Quotation: Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Life of the Bee

“The Apinae has characteristics so distinct and well-marked that one is inclined to credit all its members with one common ancestor. The disciples of Darwin, Hermann Müller among others, consider a little wild bee, the Prosopis, which is to be found all over the universe, as the actual representative of the primitive bee whence all have issued that are known to us today.

The unfortunate [primitive] Prosopis compares to the inhabitants of our modern hives as cave-dwellers to those who live in our great cities. You will probably more than once have seen her fluttering about the bushes, in a deserted corner of your garden, without realising that you were carelessly watching the venerable ancestor to whom we probably owe most of our flowers and fruits for it is actually estimated that more than a hundred thousand varieties of plants would disappear if the bees did not visit them and possibly even our civilisation, for in these mysteries all things intertwine.”

Maurice Maeterlinck, 1901, The Life of the Bee


Streamlined to the ultimate for functional performance the earthworm blindly eats his way, riddling and honeycombing the ground to a depth of ten feet or more as he swallows.

~Anatomy Underfoot, J.-J. Condue

Research has demonstrated that night crawler fertilizer, likewise called castings or vermicompost, enhances the air circulation, porosity, structure, waste, and dampness holding limit of soil.

Numerous studies demonstrate that when contrasted with conventional composts, vermin-compost is less variable and much more stable. Blending vermicompost into the planting medium essentially disposed of the requirement for extra manure in the creation of tomato attachments as one illustration.

Studies demonstrate that worm castings expand plant stature, stem diameter, improve root development, build dry weight, and produce a bigger number of blooms every plant than peat moss. Worm castings give a rich wellspring essential plant media and provide needed supplements.  Microbial movement in worm castings is 10 to 20 times higher than in the dirt and natural matter that the worm ingests.”

Redworm (Eisenia fetida) castings are a wealth and pure humus matter in the world. Humus is accepted to help in the counteractive action of harmful plant pathogens, parasites, nematodes and microorganisms.

Worms devour three times their weight a week or more. Red wrigglers are extremely dynamic, imitate rapidly and consume their own body weight of waste like clockwork. So 5 pounds of worms will consume ten pounds of waste in 24 hours! Also, 5 pound of worms can change 5 pound of pig excrement into compost in just 48 hours.  These are hard working little creatures that never rest.

Worm castings are BLACK GOLD!

How to use worm castings–

At the point when planting vegetable and annuals line the columns and holes with around two inches of castings. About every eight weeks side dress the plants with one-half measure of castings per plant or one container every foot of line.

Perennials work one-half measure of castings into the soil in the spring, center of summer health Fitness Articles, and early fall.

Pots and containers, including  hanging wicker baskets add one-half cup worm castings to the top and water in. At that point reapply like clockwork.

Roses can use four glasses of castings for every plant.

On the off chance that beginning another garden includes 15 pounds of throwing every 100 square feet (10′ x 10′) when sowing. When created utilize seven pounds per 100 square feet.  This is more a minimum, I have doubles the amount of worm castings and had no ill effects, but they are very valuable and their are never enough castings.

Also see–

The book Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm Composting System, 2nd Edition by Mary Appelhof (1936-2005).  I met Mary once and she was fascinating to talk to about gardening, and of course worms.

I ran a vermicomposter inside for 2 years, when I didn’t have much space to garden, or more importantly compost.  It took some jiggering to break some habits of getting my compost too wet, but after 3 weeks it worked like a spinning top.  I used the equivalent of this kit, Worm Factory 360 WF360B Worm Composter (Black), that I found at a yard sale, for $50, but got for $35 cause it was the end of the day.  Except this kit is better because of some of the features they added into the redesign.  Do you need the new features?  No, but they will make it easier to work with the composter trust me.

The vermicomposter’s don’t come with worms!  This isn’t a bad thing, so order the worms when you buy your composter.  If it is winter, you might want to find a local source unless we are having a thaw.  1000 worms is a little over 1 pound of worms, this a good starting amount, see Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm.  When I have moved a long distance I have bought 250 worms from these guy’s to prime my on the ground compost pile.  Great little worms.


O Lord, grant t…

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day, say from about midnight until three o’clock in the morning, but, you see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in; grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum, heliaanthemum, lavender, and the others which you in your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants – I will write their names on a paper if you like – and grant that the sun may shine the whole day long, but not everywhere (not for instance, on spiraea, or on gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron), and not to much; that there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms, no plant lice and snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano may fall from heaven. Amen.