Using Worm Castings in the Garden

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Jul 24 2020 29 mins   4

If you’ve ever talked with a gardener who uses the excrement of worms around their plants, you may be familiar with their wide eyed look of rapture talking about all the benefits of using, to put it more politely and accurately, worm castings. Today, we will dig deep into the Farmer Fred audio archives to hear gardeners sing the praises of raising worms, and using their output, if you will, in the garden, a practice known as vermicomposting.
Members of the worm castings choir chime in with their high praise for the lowly worm: from 2004, best selling author Amy Stewart, author of the book, "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms"; from 2017, Sacramento County Master Gardener and vermicomposting specialist Susan Muckey discusses the worm bins at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center; and in a recent conversation, organic educator Giselle Schoniger, who works for a company, Kellogg Garden Products, that sells worm castings. Shall we go play with the worms? Let’s fill your worm bin. And, we’ll do it all in under 30 minutes. Let’s go.

More info about vermicomposting.
The book, "Worms Eat My Garbage", by Mary Applehof.
Ants in Your Worm Bin? A Solution.

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