2015 was a very successful year for Ozark Vermiculture. Dedication in producing quality products and being proactive in customer relations is giving us a reputation of excellence second to none.
The local business in fishing worms exceeded my expectation. I have doubled production for 2016.
I have also doubled production of our 99% pure worm castings, and production should be doubled again by years end. I will have none available for new customers, probably until 2017.
The retail mail order business for Redworms and European Nitecrawlers is going in a new direction. Late in 2015, I was contacted by a large mail order vendor for composting worms, about drop shipping my worms for him. I have agreed to sell the entire 2016 production to this vendor. For this reason I will have no worms for local or mail order retail sales for the entire year. They are also interested in buying my African Nitecrawlers in the future when production has been increased.
I hope to resume local retail and mail order sales of both worms and castings in early 2017.
I am looking into the sale of worm cocoons for all three types of worms I grow. I have been testing a innovative way of producing them and am trying a number of methods of hatching them so the customer will have a high success rate. I think this may be a far better deal for the customer, particularly those interested in starting with a large population of composting worms, than the sale and shipping of live worms that is today's standard.
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Use earthworm castings for blending into germinating mix, seed starting mix, potting mix, house plants, gardens, raised beds, or to feed trees, shrubs, flowers, and landscaping.
Earthworm castings provide important nutrients and beneficial microbes increasing the availability of ambient nutrients in the native soil. Apply at the start of the growing season when tilling, creating plant holes, and as a top dressing during the course of the growing season.
This is a good all purpose grow soil recipe for your MMJ, garden and lawn.
100 Lbs. high quality organic compost
25 - 50 lbs. worm castings
5 lbs. blood meal
5 lbs. bat guano
5 lbs. fish meal
3/4 cup epsom salts
1 cup dolomite lime
1/2 cup azomite
2 tablespoons dry humic acid
Mix well, wet, and let sit for 2 weeks.
Fill 5 gallon bucket about 3/4 full of water and let sit for 24 hours.
Put worm castings and 1" air stones into bag, tie open end and hang bag from handle with hook.
Put molasses, fish hydrolysate and kelp meal into water.
Brew for 8 hours.
Remove bag and remove tube From Tee Connector that is attached to 1" stones and attach to one of the 5 " stones in bottom of bucket.
Brew for an additional 16 hours.
Use tea immediately after pump is shut off. Dilute 1 gallon of tea with 4 gallons of water and spray on lawn or garden. One 5 gallon bucket of diluted tea will cover as much as one acre. Continue to spray until all tea is gone. You cannot use to much worm tea.
Clean all parts and bucket. Hydrogen peroxide works well.
This is a good worm tea recipe for your MMJ, lawn and garden.
2 cups worm castings, about 1 pound
5 tablespoons molasses
2 1/2 teaspoons fish hydrolysate
2 tablespoons kelp meal
This is a low cost worm casting tea brewer and is very easy to build, for tools only a pair of scissors is needed, and it will perform as well as any tea brewer. I have seen similar ones for sale that cost as much as $150.00. The parts for this brewer will cost less than $30.00.
Following the directions for building this tea brewer, and brewing the tea with a good recipe, will make great worm tea for your MMj, garden, house plants and lawns for pennies per gallon.
The parts can be bought at a pet supply or large department store.
Cut 2 pieces of tubing 12" long and attach to each 1" bubble stone and the other end to a T connector valve.
Cut 2 pieces of tubing 6" long and connect to each 5" bubble stone and the other end to a T connector valve.
Cut 1 piece of tubing 30" long and connect to T connector valve and the other end to pump.
Cut 1 piece of tubing 30" long and connect to other T connector valve and the other end to other side of pump.
Cut tubing 8" from pump and install check valves with arrows pointing away from pump.
When ready to brew, place the 2, 1" bubble stones with worm castings in the paint strainer bag, tie the top of the bag to the T connector valve with twine, and insert hook under twine and onto the handle on bucket.
That's all there is to building this brewer. For recipes and brewing instructions you will find follow up instruction in this Blog.
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When feeding worms there is one rule you need to know. Worms will eat anything that has lived and died.
Most home worm composters use their kitchen scraps, vegetable peelings, vegetable leftovers, fruit peelings, apple cores, coffee grinds, tea bags, crushed egg shells, cardboard boxes, paper roll inserts, and egg cartons, to name a few.
You should try for about one half green waste, old veggies and peels etc. and about one half brown waste, newspaper, cardboard etc. Greens are a organic nitrogen source and browns are a organic carbon source.
Worms eat their food when it is in a state of decay. You can get it to decay faster if you cut it up in small pieces. A better way is to freeze their food and once a week, thaw and feed, or even better run thru a blender to mash the food into a slurry.
Either way the food should be put into a corner and covered with bedding. and when this food is almost gone, put their next feeding into a different corner and so on. Keeping track of how much food there is left in the worm bin before the next feeding, and keeping the food covered, eliminates problems with pests, such as fruit flies.
Although worms will eat anything that is decaying, some food waste that should be fed in moderation are onions, garlic, foods that are acidic such as citrus fruits and some waste that should never be fed include all dairy products, leftover foods with oil or salt on them and meats.
Many home worm composters have more food waste than their systems can handle, this is especially true when the system is first started. Remember the worms are eating not only food waste, but the bedding too. Worms are most efficient at composting when the temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees. Temperatures lower than 60 degrees causes the worms to slow down on the amount they eat and should be considered when feeding.
Some problems that can come up from over feeding is the food can become moldy. Mold is caused because the bedding is too acidic and is usually caused by too much citrus. You should remove this moldy food because the worms will not eat it and the system can become vulnerable to infestations from other organisms, such as mites, that can be harmful to the system and worms. Uneaten food can also become anaerobic and become smelly. This is usually caused by a worm bin with high moisture, and that is usually caused by a bin with little fresh air. You should mix up the bedding, add some dry newspaper to sop up excess moisture and stop feeding for at least a week.
Over feeding causes many annoyance and high maintenance worm bin problems, such as flies, maggots and the like. Many home worm composters get discouraged and give up.
A properly managed system can continue to compost for years and can give you a 100% organic soil amendment that is second to none for your home garden, house plants, lawn, trees and shrubs, while doing your part to keep some waste out of the landfill.
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Many times these two terms are used interchangeably when they are, in fact, two different things. This confuses many buyers and many may not even be aware there is a difference.
Vermicompost consists of decomposed material that is partially eaten by the worms. The percentage of decomposed material and worm castings can vary greatly between vendors, as can the percent of moisture.
Worm Castings consists of 100 percent worm castings.
Our worm castings are produced with a quality control process using organic materials for bedding and food for the worms. They are harvested on a regular schedule, screened thru a 1/8" mesh, giving the same consistency every time. The same method and materials are consistently used so you will be sure to get the same results on your plantings every time.
Worm castings are great to use in your garden, in potted plants, and around shrubs and trees. They can also be used as a tea using one pound of vermicast to five gallons of water. This is a neat 5 gallon tea brewer that you can build at home.
Our worm castings are available in 5, 10, and 20 pound bags for mail order and in 1, 5, 10, and 30 pound bags for local sales, and is available locally in one yard totes.
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