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This guy created a food forest in the middle of the desert

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Learn about how this Master Gardener created a food forest in the Phoenix, Arizona suburbs.

His secret.  LOTS of organic material and he added worms to help the process along.

If you have a nicer garden than this, please share pics.

The entire Watermelon is GONE. I can’t believe my worms ate the whole thing!

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

If you caught the humor in my headline, you’re old like me.  LOL.

Seriously though…I normally would not have an entire watermelon to feed my worms, but I purchased several, we went on vacation, this melon developed a soft spot on the bottom of it…so it needed to be “Recycled”.’

As per my previous post, I simply put the entire Watermelon in my Inn, and today I decided to see what was left.

Nothing was left.

Pound for pound, the worms eat MUCH more than any person.

Wow!

 

 

How to process an ENTIRE WATERMELON in The Worm Inn – Six easy steps

Friday, June 30th, 2017

We spent a few days of our vacation at a cabin in the woods.  During the time we were away, we had an entire (almost 8 pound) watermelon start to rot.

Rather than put the watermelon in the garbage, we fed it to our worms using our, The Worm Inn.

The process was simple…..

STEP 1

Place rotting watermelon in a huge bowl to carry it to The Worm Inn, (Inside my garage).

Step 2

Weigh the watermelon.  This step is totally unnecessary, but makes for a good story. Yup, almost 8 pounds.

Step 3

Unzip The Worm Inn and make room for the Watermelon.  If you look closely, you will see the remains of a bunch of watermelon rinds, along and some home grown tomato’s (slug damaged) that we had put in the Inn before we left on vacation.

Step 4

Place entire rotting watermelon in The Worm Inn.  Make sure I have PLENTY of bedding in the unit to avoid creating a sewer as this melon breaks down over the next few days.

Step 5

Move bedding back on top of the rotting watermelon.

Step 6

Zip bag back up.

Summary:

If you think worms are pretty cool…you now realize just how SIMPLE, The Worm Inn is to use.

When I tell people I treat my The Worm Inn like a garbage can (for my produce scraps), I mean it.

The BIOgrub Trap In Action

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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I recently received an email from my friend Rich, where he showed me his BIOpod+ with the BIOgrub trap on top.  He’s excited, because after trying other methods, that were not successful, he is now finding eggs all over the inside of his BIOpod+.

If you’re going to invest the time and money in raising BSFL, you should do it right the first time.  The BIOgrub trap fits over your BIOpod+ like a sock, keeping the Black Soldier Flies contained.  This way, you KNOW they are not going to fly away and not come back!  Look closely and you can see all the BSF’s!

Congrats Rich!  Looking forward to pics showing thousands of small grubs!

 

 

Everyone LOVES our African Nightcrawlers

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Hi Jerry, 

The ANC’s arrived today. Thank you.. The box was so heavy.  Initially, I thought I got someone else’s order by mistake, but after opening, I’m assuming, its a pound of ANC’s and a few pounds of castings. Haven’t taken the worm out yet, I’ll do that in a couple of hours after my son gets home so he can watch them disappear.

I also wanted to thank you for the tip in your blog about soaking your bedding for at least 24 hours. Mine soaked between 48 and 72 and I’m pretty sure they like it. I haven’t had 1 try to run and they seem to be evenly dispersed through out the bedding. Great thing about soaking is, I haven’t had to mist since I put the bedding in, and it still feels evenly moist throughout.

Thanks,
David

 

Understanding Worms – How To Keep Them In Captivity And Why Worms Die?

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

I received an interesting question that I would like to share…

My name is (removed), I was wondering if you have ever seen anything like this before. There are several hours between pictures.  

This picture was taken a few hours after I dug up these night crawlers. The crawler at the bottom of the photo was freshly dug up for comparison.

This is a few hours later. They are starting to get skinny in their lower 2/3 rds and swelling in their upper 1/3rd.

This is the last picture. You can see, if you zoom in, that they are splitting and their guts are spilling out.

This is not the first time I have seen this as evidenced by the fact I knew to take the pictures. I knew what was going to happen.

 Here are some facts concerning them:

 I collect these crawlers from roadways when it rainsI  have tried to keep them in a cooler, in bedding, feeding them worm food, but they always get skinny and die.Now I just put them in one spot in my yard and hope they stay put by feeding them well.I feed them cardboard, breadcrumbs mostly, and in the fall I put A LOT of apples in with them.I dump a lot of crumbs and chunks of bread on top of the soil every few weeks. It gets mixed in to the soil whenever I dig some crawlers up for fishing. I have since figured out that is a no no.I am not trying to raise the crawlers for profit, I just want them for fishing.I don’t know what kind of nightcrawlers these are, I live in Colorado, and from my experience these things are huge. I have caught many of them 14″ long (measured. I’m not guessing at length). The soil ph is 7. That’s about all the pertinent info I can think of, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate the help. They are some high quality nightcrawlers and don’t deserve to die this way. Thank you for your help.

 

You are describing a non composting worm such as a Canadian Nightcrawler (Common Nightcrawlers that are dug from farms and fields In the Northern US and Canada) that you are digging up, and trying to raise like a composting worm.

Canadian nightcrawlers live in dirt, are not extremely voracious, and are not nearly as active as a composting worm (such as a red wiggler).

What you are describing is protein poisoning. The worm starts to look like a string of pearls before it dies.

Wrong environment/Wrong Feed.

Bait shops keep these crawlers in refrigeration (slows down their metabolism), inside a peat/coir based bedding that has some leaf litter in it.

The worms are like big slugs, they are not very active, and do not require much feed. They can be kept for weeks like this.

Obviously, if you put them in a habitat that is COMPLETELY different than their normal environment with COMPLETELY Different feed, you will have a problem.

There is a reason why Canadian Nightcrawlers are dug and not cultured.

The better you can recreate an animals natural environment (any animal), the more successful you will be in keeping it alive.

 

Fish cannot RESIST our Worms!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Watch this entertaining video by Damon of Black Warrior Lures.  Damon caught all these fish using our European Nightcrawlers!

Worms are doing GREAT!

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

A couple of months ago, I put down a layer of coco coir, a thick layer of leaves, and a handful of red wigglers.  Here is what they look like now.  The red wigglers are nice and healthy, and the leaves are getting broken down.

 

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WHY YOU NEED A WORM INN!!!

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

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Because you can’t compost anywhere NEAR this amount of produce in a plastic system.

Not

Even

Close!

For the record, you are looking at the remains of:

3 whole pineapples

3 Cantaloupes

5 Romaine Lettuce Butts

…And Bits and Pieces of produce scraps that have almost been devoured

Any questions?

Worms in Leaves

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

It’s been 3 weeks since I  put the worms in the leaf bedding with no additional feed.  How are they  doing?

68The bedding is still slightly damp.  It looks like they have been eating on some of the leaves.  Let’s dig down and search for signs of life.

69The worms are looking strong.  No signs of problems.  I’ll leave them alone (Pardon the pun), and  let them continue to do their thing.