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Gardening. It’s so healthy.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Gardening has become so much fun for me in the past couple years that I can hardly get myself to do real work. It didn’t use to be this way though. My soil way hard clay and very compact. To do anything involved very hard work or using mechanized equipment. Then I became a worm farmer about 5 years ago when I started Worms Etc. I had often heard the compost was good for the soil and that worm compost was the best, but I didn’t really believe it I guess.

Then I put down a thick layer of worm castings over the garden and made raised beds. WOW, what a difference. Very few weeds and they come out so easy. I never do any tilling, I simply use a fork to loosen the soil before planting.

When you see the results of your effort come out of the ground and then on the table it is quite a rewarding experience. Oh so healthy too. Fresh vegetable and fruits are I think without question healthy and good for the body. Gardening is good for the mind and keeps you flexible and strong. Start gardening today.

You can plant something almost year round. Spring is the obvious time, but many thing do best planted in the fall.

Thanks for reading, Matthew.

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Make your thumb a little greener.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Having a green thumb doesn’t come via a special gardening gene. Anyone including you can have a green thumb. Although it does take some time, effort and experience, with time you can learn to have the most beautiful garden or houseplants around. Here are some tips to get you started.

Worm castings as and compost are full of organic matter which plants love. Organic matter hold nutrients and releases them slowly as the plants need them. Furthermore they keep the soil loose and retain moisture. Twice a year add worm compost to your plants. Simply add a 1/4 inch layer on top of the soil around the plants. Within a few years you will have some very rich soil.

Water, but don’t drown. It is a good idea to water outdoor plants deeply and less frequently, than to water lightly often. This encourages roots to go deep. Also watering in the morning is best since it gives the leaves a chance to dry rather than staying wet all night which can encourage leaf diseases.

Don’t give up and experiment around. Try different varieties of whatever you are growing and see which one grows best in your area.

What other suggestions can you offer? Please leave you comments and suggestions.

Interesting facts about earthworms

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
  • In one acre of land, there can be more than a million earthworms.
  • The largest earthworm ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.
  • Worms tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.
  • Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms more than 100 years ago.
  • Worms are cold-blooded animals.
  • Earthworms have the ability to replace or replicate lost segments. This ability varies greatly depending on the species of worm you have, the amount of damage to the worm and where it is cut. It may be easy for a worm to replace a lost tail, but may be very difficult or impossible to replace a lost head if things are not just right.
  • Baby worms are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.
  • The Australian Gippsland Earthworm grows to 12 feet long and can weigh 1-1/2 pounds.

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/worms/facts/

Worm Castings Greenville SC

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

I am commonly asked if you can come purchase worms or worm castings here at the farm. I am glad to say that if you are in the area, feel free to come by and purchase. We have plenty of worm castings. We are located just outside of Greenville. Our address is 3148 Cannon Rd, Greer SC. Although we may be here at other times, we are almost always here from 10am till 4pm on weekdays.

Thanks

Spring garden is grow, grow, growing.

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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Heirloom seeds

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Hello worm enthusiast,

It’s very rare for me to give a recommendation, but I am super impressed with an online seed supplier that I have been using for a couple years now. If you are looking for heirloom seeds for gardening, then I suggest you try these guys out!

St Clare Heirloom Seeds

Recycle your paper waste by composting with worms.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

If you have lots of paper trash, look no further than the lowly worm to recycle it. Worms will consume office paper, cardboard, newspaper, paper plates, paper towels and on it goes. Just throw them into your worm bin and they will eat it right up.

When the worms are finished you will have worm castings. Castings can be used to grow new paper, or more practically any plant, fruit or vegetable you choose.

Worms can learn sign language!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

WORMS CAN LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE!!! It took two years training, four hours a day, but I have finally taught a European Red Worm sign language. European red worms are considered to be the smartest of all worms. Some have had IQ’s tested at 60 points. That put the European red worm on the same level as some dolphins. After realizing this I decided I would train a worm a few simple phrases in sign language. (Realizing worms couldn’t make sounds with their mouths, this seemed the most reasonable method of communication) I started with a simple greeting and then I would give the worm a treat, a single coffee ground. (this is one of the worms favorite foods) After just two weeks the worm would meet me at the same time every day. Then I proceeded to teach the worm how to say APRIL FOOLS!!!

Micro organisms and the symbiotic relationship between microbes, worms, and plants

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Rose Bush In Front Garden. Picture Taken In Middle Of November.

Microorganisms in the soil are important for plant health. Both positive and negative health effects can result from microorganisms.  Microorganisms that promote healthy plant growth are called beneficial microbes. Microorganisms which deter from plant growth or otherwise harm plants are known as  plant pathogens.

Beneficial microbes help plants by several different methods. The most common method is by beneficial microbes releasing nutrients to plants that otherwise would be unavailable. Interestingly, some beneficial microbes are able to bolster plant growth without increasing available nutrients to the plants. It is unknown exactly the method through which these beneficial microbes bolster plant growth. Commonly it is thought that some microorganisms may produce chemicals that mimic natural plant growth hormones. Also beneficial microbes may prevent certain plant diseases and other pathogenic microbes from harming a plant. Beneficial microbes sometimes can even kill pathogenic microbes by destroying the cell membranes of pathogens.

Worms have a symbiotic relationship with plants. Worms consume the litter that plants produce as they grow, such as old leaves in the fall. As worms digest this decaying plant matter they release nutrients back into the soil. Worms do this with the help of many microorganisms. These microorganisms are also commonly beneficial plant microbes. This is clearly seen when worm tea is applied on plant foliage. Studies by universities including Ohio State University have proven these benefits exist. Also huge improvement in plant health can be seen simply when worm castings are used around the base of the plant as a soil amendment and fertilizer.

One simple observation that I have personally witnessed was when I started adding worm castings around the base of my rose plants. In the past these rose plants were just average, but immediately after dumping worm castings around the roses they begin to grow and bloom quite vigorously. It’s now the middle of November and my rosebushes are still producing dozens beautiful flowers. No more red fungus spots on the leaves either.

When I started farming worms I had the intentions of mainly just selling the worms, but it was not long until I realized the value of worm castings. It is quite a remarkable thing to see these plants grow after feeding them with worm castings. You really need to see it for yourself to believe it. I am always so confident in these benefits that I will assure you that if you buy worm castings from me and you’re not completely satisfied then I will gladly refund you for the purchase.

Fortunately I have plenty of worm castings available right now. I am working on a more efficient way of bagging in distributing the worm castings. If you run a nursery or any business which might be interested in worm castings you can look up my contact information on my website. www.wormsetc.com  Also we sell a special potting soil made from a mixture of worm castings, coconut coir, leaf compost, vermiculite, rock powder, and alfalfa meal. I don’t think that a better potting mix is made. These products are available from our website. Also if you live in the upstate of South Carolina you can visit our place to pick up your order. Starting this spring we will be distributing our products to garden retailers across the upstate of South Carolina.

Worms to Hong Kong

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Just in case you are worried that your worms may not make it in the mail ok, no worries at all. We ship worms all over the world without issues. We just shipped a box of worms to Hong Kong via USPS international mail and they arrived without a hitch or even a single worm dying.