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Gardening Hacks

2017-03-10T14:50:22+00:00September 19th, 2015|Gardening Tips, How-To's|

How to Get the Most out of Your Garden Many pollinators love lavender, and its strong smell can protect your garden! Let Your Plants Work for You Plant rosemary, bee balm, yarrow, heather, rockcress, hollyhock, and lavender to attract insects that pollinate your plants AND eat bad insects that harm your crops (rosemary and lavender—due to their strong scent—as well as yarrow—due to its texture—have the added benefit of repelling [...]

Fall Gardening

2017-03-08T02:09:46+00:00August 28th, 2015|Gardening Tips, How-To's, Using Worm Castings|

Okay, so the growing season is winding down. The corn is done; I’ve pulled up all the stalks and given them to the goats, who devoured them like “kids” eating sugarcane. The bush beans are looking straggly and even the squash has played out. The only thing that seems to be thriving is the okra. I have put up all the okra I can, even putting small pods in the leftover juice from jars [...]

How to Make Worm Tea

2017-03-07T17:43:13+00:00August 11th, 2015|Gardening Tips, How-To's, Worm Tea|

We produce and promote worm tea as opposed to compost tea because it is a superior product in every way. Worm tea is made from pure worm castings whereas compost tea is made from composted materials, which can vary greatly in quality and nutritional value. Furthermore, the worm casting production method we use is uniform, producing a consistently superior casting. Thus, our worm tea always meets our high quality standards. The Benefits of [...]

Marvelous Mulch

2017-03-11T14:00:05+00:00July 21st, 2015|Gardening Tips|

Mulch is a “hot” topic. Mulch is any material used to cover the soil around plants, shrubs, and trees. Some are organic, such as pine bark, but inorganic materials, such as pebbles, can be used as well. Mulch improves the appearance of landscapes and is beneficial for plants. Why use mulch? Mulched areas attract worms. Worms will further break down the mulch, provide natural fertilizer in the form of castings, and improve the [...]

Garden Storm

2017-03-11T15:49:53+00:00July 16th, 2015|Health and Wellness|

Hit by a Georgia Storm So last night we had bad storms. Really bad storms. Lightning struck all around and thunder rolled at decibels that reverberated through my core. I went out this morning to check on the garden. I expected some damage, and I was not let down. Tomato plants in cages were blown over, some corn stalks were now parallel to the ground, and quite a few bush beans had stems [...]

What Kind of Soil Do I Have?

2017-03-07T16:48:49+00:00July 10th, 2015|Compost and Composting, Gardening Tips, Happy Worms in Your Garden|

All Dirt Needs Worms Although adding worm castings to your planting methods is good for your plants and profitable for us, if you have a large garden, you can improve your soil on a long-term, continuous basis by letting a hard-working army of earthworms work for you. One worm can produce one-third of a pound of fertilizer a year. Multiply that by the number of earthworms, which reproduce asexually anyway, that you have in [...]

Getting Started in the Business of Worm Poop

2017-03-11T15:50:33+00:00July 7th, 2015|All Natural Worm Castings|

My husband, Scott, and myself. COUNTRY LIVING Becoming purveyors of worm poop was never one of the answers either my husband or I gave to the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question. He became a union ironworker and I became a high school English teacher. Again, nothing about either of those career choices gave any indication of vermiculture (the fancy word for earthworm farming) in our future. [...]