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May 6, 2016

Worm Castings

Worm Castings  

Worm Castings

also known as vermicompost, vermicast, worm humus, or worm manure, is one of the best things an organic gardener can add to their soil. Worm castings make an excellent fertilizer in your garden because they are full of water-soluble nutrients that are easy for your plants to access.

While many of us have earthworms in our garden beds, worm castings are the byproduct of vermicomposting. Instead of bacteria slowly breaking down organic matter, worms chew their way through, speeding up the process and reducing contaminant levels in the compost. You could go get worm bins and start vermicomposting at home, but Worm-Gro does all the work for you, providing high quality worm castings without the work, the mess, or the smell. We suggest adding a one inch layer of Worm-Gro around your plants every six weeks. Your plants will be healthier and more productive with a steady supply of nutrients. For more great gardening tips, you can read the rest of this month's newsletter here.

Plant Summer Vegetables

Plant Summer Vegetables

PLANT SUMMER VEGETABLES

As our weather heats up, there are a few plants in the garden that won't fare so well. Many of the plants that do great in cooler weather just can't take the heat. As these plants bolt, wilt, and die back, they should be pulled out and replaced with ones that can handle the warmer temperatures. Distressed plants are magnets for garden pests, so it's better to pull them before they turn into aphid farms. There are a number of vegetables that will do well through our summers, including summer squashes, tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, onions, and eggplant. Tomatoes and peppers do better from transplants this late in the season, but the rest can easily be grown from seed. Make sure to give your plants room to grow, especially the squash, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant. If you'd like to grow corn, you'll want to grow a bunch of it to ensure that it will be fully pollinated by the wind. If transplanting, water daily for the first week or two to allow the plants to establish themselves. For seeds, keep moist through germination. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant likely will not produce fruit this summer if planted this late, but if you can get through the summer, they will be ready to go when the temperatures cool down again. It also will be helpful to add some flowers to your garden. Sunflowers make great bait for garden pests, as well as providing a distraction for birds and intermittant shade. Marigolds help ward off some garden pests. Planting a flat or two of any type of flower will help attract pollinators to your garden, but planting a few different varieties will add color and help attract different kinds of pollinators. While you are replanting your garden, it might be a good idea to add some slow-release fertilizer or worm castings to enrich your soil. Adding a layer of mulch around your plants will help to retain moisture and keep weeds at bay. It is also important to check the moisture levels in your garden regularly and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. It is best to water slowly to let the water soak down to the roots. Watering deeply but infrequently will help prevent root rot and blossom end rot. If you need any garden advice, feel free to ask. Our staff has a wealth of experience, and we'll be glad to answer an of your gardening questions. For more great gardening tips, read the rest of this month's newsletter here.