WormCycle is ready for your Spring Garden!

A Quiet Time

WormCycle is working overtime to get you ready for your Spring garden plantings. Our shut down this winter allowed us to reconfigure and expand our operation, and now our new equipment is letting us produce and process way faster. We are planning on a production rate of 4 to 5 cubic yards of worm castings per month. That’s quadruple what we were able to do last year.  While our new CFT from Michigan Soil Works is full and producing masses of vermicompost, our favorite new toy is the conveyor. We are able to feed the trommel in minutes what used to take us nearly 1/2 and hour. For once I don’t anticipate continuous visits to the chiropractor to keep my back in shape. Last year was rough. This stuff is heavy folks! 

Spring is here?

March 21st was the beginning of spring, right? Coulda fooled me. It was snowing sideways yesterday in Detroit. Ugh. No matter. As they say around these parts, wait ’til after Mother’s Day before you put anything in the ground. Given tomorrow’s forecast of 1-2 inches of snow I’d say that’s wise. Fortunately, our production is indoors. We insulated the place so we could process all year long, and we’re making our castings as fast as we can. After a long winter, and after the Governor opens Michigan back up, WormCycle is ready for your spring garden. So, now is the time to get your worm castings. It goes fast so if you need a bulk (a cubic yard or more) quantity let me know so we can do a little planning. And remember, you can’t use too much, but a little goes a long way.

Stay healthy, and order your WormCycle castings now.



Here’s to the Little Guy.

As WormCycle evolves to larger things, we want all you loyal subscribers and customers to know that we’re still here for you. We haven’t forgotten that you are the ones who helped WormCycle get off the ground. Whether you just want to keep your garden looking its best, or you’re trying to do your part to keep kitchen scraps out of the landfills, you’re not too small for us. We’re still a resource for any issues or questions you may have.

It just so happens that our good friend Steve Churchill over at Urban Worm Company put out a really good blog and video. He gets into some of the common problems and frustrations that newcomers to the world of worms sometimes face. He also finds at way to talk about soups, salads, anchovies and cats. Personally I think the guy’s a genius, but that may say more about me that him. Anyway….head on over to his site and see for yourself.


New Things at WormCycle

New Things at WormCycle

Hi Everyone. I’d like to thank all of you who have been so patient with my lack of new blog posts. I confess that tending to the tech side of this business is not my strongest attribute. That said, there have been things going on in the background here at WormCycle. To put it bluntly, I’ve been struggling with economic viability of trying to make a business out of selling worm castings. While it works really well at the “hobby” level, getting people to buy VC at a price point that makes economic sense is a completely different story. In short, it’s difficult. I was on the verge of calling it a day and scaling back to a point I would produce just enough for myself and a few loyal customers.

Yay Michigan!

As I was coming to grips with this, something remarkable happened. Michigan finally got its Marijuana licensing act together. Seemingly overnight I started getting calls from licensed growers wanting 50 – 100 yards at a time! Now I have the exact opposite problem. How do I supply this massive jump in demand? Well, that decision isn’t easy either.

The Problem

I am faced with the classic entrepreneurial quandry. How do I satisfy exploding demand if I don’t have the capacity, but how do I add capacity if I can’t service more customers? I know I have a superior product. (I have the lab testing results to prove it – call me and I’ll send them to you) Im not new to this, and I know what I’m doing. I know how to make a consistent, high quality soil amendment, and my current customers know this. The issue for me is risk tolerance. This isn’t a “Field of Dreams” proposition for me. (here’s a link for you young ‘uns) I can’t just spend gobs of money, build new capacity and they will come. I needed help.


Well that help came in the form of one Dan Lonowski of Michigan Soil Works. He’s the guy who makes my CFTs. I’m delighted to say that in partnership we are expanding the business. New things are coming to WormCycle. Starting with a new CFT, a 40′ line is ordered and will be installed mid June. A second 40′ line will be added late in the year. To accommodate all this, a facility build out is already started to include new electrical lines, insulation, machinery etc. Automation will be the key. This stuff is heavy. My back can’t take it anymore.


This build out will take time. Getting a worm bin ready to produce is at least a 6 month process. When it’s ready, however, I’ll no longer have to say “I can’t help you” to all the people who are calling me. I’ll be able to produce all year long, and the Class C license holders will have steady access to a superior ingredient for their water only soil mixes.

So, thanks again to all of you for your patience. Without my growing customer base, none of this would be possible. The demand for WormCycle is big and getting bigger. We look forward to hearing from you. Call us at (877) 734-4879. We will work with you to figure out your exact worm casting needs. Remember, our castings are made to order and always fresh.

Time to Juice Your Roots

Hi everyone, I’d like to say that Spring is finally here, but I’d be lying to you. It has snowed on an off for the last three days! Uhggg! Anyway, I’ve been bunkered down for the cold weather these last few months getting ready for the spring growing season. Sooooo… is the time for all you Northerners to get your soils ready for action. If you’ve been working on your own Vermicompost start harvesting it. As soon as the last frost is done start working it in to your beds. Just make sure to cover it up again with a good mulch or wood chips. When Mother’s Day rolls around you should have a really good biological ecosystem ready to go for your first planting. If you are in need of larger quantities, I’ve spent the winter getting ready for you. Give us a call or find us online and get your order in now. It’s gonna go fast. Also, the first one of you to correctly identify the kind of plant in the picture above gets a 20% off coupon. Contact us here.


For those of you who are starting to dabble in the world of worms, welcome to the game. You probably have an inkling of an idea that there is actually something to this worm stuff, so this article should help with that gut feeling that you have.

There is a paradigm shift happening in the world of agriculture. What the ancients knew instinctively is now coming full circle and being validated by modern science. It’s a slow painful slog at times, but it is happening. We “moderns” created this mess, and it’s going to take some time to fix it. Modern farming techniques solved a lot of problems 50-60 years ago, but now the unintended consequences of those solutions have come home to roost, and a fresh look at what we’re doing is required. For a long time the vermiculturists have been preaching to the choir, but when you find an article like this in an essentially political publication you know that an awakening is occuring. Our thanks to our friend Heather Rinaldi at Texas Worm Ranch for posting this. It’s a great article and a harbinger of what is coming.

Read here.


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Time to “Chop and Drop!”

Alright all you Michiganderanians. Because we’ve had such beautiful weather this late into October, I just know that you’ve delayed cleaning out your vegetable and flower beds. Well, it’s going to be in the 70s with unlimited sunshine again this week, so you have no more excuses for not getting this done. You know you’re going to pay the price if you delay any longer. 70 and sunny, or 48 in the rain. Your choice, but either way the “chop and drop” has to be done.  “How do you do it,” the guy in the back row from Westland asks. Simple. It goes like this:

  1. DO NOT rake your soil clean.
  2. Chop down your old plants and drop them there. Don’t pull them out by the roots.
  3. Put down a thin layer of WormCycle worm castings.
  4. Add a layer of good organic mulch. This is a perfect way to dispose of fallen leaves. Chop them up with a mower first though.
  5. Now put down a 2 inch layer of wood chips.

“What’s the reason for doing this?” Good question, lady from West Bloomfield. Everything we do is for the benefit of the microbes that we have carefully cultivated all summer long. Just because we’re done growing doesn’t mean that the critters are done living. What we’re doing here is setting ourselves up for success come the Spring. By doing this we can continue to stay away from all the chemical fertilizers we thought we needed. Always keep your soil covered. This protects all the bacteria and fungi from the Sun’s UV rays. By dropping your old plants onto the ground you’ve now provided an over winter food source for the microbes. As it composts in place, the soil fool web can sustain itself. If your soil needs a microbial boost, add the worm castings. Add more food in the form of mulched leaves. Finally, armor up. The wood chips provide cover for the complex eco-system that you just put in place. Without it the harsh winter elements will destroy what you just created. Further as the wood chips decay they will enhance fungal growth and make for a more balance environment.

“That’s a lot of stuff to dig up in the Spring.” Well, my friend from Downriver, I’m glad you said that. You don’t have to do any digging at all in the Spring. Never, ever, ever use that roto-tiller again! By doing so, you’ll destroy your new carefully balanced microbial system. When you plant, simply use a hand spade and disturb the soil a little as possible.

The point of all this is to understand that biology begets the chemistry. All our gardening lives we thought it was all about the N-P-K. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we get the biology right, the soils will come into chemical harmony without us lifting a finger.

That’s all for now. Please give me your feed back here.

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