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Anyone using worms, castings or teas in anyway to grow any kind of garden, please share your advice and experience here.

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Comment by Beth & Dave on July 17, 2009 at 10:54am
Hi Damon,
What a great idea for new group! I love it!!

We recently had a tomato plant that didn't look the greatest. The leaves were curled a little and not fully green and dark. We top dressed the soil around the base of that plant with castings and after about two weeks it looked a lot better. We have been harvesting a lot of great tasting tomatoes from it!
Comment by Steven Chow on July 17, 2009 at 11:15am
Great idea for a group... and coincidently perfect timing. I finally live at a place with some outdoor space, so this week my wife and I just set up our first little vegetable garden. We're new to vegetable gardening and are using the Square Foot Gardening book. There is no vermicompost in there yet just regular compost since we needed so much but I can't wait to start using my vermicompost soon. Here is a little photo of our setup.

Comment by Jason on July 18, 2009 at 6:46pm
It is a really great picture. Great colors and perfect focal point.
Comment by Beth & Dave on July 18, 2009 at 7:19pm
Strumelia, that photo you took of the baby worm was great. I would love to take closeups like that. Mine won't focus that close. what do you use?
Comment by Steven Chow on July 18, 2009 at 7:51pm
Yeah that chicken wire cage is to keep the birds, cats, squirrels and (hopefully) the raccoons out. There is a thin wood border along the bottom of the cage that is just resting on the border of the raised bed. The design is straight out of the SFG book. Coincidently, getting some chickens and a chicken coop is next on the list. I'm taking a chicken raising class in Berkeley later this month :)
Comment by Steven Chow on July 18, 2009 at 7:51pm
Btw.. Damon, I agree, the photo you choose for this group is awesome.
Comment by Bentley Christie on July 23, 2009 at 12:56pm
Hi everyone - I just noticed this group! Looks great.
I am a very avid vermigardener. Last summer I started my vermicomposting trenches, which worked surprisingly well. This spring I expanded my trenches and have been testing out a living-mulch approach (red worm habitat with worms on top of soil) as well as garden boxes that are essentially vermicomposting systems. It's been really interesting! The potatoes seem to be doing very well in their boxes, but beans don't seem to do as well in a system like that - perhaps due to the fact that the n-fixing bacteria can't become established in the root system in such a microbially competitive environment (just a hunch). The beans DO however seem to really love the living mulch approach.

Anyway - just some info about what I'm doing! :-)
Glad someone started this group!
Comment by Beth & Dave on July 23, 2009 at 6:27pm
I have been hot composting for over 16 years. Our soil is a hard clay based soil and when I first started gardening, whenever the soil dried out it would crack! I have since then made raised beds on top of this soil using old boards from our deck. I compost almost everything and put that finished compost into our garden or top dress our lawn with it. Our soil in our garden now is rich and black and beautiful. Our lawn is healthy and relatively weed free. We use our castings on our indoor plants and when an outdoor plant looks like it is in trouble.
Comment by Eve on July 24, 2009 at 3:38am
I have had mixed results with store bought compost. One brand can work great and the next brand is worthless. The difference seems to be the compost with the worst results all have the same ingredient.

On the last line of the ingredient list it says "and an equal amount of soil". In other words the bag of compost is half dirt. The other half seems to be bark.
Comment by Beth & Dave on July 24, 2009 at 11:40am
Can you start up your own hot composting bin? It doesn't need to take up a lot of room and it's very easy to do. That way you'll have a lot more compost available and you'll know exactly what is in it.


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