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SERIOUS Vermicomposting!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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I’ve had a pumpkin sitting around since October.  Today’s as good as any day to feed it to the worms.  Plopped it into my Worm Inn (Just a regular, not a MEGA) and as it breaks down, the worms will chew it up.  No need to chop, blend, or anything.  Just covered with newspaper.

 

What’s Better Than Worm Castings?

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Great Customers!

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I wrote back to Shelli thanking her, and telling her when her worm castings would be shipped.  Shelli wrote back with some great photo’s of her garden.  According to Shelli, I (The castings), help her grow almost everything.

These were special castings though.  Shelli’s hubby purchased them for her.  They even have a special name for the castings, “Garden Chocolate”.  How cute is that!

When I educate people about the value of worm castings, I always tell them that you can apply castings around even the most tender of plants such as an orchid or a fern.  Because castings are low nitrogen, you need not worry about burning your plants roots.  Obviously, Shelli’s Orchids and Camellias are doing fantastic.

Thanks to Shelli and her hubby for the great pics!

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NEXT GEN BREEDER BLEND African Nightcrawler Cocoon Mix

Monday, January 19th, 2015

next gen breeder blend

Try counting all the cute little baby African Nightcrawlers

6 Weeks

70 Degrees

Cornmeal and ground oatmeal fed

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Do you LOVE your Worm Castings?

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

 

I LOVE my worm castings.  I keep a very busy schedule.  Actually, I keep a TOO busy schedule.  But that’s okay because I get bored easily.  Sound familiar?  Anyway, I don’t have time for playing with food scraps, and I don’t have time to deal with Muddy Worm Castings.  Look at the Worm Castings that I just emptied out of my Worm Inn.  These are simply photo’s taken with my smart phone.  No pretty lighting, no screened castings….just raw product.  Do you love YOUR Worm Castings?  If not, try raising your worms in a Worm Inn.wi castings in hand

wi castings unloaded

We’ve Got African Nightcrawler Cocoons!

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

By POPULAR DEMAND, we are now offering NEXT GEN BREEDER BLEND African Nightcrawler cocoons.

 

What?

 

When worm growers harvest worms, the product that falls to the bottom is full of baby worms, and cocoons.  Traditionally, this mixture is put back into the worm beds for future generations.  After expanding operations, we are loaded with African Nightcrawlers and will be offering this valuable mix our customers.  Read all about it here:

http://www.thewormdude.com/products-page/now-available-worm-cocoons/

 

African Nightcrawlers are also now available year around (Weather Permitting)!

No Greenhouse? There is still hope!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

 

greenhouses

One of my readers (Valerie) was talking to me about her raised beds.  She had just ordered Alabama Jumpers, and was excited for her worms to arrive.   As soon as I saw this picture, I thought, what a brilliant idea!  The plastic half bins are the equivalent of several Greenhouses.  Great for sheltering tender plants from the cold in the fall and giving them a good start.

I love ideas like this.

 

 

Tired Of Bitter Lettuce? Grow Your Own!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Have you noticed that store bought lettuce is often bitter in the summer?  It’s not your imagination.  Store bought lettuce is bitter because hot sun will cause lettuce to become bitter.  I have grow boxes in my backyard, but because they receive a lot of direct sun, I grow sun loving plants only in the grow boxes.

 

What to do?

 

You can easily grow lettuce in pots under shade (See above).  Using castings helps make the lettuce grow quickly, which is what you want, as slow growing lettuce tends to be bitter also.  August tends to be our hottest month, so I’ve got another option specifically for growing in the hottest part of the year that I will share shortly.

Interesting Reader Questions!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

I am planning to use vermiculite in my raised garden bed for growing vegetables, and would like to know if it will harm earthworms?

By the way, regarding the worm casting you sell, is it 100% pure casting?

What they sell at OSH, labeled, “black gold”, is mixed with peat moss and compost.

 

Vermiculite in “Normal” quantities (Say 10%-20%) does not harm worms. I know this because my container planting mix contains worm castings(usually with worms), peat moss, vermiculite and/or turface, compost, and biochar. When I repot my plants, the mix is full of happy worms.

You need to make sure that the rest of your garden bed material is worm friendly though. A treatment of synthetic fertilizer would make your mix NOT worm friendly, and some may believe the worms were harmed by the vermiculite.

Regarding “Pure” castings. In 7 years in this industry, I have NEVER seen “Pure” castings. Frankly, the science behind growing worms would suggest there is no such thing as “Pure” castings. Don’t get scammed.

Because worm castings can get really muddy, trying to raise worms in castings is not a good idea. It’s really easy to cut all the oxygen out, and you want a bedding that is fairly light so that it breathes. If raising worms in castings is difficult, surely keeping worms in castings long enough so that they’ve eaten all of the other material would make raising worms difficult.

Wormin With Grandma

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

In this video game babysitter world we live in,  here’s a refreshing pic.  Grandma Janis Sue letting her worms loose in the garden with her adorable 3 year old Grandson helping.  Or as Janis Sue likes to say,  “Planting” her worms in the garden bed.

 

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