Posts by Stephen Churchill:
So, you’ve been using your WormCycle castings all summer and now the harvest is coming in. Tomatoes, red and meaty, Zucchini’s as long as your arm, and Zinnias up to your knees. Well, now what. The season is rapidly closing and you have some worm castings left over. What should you do with them? Well, there is one planting period left. As the cooler weather looms, consider some late season vegetables, and Mums. Now is the time for decorating your house with the colors of fall. If you live on the western side of Detroit, Willow Greenhouse is a great place to start. They’ve been very kind to WormCycle and have been selling A LOT of castings. For those of you who are interested, we will be setting up an end of season sale of our worm castings. When it’s time to clean our your beds, that is an ideal time to add WormCycle to your soils in preparation for next springs plantings. So, stay tuned. I’ll be back here in a few days with sale information and some ideas on how to prep your soils for the winter.
So, by now we all know that getting microbes into our soil is what we’re after. These critters are essential to the growth and well being of plants, and by extension, us. There are many ways to do this. We happen to use worms. Here is an article that gives a nice overview of the cast of characters we have come to know and love.
We’ve been busy over the last couple of months and haven’t spent nearly enough time with all of you. Our new Composter is up to speed and producing more VC than ever. 60 thousand worms will do that. They’re eating almost faster than I can feed them! We’ve had a lot of new visitors to our site, and I can’t thank you enough for helping spread the word about WormCycle. Remember, subscribe here and we’ll discount your next purchase. For those of you who enjoy short videos, here’s a cool one that nicely sums up the complex interplay between plant roots and the microscopic life that is so important to healthy soil. Thanks and enjoy. And give these guys a look.
I come across all sorts a material these days about how fixing our soils will solve a whole host of problems. The issue for me is how to distill this stuff down into something that is easy to understand and doesn’t take 4 hours to read or watch. For me personally I’m finding the Micro vs Macro view point fascinating. We look through microscopes to solve global issues. Here’s a guy who puts it all together rather nicely. While he is talking about a scale that most of us will never see, the principle applies to us all. We can do this in our back gardens, our raised vegetable beds, and our front lawns. Enjoy the cycle.
Hi again everyone. Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. As they say, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” The picture to the
right gives a fairly good representation about all the goings on in the soil and how the food soil web interacts. While the mechanics of the Carbon and Nitrogen cycles are pretty well understood these days, we’ve mostly been focused on the N cycle since that’s where we worm farmers have our most immediate impact on our soils. This happens at the “micro” level. Interestingly, at the “macro” level what is now coming to the fore is the impact the C cycle has on our global environment. Soil is the single biggest bank of Carbon on the planet and it is our agricultural practices that have the greatest impact on that cycle.
Hello again everyone. I’m back with something a little different this time. A little background first. The world of worms seems to be constantly evolving, both in scope and sophistication. What often starts out as an interesting hobby has changed into small businesses for quite a number of people. Also, as people get more efficient at producing their worm castings, they are able to raise their standards of production and their quality control. Further, while they do this their understanding of the composting universe gets deeper and deeper. They come to know that they’re not simply raising worms for their castings, but more importantly they come to view themselves as stewards of microbes. Fostering microbial life is what they’re after as they are the true managers of the health of soil. So, recycle waste, feed to the worms, multiply microbes and fungi, insert into soil, make healthier soil, grow better and more nutritious plants.
Along the way of our growing understanding of soil health we tend to find ourselves expanding our knowledge about how to do that. Suddenly you might find yourself getting into making Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT), or like my friend Steve Churchill, you suddenly become fascinated by the use of Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSLF). It turns out that these critters are waaayy more efficient at the recycling process than worms are.
Since one of the driving motivations at WormCycle is to foster a broader understanding of soil health and how we can to our small part, I thought you might enjoy what Steve has put together here. Fellow worm heads Larry Shier and Quoc-Huy Nguyen Dinh have done some pretty cool work and study on these critters. Steve puts it all together in one of his many articles about worm farming and composting in general. The link is below. Enjoy.
Link to Black Soldier Fly.
Hi again everyone. Since I got such a big response from this little article from NPR some time ago on my Facebook page, I thought I’d try it again on my blog for those of you who might be new to WormCycle. For someone trying out the world of worms for the first time it lays out the basic information pretty well.
Click here for the article.