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How to create a worm friendly environment

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

We sell hundreds of thousands of Alabama Jumpers every year.  People LOVE Alabama Jumpers because they are EXACTLY what customers are looking for when they think of active earthworms to aerate their soil.

The number one question regarding Alabama Jumpers is:  “How do I create a worm friendly environment for the Jumpers”?

Before investing money on worms, you need to make sure you are not adding pesticides and/or synthetic fertilizers to your soil.  If you use those, your soil is likely to be void of most life.  If you have stopped using these poisons in an attempt to let nature restore your soil over time, best to wait until you see a lot of insect activity before buying Alabama Jumpers.  How long you will need  to wait is dependent on a ton of  variables.  The chemicals have you  been applying to your soil, how long, how much, soil type, etc…..

When you are ready to create your worm friendly environment, I suggest gathering a bunch of leaves, and adding them to the top of your soil.  You want to avoid leaves such as pine needles, Eucalyptus (strong smelling), and Oak (Tannins).   It is important that you layer the leaves on top of your soil (As a thick mulch) instead of simply mixing them in.   You want the leaves to break down over time.  If you simply till a bunch of fresh leaves into your soil, the nitrogen in your soil will be tied up breaking down the leaves, robbing your soil (And your plants) of the necessary nitrogen plants need for growth.

Here’s a secret that I’ve only shared with a few.  If you shred your leaves into small pieces (I consider 1/2″ pieces small), they break down INCREDIBLY fast!

You could invest in a leaf shredder, but they are pretty expensive, take up space, tie you to a nearby power supply, or run on gasoline and oil.  But…You may already have a tool to shred your leaves and not even know it.

Here’s my secret.  Most people have leaf blowers.  Our leaf blower happens to be rechargeable, no cord, no gas, and no power cord needed.  Leaf blowers blow, but they also SUCK (via a vacuum kit)!   Some leaf blowers come with the kit (A vacuum tube and bag), others make you buy the vacuum kit separately, but they are not normally that expensive.

I use my Leaf sucker to make our landscape look neat, but more importantly, I add the shredded leaves as a mulch around all my trees.  As it breaks down, it makes the most beautiful moisture retaining Humus (You cannot buy this stuff anywhere), and greatly reduces the need/frequency of watering.

Green thumb?  Nope.  Special products to attract worms?  Nope.  I just know the secret to making Humus (decomposed leaf litter that worms and plants LOVE) quickly.   And now YOU also know the secret!

 

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The SECRET to great tomato’s

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

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Summer will end soon, but I’ve been wanting to share the secret for GREAT tomato plants.

READY?

The secret is extremely aggressive foliage trimming.

What gardeners typically do:

Most of us plant our tomato’s, and never touch them until they are producing.  What you end up with are overgrown plants (You know you do), that end up producing a bunch of fruit that you don’t even see, until you reach in and put your thumb in a big old rotten tomato.

What gardeners SHOULD do:

Aggressively trim the foliage, starting with anything that grows below the bottom layer of fruit.  By cutting back the leaves so they don’t make contact with the ground, you open up the air flow to your plants.  Additionally,  you should cut any sucker branch’s so that your fruit is clearly exposed.  By trimming back worthless foliage, your plants will have more energy to produce superior fruit!  Plus, the fruit is easy to see, and right in front of you for easy picking.

 

 

Yes, it is what it looks like.

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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About 6 months ago, I got into a discussion with a Master Gardener that had come over to purchase some worms.  I showed her the pineapple plants that I had successfully overwintered (The tops came off of store bought pineapples).  She said, “You can grow the plants here (Northern California), but you cannot get them to fruit”.

I thought differently.  Most plants, as long as they are thriving, will eventually produce fruit.  Look at how cute my little pineapple fruit is!

How do I keep my plants thriving?  Worm Castings!

Now, worm castings alone will not keep a pineapple plant alive through the winter.  What I did was put the container next to my house all winter.  The heat from the house radiated just enough to help this pineapple plant survive the cold.  We have moderate temps in San Jose, but they are nothing like Hawaii, the home of the pineapple.

Everyone that sees the stuff that I grow says, “You have a green thumb”.  They should say, “You have a black thumb”….the color of my Worm Castings!

 

 

EVERYTHING You Thought You Knew About Gardening Is Wrong!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

I’ve been INSPIRED.  Just as The Worm Inn has turned worm composting upside down due to it’s simplicity and AIR FLOW Design, My friend Larry Hall has developed a Set And Forget Gardening System.  Appropriately called, Gro-Matic, this is a TRUE Automatic Gardening System.

Why is the SECRET that makes the Gro-Matic Gardening System better than ANY other method of gardening?

1. Root Pruning (It’s all in the AIR FLOW)!

2. Sub Irrigation Watering

When these two gardening methods are combined, plants EXPLODE with growth.

Here are some actual pics of plants grown this past year.  You will not believe your eyes.

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If you thought these pictures were flukes, YOU’RE WRONG.  You can grow plants like these the entire growing season!

Forget about systems like square foot gardening.  I’ve tried it and produced meh plants.  The Gro-Matic system allows ANYONE to grow plants that Master Gardeners only DREAM about.

If you have ANY interest in gardening whatsoever, you owe it to yourself to try this.  YOU WILL BE AMAZED!

5 EASY STEPS!

1. Assemble your system (Simple)

2. Hook up a water supply (A hose or even a rain barrel will work)

3. Add Potting Mix to your Grow Bags

4. Add your plants

5. WALK AWAY UNTIL YOU HARVEST THE MOST GORGEOUS, HAPPY, AND PRODUCTIVE PLANTS EVER!

It’s THAT Easy!

Best of all, the system costs less than $150 (Plus very reasonable shipping)!

Because this is the first year of production, there is the possibility of running out long before spring.  Treat yourself to the most advanced yet simple gardening system EVER!