This article clears up some confusion of what we can and cannot recycle and which bin to use.
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Soil is amazing, it is very old and changing all the time. It is made up from rock, minerals, decayed organic matter nourished by many organisms including red wigglers. Healthy soil = Healthy living.
Here is a Fantastic link to coloring and activities for young people about soil.
Have you seen this critter in your compost bin? This question leads to....will they eat my worms? This larvae is considered a friend but they will compete with your worms for the organic matter and may overpopulate the bin leaving very little food for the worms. Checkout this link for more detailed information: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG369/notes/black_soldier_fly.html
Are you seeing mounds, holes and fresh dirt piles in and around your garden? This helpful tip from the UC Davis IPM Pest Notes has some great tips on species recognition, mechanical traps, probes and chemical bombs.
The Centipede is a recycler of organic waste but no friend to worms. I found 2 in one of my bins today. I believe I introduced these rascals when I added some yard waste mulch to my worm bins. The centipede will eat the wigglers while enjoying a wonderful organic home, pick these guys out when you find them.
This little white worm is called an Enchytraeid (pot Worm). It is a type of Earthworm that never grows any larger AND stays White, this little guy helps break down the food for the red wiggler to ingest. This picture shows a pot worm next to a juvenile red wiggler. Many people mistake the little white worm for a baby wiggler. The white worms naturally appear and are not a threat to the red wiggler.
It's time for a Worm Workshop here at our Farm. This "hands on" workshop will let you dig in our various bins, learn how to separate compost and most important learn about the care of worms and composting. Bring your questions.
It's all about recycling. We had a wonderful time this morning. There was worm egg gazing, vermicompost separator in motion, worm watching, amazing vermicompost and worm tea brewing.
I am a Vermiculturalist that assists the worms in their Vermicomposting, this activity typically involves breeding worms.
Quick explanation: Vermiculture is the process of breeding worms.
Vermicomposting is the active process of turning organic matter into vermicompost, taking 2 weeks to 2 months.
Vermicompost is the byproduct of organic waste which has been transformed into a nutrient rich soil amendment
This is a bit of information from the Napa Master Gardner's recent edition of the Napa MG newsletter, the volunteer coordinator said to offer this advice: California native plants should be the first priority for watering, then anything newly planted, fruit trees, then followed by large trees and plants that may be pushing buds. Dormant plants that leaf out early should be watered before later leafing ones and smaller plants, those that cost less to replace. And that constantly thirsty turf lawn...
January 2014 has been cold in Napa with NO Rain and my plants are suffering. I just came in from watering the yard again! Did you know well watered plants are more resistant to frost damage. Continue keeping your citrus well watered and provide some warmth from the freezing cold. Shade cloth or plastic is a nice protection from frost, attach cloth to plant stakes covering the top of your plants. Supplemental heating with old style Christmas bulbs, not LED’s, is another option to protect plants. Unfortunately some of my succulents did freeze under their covers and lost most of their foliage, mother nature won this battle.
January is also the time to prune fruit trees and roses. Remember it’s time to apply a fungicide now and in late February just before bud break. Here at Worm Endings Unlimited we use only our Aerated Worm Tea as a foliar spray and as a soil drench reaping wonderful results without chemicals. Don’t forget your lawn , it’s time to give it a drink of worm tea to get those microorganisms working in the soil and assisting root growth. This is also the month to rake and clean up the yard to prevent a hospitable home for snails and slugs. This is a list of recommended things to do in January. I realize that I still have lots pruning, cleaning and spraying but not today, my feet are wet and cold. Sausage and Lentil Soup is recommended for today.