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Earthworms Vermicompost: A Powerful Crop Nutrient

Post  has55 on 2/8/2016, 6:59 am

These are research reads, not for everyone, but good info.

Earthworms Vermicompost: A Powerful Crop Nutrient over the Conventional Compost & Protective Soil Conditioner against the Destructive Chemical Fertilizers for Food Safety and Security:

http://www.envirofert.co.nz/assets/international-papers/Earthworms%20Vermicompost%20-%20A%20Powerful%20Crop%20Nutrient%20Rajiv%20Sinha.pdf

Earthworms: The ‘Unheralded Soldiers of Mankind’ and ‘Farmer’s Friend’ Working Day and Night Under the Soil: Reviving the Dreams of Sir Charles Darwin for Promoting Sustainable Agriculture:

http://www.envirofert.co.nz/assets/international-papers/Earthworms%20-%20The%20Unheralded%20Soldiers%20of%20Mankind%20and%20%20Farmers%20Friend%20Dr%20Rajiv%20Sindha.pdf

Vermiculture Can Promote Sustainable Agriculture and Completely Replace Chemical Agriculture: Some Experimental Evidences by Studies on Potted and Farmed Cereal and Vegetable Crops:

http://www.envirofert.co.nz/assets/international-papers/Rajiv_Sinha_Vermiculture_Can_Promote_Sustainable_Agriculture_and_Completely_Replace.pdf


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Post  has55 on 2/8/2016, 7:10 am

composting with worms in 22 days-hmm interesting

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Post  has55 on 2/8/2016, 7:18 am

Chemical nutrient analysis of different composts

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Post  has55 on 2/8/2016, 7:21 am

The Benefits of Vermicompost

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Post  has55 on 2/9/2016, 11:51 am

Apparently, the 1st link posting did not come out right. I was on break at work when I put this link up. Sanderson,thank you for correcting it. Your help is invaluable.  Subject: Cutting a new pathway in my Square Foot Garden Journey.

I been struggling with adding a compost pile to the garden, but couldn't settled on a method, tumbler versus pile. I finally made a decision on pile, despite having to turned the pile (work, just telling the truth) to get it to convert into rich composted material.  Then my choices for containment were between choosing straw bale wall, pallet walls or perforated plastic like the one use on "one yard revolution" youtube channel. Open pile was out, since I have to fight nutgrass.  Dreaded enemy in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Then I came across the articles in the first post on vermicomposting versus conventional garden composting and chemical fertilizer nutrient outcome/results. Was very impressed. I found several articles on line,but did not want to overwhelmed everyone.  As you know, for those that been around, I am a lazy gardener and will do about anything to shorten my time working in the garden, so I can enjoy the beauty of the plants with my eyes, feel with my hands during down time or with my mouth at meal time, plus go do something else in my life.  I'm still working for a living.  The in-bed garden worm buckets have produced impressive results with the plants and I basically only have to open the lid, put the food waste in and allow the worms to do the rest. When full and everything is converted into vermicompost, I just pull the bucket out by the handle and dump into a 55 gallon garbage can to use later for fertilizing and making worm tea. I realized I can't do that practice anymore, because I was destroying worms and their cocoons, plus the microbial life  when I put them in the garbage can can for storage.

The articles above opened my eyes to this fact, plus the videos I posted from the Philippines. I will need to use a screen to sort the worm and cocoons out or put them directly into the garden beds.  The latter will most likely be the choice,keeping the cycle ongoing.

So for the next  years, I'm going to move into using straight vermicompost, using garden, kitchen and coffee, leaves, horse or cow dung,etc... In this area we basically can grow all year, if you use some techniques like cold frames, frost blankets or greenhouses in the winter and shade cloth in the summer.

The article surprised me on the the effects that cow dung had on the nutrient enrichment process. It's impressive, when compared to using straight garden compost material for worm feed. This will allow me to simply add material. then shovel it out (ouch, don't say it,"work"). The conversion is fast, as explained in the article and as I witnessed in my garden worm buckets. I having some difficulty keeping up the food supply since I have 20 buckets and will be adding 5 more. It's a learning curve.

So I will need to select a spot for a 2-4ft wide x's 8ft long x's 16" high worm bed. This will allow me to make bulk vermicompost. If successful, I will probably do away with the in-garden worm bucket. I'll probably make the walls out of cement bricks/cinder bricks or use old wood that I have laying around for the project. Then surround it with mulch.

I want to thank everyone on the forum who shared pictures of how they use mulch for their walkways. This has been extremely successful for me. the first year, saw about 30 small nut grass and Bermuda come up on the surface. I assumed they where transported in when the tree company dump their load on my property. Have not seen any more for several months. it freed up so much of my time and looks great. when it rains, it never floods or make puddles like it did in the pass. I put down 8 inches in height. Well worth it.

There is a church here that grow food on several acres for the hungry. I visited them in the past and noticed they have a small outdoor worm factory going. Will visit them for more advice.

Any suggestion or ideas is welcome. haven't come up with a name for this project yet. any ideas?Very Happy

I will keep the forum updated on my journey.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/9/2016, 7:17 pm

Please do keep us posted, has! And I am glad you have gone to a worm-sparing method! They are hard workers, and very underrated! tongue

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/10/2016, 11:49 am

I'm lazier than you are, neener neener neener!  I bought 1 lb of red wigglers 3 years ago or so and I have just spread them into all of my sfg beds.  I still have my worm tubes but found that because I mulch heavily for water conservation, they just eat the mulch and distribute their goodness into the soil for me.  

I have grabbed handfuls of worms from the tubes and each time I work a new in-ground garden bed toss in a handful of them there and then lay down heavy mulch and away they go.  

I look forward to reading your articles as soon as I have some time.  My main garden improvement ingredient is the fresh cow manure I am able to gather on our property.  The worms LOVE it and quickly break it down.  I usually pile a 12 inch layer mixed with the hay straw the cows didn't eat over a garden I'm resting and let it break down on the garden bed.  

I read an organic flower farm's blog last week and they've been no till now for 3 years.  One of the things they discovered worked the best was using black plastic over the weeds for 4 weeks.  The weeds were the cover crop (some times they plant cover crops).  The heat kills any seeds, the worms break down the material that dies and at the end of the 4 weeks they're ready to plant.  I'm going to give that a try on one of our hillside areas that's a real pain to weed whack and see how it works before trying on any actual garden area.

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Post  sanderson on 2/11/2016, 3:18 am

I love my little worms and am amazed how they further break down the compost and veggie/fruit scraps into fine, rich castings. The 3" worm tubes are a great way to grow them right in the beds. I have started moving the tubes around within the boxes every year to get the castings spread throughout the boxes. I also bury kitchen scraps here and there in boxes without the tubes. And, they love the horse manure in the compost. I top dress with compost in the fall, and in the spring I can just move the compost aside and there are worms everywhere!

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http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/huen/archana_paper.pdf

Post  has55 on 2/21/2016, 4:47 am

getting deeper, where the worm go

http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/huen/archana_paper.pdf

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Vermicompost Research Update 2009

Post  has55 on 2/21/2016, 4:51 am

look at the plant picture at the bottom of the page


Vermicompost Research Update 2009

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Post  camprn on 2/21/2016, 9:22 am

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Post  has55 on 4/28/2016, 11:56 am

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:I'm lazier than you are, neener neener neener! 



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and the fight is on. Twisted Evil Very Happy everyone's a winner if it save time, money and allow us to enjoy the results from our work.

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Post  has55 on 4/28/2016, 12:00 pm

ADVICE FOR VERMICOMPOSTING

also another site for compost tea material

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Post  Ginger Blue on 7/14/2016, 12:01 pm

This thread, along with several others on vermicompost, have convinced me to create a worm bin - just a little one to start, small enough to keep in my utility room downstairs.

It will give me something positive to do during the winter.  Frigid temperatures here make it impossible (for me) to work an open compost pile or outdoor bin during the cold months. While a small bin will only generate a few cupfuls of castings, I think keeping one indoors will help ease my winter blues and be of benefit to my seedlings in the spring.

Plus it feels kind of "sciency" and interesting. Another grand-but-small-scale experiment to conduct in the downstairs lab, along with overwintering a dozen tomato bushes, and starting summer seeds under grow lights. Guess I'm kind of nerdy about this stuff.  geek

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Post  Kelejan on 7/14/2016, 2:17 pm

I have lots of reading to catch up on.  I am happy about you not killing the worms, hass55.

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