May 16, 2018

Remember the lettuce seeds I tossed in a dirt pile late last Fall?  We have Lettuce, a few Lilies and lots of weeds!

Did yours survive, too?

March 22, 2018

In the 4 years I've had my worm farm, I've never had a pest problem until today when I discovered fungas gnats in my bin.   It's only in one of my four bins - the one that had way too much water in it a month or so ago.  Since I've never dealt with this before, I had to do a little research to figure out how to get rid of them.

What I decided to try was fly paper secured in a circle and placed on newspaper to catch them.  Believe it or not, I couldn't find fly paper so I had to improvise with spider glue traps.  

Fingers crossed this works!

February 24, 2018

Do you make your own moisturizers or are interested in trying it?  This week I will be sharing my coconut oil based facial moisturizer.  I've completely run out so it's time to whip up a new batch show you how simple it is.  The hardest part is....well, there isn't a hard part.  It's really that easy!  

Since I ran out two weeks ago, I've been using Argon Oil which is what I use to protect my hair from the blow dryer.  This stuff feels MARVELOUS!  I may be adding this to my recipe, too!

Stay tuned!

February 23, 2018

It's time to start thinking about the summer garden if you start your plants from seed. Broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant and lettuce are just some of the plants that can be started from seed right now.  

I just started dill, swiss chard and serrano peppers by placing the seeds on a wet paper towel, putting each in a zip lock bag, adding a little bit of water to ensure it stays moist and then placing on a plant warming pad.  

Once the plants start to grow, they will be transplanted into an egg crate with seed potting soil. 

When are you starting your garden and what are you planting?

February 21, 2018

Red Wigglers and European nightcrawlers light sensitivity make them an ideal in-home hobby.  When starting a bin, keeping a white light over the bin trains the worms to stay inside their home.  After two weeks, the light can be discontinued.

Could there still be worm escapes later?  Yes.  It’s important to monitor bin conditions regularly to ensure you have the most ideal living quarters so the worms don’t decide to look for better accommodations.  It’s a balancing act and what you want to look for are:  too acidic, too much food, wrong temperature, bad ph level, too much water….

Light sensitivity is a also big advantage when harvesting the vermicompost.  I take large handfuls of vermicompost and sit it under a light for a few minutes.  This gives the worms a chance to crawl to the bottom of the pile.  Then just continue taking more finishing vermicompost from the top of the pile and soon you the majority of the vermicompost will be removed and you’ll be left with a beautiful squirm of worms. 

One of the things I will be trying out with my bin soon will be putting a red light over the bin.  A study at www.RedLightMan.com showed that worms processed 55% worm castings under red light compared to no light at all.  Have you tried this?  If so, did you see a difference?

February 21, 2018

Our winter garden has been a challenge.  We upgraded to a very good light and it's been difficult figuring out how close the plants can be to the light.  The swiss chard and cactus don't seem to be happy anywhere in the garden.  The tomato plants have done fairly well.  If I had done a better job with more consistent watering, the results would have been better. 

That said, I am very pleased with the results.  Of the 8 tomato plant cuttings I began with, they've been narrowed down to 4 very good plants. One of the plants grow to over six feet tall and had to be cut back.  It is one of the plants with a baby tomato on the vine.

While I would love to have a huge harvest of tomatoes in the next few months, I really do hope I'll be able to get the plants transported into the backyard come May.  A lot of growth can happen in the next three months. 

I'll keep you posted!

February 1, 2018

One of the tomato plants is growing like a weed. It's over 4' tall! My project this weekend is to get them transplanted into their own containers.

January 31, 2018

Thought I would do a video update on my worm bin. Bear with me as I am rather new to video. As a person who is much more comfortable behind the camera, it was a little challenging.

January 17, 2018

Shredded cardboard bedding for your worm bin is easy if you have a home shredder that can shred at least 12 pages.

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