will keep everyone posted as the world turns…er, as the onions rot.

Magic Grow Mix?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

What would you say if I told you there was a MAGIC formula for your plants?   You’d probably be very interested, and look forward to purchasing all that you could.  After all, how much time and money have you invested in your plants without seeing the results you would like to see?

Good news/Bad news:

The Bad news is that there is NO Magic formula.

That Good news is also that there is NO Magic formula.

The Better news is that you can create this Magic Like grow formula yourself!…or purchase it if you are so inclined.

You are looking at a working Worm Inn that I have setup in my garage.  Nothing out of the ordinary….just a Worm Inn filled with healthy worms (In newspaper and cardboard bedding) that have turned it into a MAGICAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PLANTS.   No sunlight…no grow lights…nothing special here at all.

The pictures are natures way of showing us that something “Magicial” is happening here.

After seeing these pictures…do you have any doubt that your plants will not be happy being fed worm castings?

Worm Castings on Artichoke Plants

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

 

Wow!  Artichoke plants taller than me.  What will I do when they become taller than the window?

These things are so prolific we’re eating Artichokes every day.  Love em!

Just another example of using castings to help your plants grow!

Food for the Worms, or Food for ME?

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

When you work with worms, you get to see some incredible things.  If you search my prior post titled, “The Worms did it”,  you’ll see squash that are supposed to be small, but grew HUGE due to being raised with castings.

Take a look at this one….I laid down a small Romaine Lettuce Butt to feed the worms.  Next thing I know, I’ve got a full Romaine Lettuce growing! 

Food for the Worms, or Food for ME?

 

The Worm Inn Beats the Can of Worms

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Here’s an ad that made me smile.  Kokua Worms is a brick and mortar store specializing in….WORMS.

They like The Worm Inn so much (They call it The Worm Hangout as Inn has a negative connotation in Hawaii) that they  are offering this UPGRADE to The Worm Inn!!!   Imagine that,  The Worm Inn is now ranked at the top of all home composting systems!

Direct from the Pro’s!!!!

Have you outgrown your Can-O-Worms?
Are you ready for a change?

Trade in your used Can-O-Worms in good condition and get a
$50 store credit good towards a Worm HangOut, vermicast,
vermicast tea and more from Kokua Worms, or a $50 credit towards
a POP or Mini-POP Pipeline system from Waikiki Worm Company.

Is Your Company Looking to Go Green?

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Now that Earth Day Weekend is over, it’s time to see who talks the talk, and who walks the walk.   Would your business like to Go Green?  Do you work for a company that would like to Go Green?

The Worm Wigwam was made just for you!   With a processing capability of up to 15 pounds of produce waste A DAY, this unit will go a LONG way towards making your company GREEN.

With a footprint of 4′ x 4′, you’ll have plenty of room to order several of these units to reduce your carbon footprint.

You can read all about this incredibly commercial size worm composter at:  http://www.thewormdude.com/shop-categories/

African Nightcrawlers……They’re BAAAACK!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I’ve received dozens of requests for African Nightcrawlers this month.

Guess What?  They’re BAAAACK!

Contact me for details:  TheWormDude@Comcast.Net

Do Worm Castings Help Your Veggies Grow?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Have you ever tasted an artichoke?   If you have not, you’ve really missed out on a great tasting vegetable.  Actually, in my household, we call the artichoke a Mayonaisse delivery system…..because there is always plenty of Mayo for dipping this yummy treat.

Take a look at how HUGE my artichoke plants have grown.  They look more like how healthy plants look at the beginning of summer.  This is normally NOT how plants look in March!    What is the secret to my HUGE plants?    No secret…just a mixture of worm castings and neglect. 🙂  It’s true…other than applying castings, I’ve done nothing to these plants.  I didn’t even water them!   When it rained…they drank.

Last year we had hundreds of artichokes.  I’m expecting that many again this year!