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Stock Tank Worm Bed

8 Nov

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One of the ways I raise my worms is in 100 gallon stock tanks.  My preference is to start with cinder blocks and a pallet on top of that.   This elevates and makes for less bending over when feeding or harvesting.  The lid doesn’t have to be elaborate and can be a piece of plywood laid over the top of your bin.  For a lid like the one pictured, you will want to use the metal instead of the plastic version.  The reason- heat is trapped by the plastic  and raises the temps in the hotter months.  The metal does a far better job of reflecting the heat.  There are lots of ways to skin this cat and I encourage you to put you own spin on it.  Look for things you have access to already and use what you already have laying around.  You’ll be surprised what you can turn into a worm bed.imageStock Tank Worm Bed

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Beware of Worm farm scam sites

11 Sep

Several years ago I was hired by a DIY website out of Austin to film some “how to” worm composting videos. Years passed, and I had forgotten all about it.  Fast forward to yesterday,  I received an email from an unhappy customer that wanted a refund from a  (make money off of worms) website.  When I looked at the link I was shocked to see a video of me talking about worms.   I have no idea what this company is doing, promising, or selling.  The linked website and pictures below are NOT affiliated with me or TexasRedworms.com.

The story below using my picture is NOT about me, and I have no idea what they are trying to pull off.

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Scrolling to the bottom of the page you see this disclaimer.

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Worm Farming Heat Hacks

7 Jun

Summer arrived early this year and it’s August in June here in South Texas.   Help your worms beat the heat with a few tips.

  1. Ice bottles.  Partially fill plastic bottles w/ water and freeze.  Add frozen bottles to your worm bins in the morning.  Pick them up and re freeze overnight and repeat.
  2. Shade.  If moving your worm bins in doors is not an option add shade cloth or move to a shady area.  Especially from the afternoon sun.
  3. Keep moist- Add a drip line and/ or keep beds covered w/ mulch or old rug.  Covering will protect worms and help keep in moisture.
  4.  Add insulation –  add more bedding and in ground beds are a couple of ways to keep things from heating up and keep your worms happier in the heat.

These are a few tips to help get your worms through the summer.   Share any ideas or successful hacks you’ve come up with in your part of the world.

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2016 Spring Fever Festival

28 Mar

Join us Saturday, April 9th, at 10:30.  We’ll be at Herff Farm in Boerne, TX.

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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

Worm Castings

13 Jan

If you are in the Houston area and in need of worm castings.  Check out our friend Anson at solaris-ag.com

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Soil remediation with Earthworms

25 Jun

Groups collaborate in India to clean up toxic land with earthworms.

4 acres of contaminated soil in India where 300K earthworms were added.  After one year there was a 60% reduction in heavy metals.

 

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