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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?

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.