Using Worm Castings in Your Garden - What, Why, How
CaliKim and Mindy talk about earthworm castings: what they are, why they’re great for your garden, and show you hands on how to apply this soil amendment.
Using Worm Tea in Your Garden - What, Why, How
CaliKim and Mindy talk about VermisTerra earthworm tea: what it is, why it’s powerful for your garden, and how to feed it to your plants.
How I'm Automatically Fertilizing My Garden with Drip Irrigation
CaliKim shows us the automatic drip irrigation system she set up to water and feed VermisTerra organic fertilizer to her garden.
Intro to VermisTerra HydroSpiral Tube - Deep Root Irrigation
VermisTerra’s HydroSpiral tube is a deep root irrigation system that allows water, air and nutrients to directly reach the root zone. Less water wasted, less weeding, and stronger healthier roots. Learn more about HydroSpiral’s design, benefits, and how to install in your orchard. When combined with VermisTerra earthworm tea, the HydroSpiral tubes allow ample water and oxygen to roots and microbes living in the soil.
Phil's Citrus and Phytophthora Story
Phil shares how phytophthora disease devastated his grapefruit crop. After using VermisTerra organic earthworm castings and tea, his trees recovered. He takes us on a tour of the organic lemon and mango farms that are also using VermisTerra tea.
Bob's Blueberry Canker
Bob used Vermisterra Earthworm Casting Tea on his sick blueberry orchard in Michigan. He saw shinier leaves and the plants recovered from a fusicoccum canker infestation.
Tomato Comparison: Chemical VS VermisTerra
Gary from the Rusted Garden compares two like variety tomatoes and you can actually see the benefits of VermisTerra earthworm casting and tea on the tomato plant compared to a tomato that received chemical fertilizers. A very significant difference.
Intro to VermisTerra at an Expo
Uptown Grow Lab’s video introducing Vermisterra organic earthworm castings and nutrient tea. Filmed at the Cannagrow Expo, San Diego May 2016. Created by Jay at UptownGrowLab, Inc.
Benefits of Worm Castings
Why Do Pests Eat The Sick Plants In Your Garden?
Phil aka The Smiling Gardener talks about plant sickness and specifically discusses French agronomist Francis Chaboussou’s book called Healthy Crops. Insects are drawn to metabolically imbalanced plants, and those lacking nutrients and micronutrients. This book powerfully asserts the idea that rather than using pesticides, the key to helping crops resist attacks from pests is to improve their strength through natural processes.
Experiment: Best Media to Use with Worm Castings
Al from AlboPepper runs an experiment using worm casting nutrients with different grow media: pure worm castings or with bean pod husks, pine needles, shredded wood, bark and leaves. In each instance he discovered a reduction in plant growth caused by the inclusion of these components. He believes that the biggest factor was “nitrogen draft”. The various plant materials had a high carbon to nitrogen ratio. They were fresh and had not been composted yet. As a result, they began to break down and tied up the nutrients.
Worm Castings, Compost vs Seed Starting Mix
Al from AlboPepper runs an experiment comparing seed starting mix and worm castings with compost. He says “The compost and vermi-compost were by no means weak. They contained enough nutrients and fertility to carry my lettuce well beyond the seedling stage. The nicely matured plants showed no signs of deficiency at harvest time. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of my retail Starting Mix. It showed promise for the 1st two weeks, but then the plant soon halted and eventually declined.”
Learn About Living Soil
How the Soil Food Web Works in the Organic Garden
How do beneficial microbes work with plants? Why is organic more nutritious?Lynn Gillespie of the High Performance Gardening system explains what organisms live in healthy soil, how the food soil web works, how this system effects nutrition in food and recommends VermisTerra earthworm castings and nutrient tea. Lynn runs the Living Farm in Colorado.
Put Carbon Where it Belongs
Soil scientists, Dr. Christine Jones and Elaine Ingham share farming and land management methods that will return carbon to the soil – and keep it there – for healthier crops, more resilient farms, and less extreme weather.
Fossil fuels, deforestation and industrial agriculture have released dangerous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. We can store and stabilize large amounts of carbon where it belongs – in the soil.
Phosphorus & Nitrogen Cycles
Hank describes the desperate need many organisms have for nutrients (specifically nitrogen and phosphorus), which are found in the atmosphere and rocks. They must be converted and made available to plants by bacteria via the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles. Finally he discusses how synthetic fertilizers bombard ecosystems around the world.
Maintaining Soil Quality
Dr. David Montgomery is author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. Talks about microbes working in your soil, global soil erosion, making top soil, restoring farm land.
SOIL not DIRT
Dr. Elaine Ingham talks about soil fertility and the role of soil microbial life. Ingham explains the difference between dirt (no microbial life), while soil is sand, silt, clay and full of microorganisms. She goes into what happens to soil when we are addicted to chemical fertilizers and discusses keeping your compost pile aerobic.
Intro to the Nitrogen Cycle by Khan Academy
Khan Academy explains how prokaryotes (bacteria) are capable of taking nitrogen from the atmosphere, and making ammonia which is available to plants.
Building Soil Health For Healthy Plants
Historically, soil science ignored or dismissed soil life as important. With the advent of microscope methods and genetic assessment of soil life, we are beginning to unravel the mysteries of the soil. Dr. Elaine Ingham gives a framework to help growers easily understand the differing specific sets of beneficial organisms required for healthy growth of different types of plants.
7 Wonders of Microbe World - Nitrogen Fixation
How do organic plants get enough Nitrogen compared to chemical fertilizers? This examines just how critical microbes are to life on Earth with their role in nitrogen fixation — providing the essential elements that we need to survive.