It’s no secret to those who know me, I do not have a green thumb–I’m sooooo much better with critters–but I try really hard, and eventually I’ll figure it out lol. In the meantime, I keep reading, researching, and testing different things. Which has lead me to this post. I decided I needed some worms (by the way, hubby doesn’t know yet lol). After reading all the testimonials, watching crazy amounts of youtube videos, and debating the pros and cons of having thousands of worms living in my house, I decided I could do this! So here is my worm bin project. Fingers crossed it works….update you in a few weeks :)I picked up 2 file boxes at the local discount store. About $9 each. Took the hinged top off one and saved it. That will give me some place to sit the top one when I drain the liquid out of the base.Next, drilled some holes. 1/4 drill bit and gentle pressure or it will split the plastic. Take the bin with the lid still on and drill holes in 1) top, 2) bottom, and 3) along the top edges
I have a guilty pleasure. AhhhhI’m not sure it would rank anywhere in humanity’s top 1 million. But it’s in my top 10.
This isn’t for public consumption, so please don’t repeat.
Sometimes I go into my grow room, close the curtain, lift the lid of a five gallon bucket, and run my hands through my little stockpile of finished worm castings.
I said it. I’m not ashamed, much. I wish I could convey what they feel like in the dead of winter, or anytime for that matter. I wish I could capture how light and fluffy they are with an image. Screened through 1/4″ hardware cloth, aired out on a board till they contain perfect moisture, lighter than soil, meatier than seed-starting mix…man.
Yeah, a little perverted. But they’re so perfect.
Read full paper at:http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=53820#.VNR6ICzQrzE
This study attempted to compare the effect of cow manure vermicompost and inorganic fertilizers on the vegetative growth and fruits of tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum L.). An air dried sandy loam soil was mixed with five rates of vermicompost equivalent to 0 (control), 5, 10, 15 and 20 t ha-1 and three rates of NPK fertilizer equivalent to 50% (N-P-K = 69-16-35 kg ha-1), 100% (N-P-K = 137-32-70 kg ha-1) and 200% (N-P-K = 274-64-140 kg ha-1). The treatments were replicated three times. The data revealed that shoot length, number of leaves, dry matter weight of shoots and roots, fruit number and fruit weight were influenced significantly (P < 0.05) by the application of vermicompost and NPK fertilizer in the growth media. The highest dose of vermicompost of 20 t ha-1 increased dry weight of shoot of 52 folds and root of 115 folds, number of fruit(s)/plant of 6 folds and mean fruit weight of 29 folds while the highest rate of NPK fertilizer of 200% increased dry weight of shoot of 35 folds and root of 80 folds, number of fruit(s)/plant of 4 folds and mean fruit weight of 18 folds over the control treatment. The growth performance of tomato was better in the vermicompost amended soil pots than the plants grown in the inorganic fertilizer amended soil pots. This study suggested that the vermicompost served as a potential source of nutrients for plant growth.
Vermicompost, NPK Fertilizer, Tomato, Growth, Yield
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