Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Green Juicing: Growing & Recipes Ideas
by CapeCoddess Today at 1:36 pm

» Help - Building new raised beds
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:27 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by countrynaturals Today at 12:21 pm

» Seed starting station..
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 8:54 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Today at 5:40 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Today at 2:26 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by yolos Today at 1:16 am

» Escarole in SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:55 am

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:36 pm

» To all my SFG pals and more.
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 9:11 pm

» Cauliflower
by sanderson Yesterday at 7:37 pm

» Sad News from Jimmy Cee
by ralitaco Yesterday at 7:27 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Yesterday at 5:30 pm

» Grow Light Question
by camprn Yesterday at 4:30 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by donnainzone5 Yesterday at 4:24 pm

» New England January 2017
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 2:20 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:15 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:15 pm

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 12:07 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:56 am

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos Yesterday at 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 4:18 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 12:45 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by AtlantaMarie 1/20/2017, 8:18 pm

» Food Dehydrators
by sanderson 1/20/2017, 1:21 pm

» Green Ice Leaf Lettuce
by MrBooker 1/20/2017, 4:46 am

» Gardening Australia
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 10:05 pm

» New Forum Feature
by Scorpio Rising 1/19/2017, 9:56 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

growing with your worm castings

View previous topic View next topic Go down

growing with your worm castings

Post  GWN on 2/4/2013, 11:35 am

I have started a few Embarassed seeds indoors in little pots. I have limited supplies right now and have made some mels mix for the seeds with what is left of vermiculite, peat and my worm castings.
Unfortunately, and somewhat expectantly... the worm castings are FULL of seeds since they have been eating my tomatoes all fall. SOOOOO Embarassed my little pots are full of little tomato seeds.
I have also planted some flower seeds and soon enough I WILL be able to tell them apart, but with the tomatoes I have just planted each pot that I put 2 seeds in has about 25 tomato plants growing.... Hard to know which plant is THE plant I wanted.
Anyone else had this issue. I guess this has happened to me before with the compost, but usually my plants are of a certain size before the volunteers start coming up.

GWN

Posts : 2719
Join date : 2012-01-14
Age : 60
Location : british columbia zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  JackieB999 on 2/4/2013, 12:37 pm

Wow, it's amazing that they grow when we dont want them to! LOL! They might end up being a killer tomato crop.

I don't farm my own worms (yet lol)... but I wondered if it's a good idea to keep scrap seeds out of the worm bin?

JackieB999

Female Posts : 125
Join date : 2012-12-04
Location : Central Florida

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Growing with your worm castings

Post  GloriaG on 2/4/2013, 1:28 pm

Hi GWN,

Sorry you're having such trouble with your seedlings.

FWIW - I have been very successful starting seeds in little containers of pure vermiculite than moving them to little pots of MM. If you haven't started all your seeds yet, and have some vermiculite left, you might try that. Then, by the time you move them you'd be able to differentiate the tomato volunteers from your intended starts.

With your existing tomato seedlings, perhaps you will be able to tell by the leaf shape and color as well as where they're located in the pot.

GloriaG

Female Posts : 425
Join date : 2010-03-15
Location : Double Oak, TX Zone 8a

View user profile http://www.laketrailstudio.com

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  camprn on 2/4/2013, 2:12 pm

This is a good example of why I use a sterile seed starting mixture. Hang in there GWN.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books




camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14042
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  GWN on 2/4/2013, 2:24 pm

YEs good point...
I guess I have always used sterile seed starting mixes, but was hoping not to buy any more stuff this year, especially vermiculite since all my beds are made.
However I guess I CAN see vermiculite on a future shopping list ....

GWN

Posts : 2719
Join date : 2012-01-14
Age : 60
Location : british columbia zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  littlejo on 2/4/2013, 11:18 pm

GWN, sorry to hear of your many tomato plants. You can just use what you have to start seeds, but pop in the microwave for about 3 min to sterilize first. You could make up some filtered worm tea to give the plants a boost after they are up.

I made a mistake with my worms last summer. I was busy, and cut a musk melon, scooped out the seed mess, and just put straight into my worms. A couple days later, lifted the lid, and had about 300 melon plants growing in the dark. Of course it was too late in the year to put in the garden.
Jo

littlejo

Female Posts : 1531
Join date : 2011-05-04
Age : 63
Location : Cottageville SC 8b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  plantoid on 2/5/2013, 9:20 am

Gwn , perhaps pour a couple of kettles of boiling water into a half bucket of what you want to use for seed starting to sterilize and kill off any seeds in it . Let it cook &cool by itself ( don't add cold water ), drain off, spread it out and when it's dry enough to handle..
It will be free of any seeds that could germinate thus giving you a clear start . Useful bacteria & fungi out the air will regenerate of its own accord .

Perhaps keep the drained off brew as a liquid fertilizer .

plantoid

Male Posts : 3655
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  GWN on 2/5/2013, 9:48 am

thanks for all the suggestions and comments. This is only a very small part of my planting. The tomatoes are way to early anyways, I could just dump them out and start over.
The other plants are more important, they are the only seeds I have of a mystery plant I have kept going for years,.....however I will be able to recognize the seedlings of these ones because I have been transplanting them for about 15 years.
Plantoid the worm castings are not totally sterile of worms either, I guess I could not sterilize it for fear of killing worms. BB\'s happy face

GWN

Posts : 2719
Join date : 2012-01-14
Age : 60
Location : british columbia zone 5a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: growing with your worm castings

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:59 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum