Vermiculture

DSC_5101Worms are benificial to soils in many ways. They decompose organic mater, aerate the soil, and innoculate the soil with beneficial bacteria.  Their castings gently bind nutrients in the soil so Humboldt winter rains can’t wash those nutrients away.

These folks are hard at work all season. They are more productive at warm temperatures so we bring our worm bins into the greenhouse in winter.  We feed our worms rabbit manure, rabbit hair, egg shells, dry cow manure, certain food scraps and chopped plant matter. The liquid that forms in the bottom of our worm bins is rich with nutrients and beneficial bacteria.  We propigate the microbes in the worm-tea through activly-aerated teas. Our teas make the benefits of small quantities of worm tea benefit the whole garden.

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