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Texas Red Worms will be at Rainbow Gardens Saturday April 29th

28 Feb

Join us at either Rainbow Gardens locations in San Antonio on April 29th

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New raised beds

7 Mar

Here is a look at my latest raised beds.  I wanted something that I could raise worms and vegetables out of.  Once the compost breaks down, I’ll add some plants and some Texas Jumpers.20160304_09021520160303_115518

Earthworm information from NC State

2 May

Some quality material from the NC State extension service.

For teachers

For some great worm composting information

TexasRedWorms at Rainbow Gardens

2 Feb

Composting with worms Thousand Oaks

If you will be in the San Antonio area May 2nd make plans to come join us.

Coons in my worm bed

19 Dec

For a several days I had noticed my rugs pulled back and could tell some critter was rooting around in my worm beds.  To figure out just what we were dealing with, my daughter and I set up our game cam to catch the rascal in the act.WGI_0061 WGI_0062

It was not a huge surprise after checking the camera, that the culprit was a masked bandit.  Coon proofing can be challenging, and my attempts have failed to keep them out.  Putting some heavier objects over the carpet seemed to work in a few places, but they seem to find a weak spot.

Coon proofing recommendations:

Cover your outdoor beds with plywood or hardware cloth should work.

Keep your dogs out at night.  (Our dogs are sissies and sleep inside.)

We ended up catching the rascal the other night, and for now we are critter free.

Garden Fest this weekend in Boerne, TX

15 Sep

Join TexasRedWorms.com at 10:30am in Boerne, TX to learn more about worms.

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How do I get rid of ants?

5 May

A frequently asked question I get from worm farmers and gardeners is, “How do I get rid of ants”?  Ants can be attracted to the food waste in your compost pile or worm bed.  The good news is that a healthy compost pile or worm bed is going to have a lot of beneficial bacteria and microbial activity that the ants won’t like.  So in most cases they are there for the food scraps, and will move along shortly.  If they don’t move along and decide to set up shop, or you just want them gone, I recommend diatomaceous earth.  Food grade Diatomaceous Earth or (DE)  are  finely ground remains of tiny ocean critters called diatoms.  DE can be sprinkled around any area where you want to get rid of insects or other segmented bodied critters.  The tiny powder kept dry will stick to the ants or other bugs and make tiny cuts that will dry them out and kill them.  Wet DE won’t stick, so keep your powder dry.  Also, be sure to get food grade and not pool grade DE.  Pool grade is super fine and can be dangerous when breathed in.

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DE is natural and won’t harm your worms or you.  Other ant killers that contain chemicals might be harmful to your worms.

 

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