Gardening. It’s so healthy.

Written by Matthew on 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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Planting pole beans without a trellis. The super easy way!

Written by Matthew on June 22nd, 2013


 

Make your thumb a little greener.

Written by Matthew on 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

Written by Matthew on 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

Written by Matthew on 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.

Written by Matthew on May 4th, 2013

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Heirloom seeds

Written by Matthew on 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.

Written by Matthew on 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.

 

Will my worms over populate?

Written by Matthew on April 2nd, 2013

I am commonly asked if worms can over populate the worm bin. Worms multiply quickly, but they will not overpopulate. Worms can double in population every 90 days or so, but once a certain amount of worms inhabit an area the reproduction slows.

The worms seem to reach this equilibrium at about 2 pounds of worms per square foot of surface area. In actuality it highly depends upon how heavily they are fed and the aeration of the bin. The more worms you have though the quicker your compost will … compost.

 

Worms can learn sign language!

Written by Matthew on 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!!!