Alice Cristenson grows gorgeous flowers, especially lilies. Despite already having much success, she wanted to try adding worm castings to her garden. She says these are the biggest, brightest, and most beautiful flowers she has ever grown! Mrs. Cristenson has been kind enough to send us photos...enjoy!
Worm Castings Success Story A customer, Maegan, recently contacted us to share her experience using worm castings. She and her in-laws bought their plants the same day, at the same location, and planted them at the same time. Her in-laws are experienced gardeners; it was her first time to plant a garden. A week later, her father-in-law noticed that her plants were twice the size of his plants. He asked her what she [...]
We look forward to seeing our friends at the Cotton Mill Farmers Market on opening day! Locals from all over Carroll County offer fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and more. We hope to be there with our all natural worm castings that can help keep the fruits and veggies coming!
Spreading - and pH Balancing - the Love Soil is constantly being covered by leaf litter. Left to decompose without earthworms, it can take up to two years for leaves to decay. Earthworms can shred surface detritus in a few months. Not only does this return vital nutrients to the soil faster to be absorbed by the plants, but it gives other soil organisms like bacteria and fungi access to the food value in [...]
Choosing Fertilizer: Surprise—Chemicals Are Bad It’s an Underground Food Web The soil beneath your feet is a complex habitat comprised of an intricate food web. According to the book Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, most soil life is in the first four inches of soil. Microbial geneticists have measured a billion bacteria, several thousand protozoa, yards of fungal hyphae, and a few dozen nematodes in the average [...]
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 [...]