WHERE ARE ALL THE WORMS?

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We use cattle manure to grow our worms and produce worm castings, thousands and thousands of Liters per day.  It’s hard to imagine what this looks like in the real world.  The first photo in this post shows our starting point, raw manure.  Once the worms have moved or been moved into the material the composting rows are covered with a thick layer of straw mulch, you can see this in the second photo.  Finally with careful management the straw can be removed to harvest castings from the outer layer of the original manure pile.  This process is repeated almost daily and the finished castings are screened before being packed for you to use.  Our third photo depicts the finished product.  By the time this has happened, (it only takes a few months), the worms have moved into fresher manure placed next to the completed compost, easy peasy right.

 

Now that we’ve walked you through the program where have the worms gone?  Keep in mind that the little wonders have been getting busy making baby worms the whole time and the colony will have tripled in size.  It’s an amazing bit of work from Mother Nature, but, the worms need to eat, we need more manure.  This is truly a self-propelled business you can’t have one without the other if you get the drift.  Worms need manure to eat and castings always come next.  So, what’s a worm farmer to do?  We chose to expand.

This is where our manure management program had its beginnings.  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/about-us-2/manure-management/  In co-operation with many local (and by local we mean Southern Manitoba, it’s a big place) cattle and livestock farmers we have created satellite worm depots that act as alternate vermicast and worm producing sites.  It’s the best of both worlds; the farmers can incorporate composting worms into their manure management scheme to reduce their carbon footprint by composting aerobically and harvest some castings for their fertilizing potential.  We can harvest worms when needed or bump up our casting supplies at the height of the season, plus it ensures that we never run out of stock!

If you’re like us and want more transparency and honesty in our world, don’t look to the politicians or big companies, look to a worm farmer.  Better yet, talk to one, message us here on the web page or through our Face book page.  https://www.facebook.com/NATURESPERFECTPLANTFOOD/

 

 

WHY WE VERMICOMPOST

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Vermicomposting, composting with red worms, can be as complex or simple as you choose to make it, the point being that it’s a personal decision.  Whether you’re already an avid composter or just a part timer, red composting worms (Eisenia fetida) will enhance your composting experience greatly.  Not only do they allow apartment dwellers to be able to compost indoors they also improve any outdoor composting situation.

People compost for any number of reasons, some to do their part to fight Green House Gas others to improve their gardening experience.  People have different end goals in mind when starting a vermicomposting operation.  We always ask people who contact us to acquire worms what their ultimate outcome is, that way we can help them design a system that will work for them to achieve the end result they are looking for.

If your main goal is to keep food scraps out of the landfill and reduce GHG’s then you will need to manage your vermicompost differently than if your objective is to create the maximum amount of vermicast for your plants.  Obviously you can’t have one without the other of course, worms will create castings, but, if you’re in an apartment you may want to manage your bin to minimize casting growth and maximize organic waste conversion.  Likewise, if your plan is to create beautiful, fluffy castings for your home and garden, you can enhance that aspect of your operation.

We’re here to help!  If you’re composting now, you’re half way there, contact us to take the next step.  Visit our Face Book page or use the handy, dandy contact form at the bottom of each of our web page tabs, we look forward to hearing from you.

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CANADA 150…. YIKES!

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It’s a big day here on the Prairies, Canada 150!  That’s right folks, as a country we’ve been “on the map” for 150 years.  We know we’re babies in the whole world country thing but we’re celebrating none the less.  Or, we should say…. Some of us are celebrating, some, not so much.  You see, Canada has a reconciliation problem.  To be clear, how you feel about this day probably has a lot to do with the colour of your skin and where/how you were raised.

There are many Canadian First Nations people who do not see this day as a beacon of freedom and choice and they have very good reason not to.  Historical injustices have rained upon our nation and left tainted ground that needs to heal before the growth of understanding and tolerance will flourish.  It’s for those good and deserving souls we will forgo any celebratory moments today and instead quietly reflect on the damage done.

Starting with treaties signed in good faith by intelligent, caring First Nations communities only to be broken by government agents, followed by the Indian Act, a destructive evil document that still rules the lives of people living within this apartheid system.  To the blatant marginalization of First Nations children…. The list goes on and on.  It’s not hard to see that there are plenty of steps left on the road to reconciliation.

Try this one on for size, how can we reconcile the federal government spending upwards of 500 million dollars for 150 celebrations when most First Nations people live in abject poverty with no drinking water?  That’s just a taste of the struggle we face as a nation, we must continue our quest to balance this country and of course we will.  When you raise a glass today think of the original residents and support the road to reconciliation, carve out some time and space for a talk with a person of colour you know and listen, all we have to do is listen.

GONNA GROW IN 2018? GROW ORGANIC!

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As we know recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada in about a year.  Yeah Canada!  Seems like a reasonable decision to us, the savings in law enforcement costs alone will improve life for all the taxpayers.

If you like many other upstanding citizens want to try to cultivate your own “smokables” at home, (up to four plants)… just like the food you put into your body, go organic.  Here’s a hint, you don’t have to smoke weed; you can eat it in many delightful forms.  Still, no matter your choice it might be of interest to know that one of the most effective organic fertilizers is Vermicast.  We can certainly help you in that department.

What you may not know or haven’t thought of is that we as a Nation would never have reached this progressive stance without the understanding of the benefits of medical marijuana.  Many people have found relief and health improvement with the use of this versatile drug.  From a topical agent that sooths sore muscles and joints to life saving reductions in brain seizures, long used by people suffering from eye problems including glaucoma and diabetes…..  Some may call it a wonder drug.

Improvements have been achieved through careful scientific exploration of the components that create such wide medical effects.  Advances have been made in the nature of the marijuana plants and their chemical components.  These changes are pioneering movements in Canada, it’s no secret we grow the best.  To that end, NATURE’S PERFECT PLANT FOOD is happy to support our growers and users, let’s go organic together.

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USING CASTINGS IN YOUR GARDEN

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If you haven’t used castings as an organic fertilizer before, the first thing you need to know is that worm castings are a slow release feeding system.  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2015/07/17/its-not-too-late-to-show-your-garden-some-vermi-love/

They will keep working in the soil structure for an entire season as fertilizer then continue for a lifetime of soil structure support and enhancement.  It’s the form of the castings themselves that allow for this long term usefulness.  When you break it down to the “nitty gritty” each individual cast or “poo” from a worm is a mini piece of complete soil.  Imagine a micro world of tiny soil components with nutrients and Humus neatly packed together awaiting deployment in your home and garden.  If we think of Humus as a little sponge in castings (which have about 40% more Humus than compost) it’s the glue that holds the nutrients together.  This sponge like material is what holds nutrients, beneficial bacteria and microbes in soil, more is better.

Worm castings are easy to use and will never cause “nitrogen” burn to plants.  You can use them anytime in a myriad of ways, why not start now and contact us today for a future of organic splendor in your gardening endeavors.

MOTHERS ARE THE WATER OF LIFE

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Mothers carry the waters of life literally, we are all aquatic in the womb.

Life is water and water is life.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the water carriers.

 

VERMICAST, WHAT’S WHAT IN THE COMPOST WORLD

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Raw Worm Castings

VERMICAST….WORM CAST….WORM COMPOST….What’s what in the soil world?  Are there different names for the same thing?  Yes….and no.  Let’s get the whole deal cleared up once and for all shall we.

Vermi –meaning worm from the Latin, Vermis.  Vermiculture;  all things worm, composting with worms is Vermicomposting. Worm poo, the end product from composting with worms is called Cast.  Giving us; Vermicast.  Also referred to as…wait for it…. Vermicompost.   That’s what we’ll be concentrating on today.

Vermicompost is not your average compost, it’s a different product.  Raw or fresh castings are not the same as processed ones.  Dried processed casting bought in a sealed bag has generally already been made into Worm tea; liquid organic fertilizer derived from soaking and in some cases aerating worm castings.  It’s like buying used coffee grinds.  Valuable grinds none the less.  The castings still contain soil building Humus; the organic material that houses the nutrients and water plants need to live.  It will retain some of the macro and micro fertilizing capacity but the living micro-organism component of the cast is gone.

Raw Vermicast in comparison is the yogurt of the soil world.  Jam packed with beneficial bacteria, enzymes and complex probiotic interaction. A slow release fertilizer that conditions and builds soil all the time, you will never need to worry about fertilizer “burn” ever again.  The balance of macro nutrients; Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus is consistent, always.  This versatile addition to any gardening purpose is more convenient and cost saving than any other product.  You need Vermicast.

You can make your own Worm Tea!

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DEATH IN PARADISE

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Take a look people; take a look at the world around you.  You’ve noticed the changes in Nature haven’t you.  Look at the picture of the late Great Barrier Reef!  Try not to cry.  If you grew up with a T.V. you’ve seen the glory of the images of this reef and ocean in its day, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.  Not to be confused with the 7 man made wonders or even the 7 ancient man made wonders of the world.  It should break your heart.

How long do you think we can hang on and are you ready for action?

Earth Day!  Deniers argue that our planet has always changed, climate is ever moving, and they remind you of the Ice Age….. hollow arguments to cover their fear.  They believe, they don’t know, but they believe that money will buy them air.  We know that slowly around us life, as we know it is breaking down.  Systems that have served for eternity can serve no longer.  It’s not the bio-sphere that’s let the planet down, it’s us.

Some of us have or will have children, how does that make you feel?  At this point in the annual Earth Day rant, we’d try to assure you that you are not helpless in the face of climatic failure….. it’s a little harder this year.  We’ve seen in our lifetimes the mass migrations of refugees from damaged and volatile areas of the world.  It’s not unprecedented. Why do you think they flee?  War, people fight for religion, politics and money, the ideologies barred from “polite” conversation.  Armies retreat, they don’t run away, it’s not soldiers fleeing their home, its families.

People that can support themselves with food, clean water and shelter in a stable environment do not run away.  When the land fails the people fail.

Now we will protect the land and water, now we will fight for our life and the life, all life, around us and we will welcome those who need a home.

It’s time for action!

BULK KITS ARE BACK!

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The warmer weather brings many changes to our home on the prairies, grey turns to green and cold winds blow warm.  With access to our outdoor vermicomposting facility now open we are happy to again offer the choice of bulk worms.  Bulk worm kits are a great way to begin a new worm bin or top up an exciting one.  They consist of 2 or 4 Litres of worm rich active compost, full of worms both adult and juvenile, eggs and very active compost.  Just like instant soup all you need to do is start feeding and presto, you’re a worm farmer.  If you’d like to get started now contact us here on the web page or visit us on Face Book https://www.facebook.com/NATURESPERFECTPLANTFOOD/ the worms are waiting.