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That’s a LOTTA Scraps!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

These pics are from a week ago, but they show what’s going on in my Worm Inn system.  Last weeks scraps are breaking down well, and it’s time for the scraps produced this week.  As you can see, we produce quite a lot of scraps.  As long as I still have plenty of bedding material for the worms, the scraps are being processed nicely.

Again, this is far from raising worms in any plastic bin.  If you doubt this, get a bucket, drill some air holes in the bucket, and add a bunch of fruit and veggie scraps.  Let me know how good that smells in a week…YUCK.

Just How Much Can The Worm Inn Process?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I’m constantly asked, “Just how much can The Worm Inn Process”?  The answer is, it depends.  If you fill it with damp, fluffed bedding….I’m talking starting out with 20 or 30 newspapers, it can process A LOT!

Check out the pics below.  Last week I stuffed an already full Worm Inn with more banana peels, lettuce, pineapple, even a WHOLE PUMPKIN.   Don’t try this with any type of plastic bin, because all you will do is kill your worms.  Plastic does not breathe, so excess scraps become anaerobic and acidic.  The Worm Inn is different.  Way different.

See for yourself.

Urgent Question From Sam

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Hi there – just got a worm bin – it’s a “worm factory” – anyways…I just love the ding dong things and I can’t help but feed them daily and then turn their “soil”.  When I do this, am I stressing them out?  I want them to reproduce for sure – so I can compost more but I don’t want to stress them so they don’t…can you tell me if “playing” with them and their soil is going to prevent them from reproducing?

Hi Sam,
Na, it’s not going to stop them from reproducing, but you will likely end up with a bug swarm because when you turn over their bedding, you are likely bringing up some of the rotting vegetation to the top.

Additionally, people often realize that their bedding looks best when they come back from a short vacation (A few days away).  Worms are just doing their thing and have turned the bedding into rich Vermicompost.  But, if you are careful and make sure your scraps are well covered every time you get done playing, you should be fine.

Gardening Can Be Simple…But….

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Gardening can be simple….Unfortunately,  many of the products sold to “Help” you grow plants are actually detrimental to long term soil health.

Healthy soil grows healthy plants.  Healthy plants need very little babysitting, whereas unhealthy plants, grown in unhealthy soil,  require a constant regimen of “Treatments” just to stay alive.  It’s a cycle of neglect and treat.

Here is an example of how we tend to do the EXACT opposite of what we should be doing:

In the fall, most of us sweep up fallen leaves and send them away with the trash.  What we should be doing is taking all of these leaves and placing them on top of the soil where we grow our favorite plants.  This is amending your soil at it’s most basic level, and it is the VERY best thing we can do to make healthy soil.

The winter rains will break down the leaves, leaving gorgeous, healthy soil in the spring.

So…why do we bring leaves to the curb?

If Copying is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Just heard about this new composting system sold in New Zealand…It’s called The Hungry Bin.  The Hungry Bin has been around for about two years and cost $295.

Love the concept although I don’t love a bin made out of plastic.   It will present the same problems as all plastic bins.   Limited food scraps, always fighting to avoid excess moisture problems.

Take a look and see if you see any resembalance.

The Worm Inn is 4 years old….The Hungry Bin is 2 years old…Hmmm..

That was Then, THIS IS NOW

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Take a look at my earlier blog post about this Asian Pear Tree.  I was about 3 seconds from putting (What I thought to be), this dead stick in the street for yard waste collection.

I’m happy to say that with some worm castings and some good soil, my Asian Pear is now a very happy plant!

What do you think?

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?