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Organic Pest & Disease Control With Worm Composting

Here’s a nice success story sent in from a reader that you might find interesting (and familiar too if you’ve been composting with worms for any length of time)… “We live in a Retirement Village and space is limited so it is not possible to have a compost heap. As an alternative, I started a…

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Beautiful Aquaponics System Design

The brief mention of Aquaponics in the recent newsletter sure got some tremendous feedback. It seems like a lot of you are really interested in exploring it further, and many of you are already doing it which is even cooler. We got some amazing photos sent in (see below) and some great feedback about what some of you…

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Plants Grown In Worm Castings Grew 3 Times Better Than Identical Plants Grown In Potting Mix

Did you know that tomato plants grown in worm castings grew on average 3 times better than identical plants grown in standard potting mix, and nearly 4 times better than those grown in standard soil? Each plant was planted in the same volume of growing medium, was given the same volume of water and sunlight…

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Quick Worm Tea Technique…

The following was sent in by a reader of the newsletter and has been posted here as it may prove useful to others… “About 99% of advice and videos I’ve seen on how to make Worm Tea involve soaking the castings for 24-48 hours in a 5 gal or larger container with air bubblers going…

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Newspaper Sludge As Worm Bedding / Food

“I am experimenting with recycled newspaper sludge from work as bedding/feed. The worms seem to be happy in it, but the green food seems to take a long time to break down. Chunks of lettuce are still crisp after three weeks. Is there any way to speed up how fast food breaks down?” ~ Justin…

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Maximize Biomass In Worm Production / Vermicomposting

“We would like to know how to maximize biomass in the most efficient manner and in doing so know what might be the differences in approaching max biomass vs mass vermicompost for gardening?   Our multi project approach here on the rancho will of course benefit tremendously from the compost and worm teas, etc, but…

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How Did Red Wrigglers Get Their Name?

“What did the Red Wrigglers do to deserve such a derogatory second name (for non Latin scholars it translates as “stinking”)? Mine don’t smell. Do any of them? Regards” ~ Patrick Kenealy Hi Patrick, Interesting question! Foetida does indeed translate to ‘stinking’. This is also where the english word ‘Fetid’ comes from. Now why do…

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