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.

WORMS RESIST!

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We’ve been at this for a while now, 10 years officially, 30 actual, and in that time we’ve seen some pretty bone headed moves by government leaders both here at home and south of the border.  But nothing could prepare us for the ill wind that’s come blowing out of Donald Trump’s face hole.  Sorry people but his latest attack on our mutual environment is a step too far.

When we began our goals and mandate were and remain; protecting our environment, facilitating sustainable organic waste management and providing people with the vermiculture technology they need to reduce their carbon footprint through the use of vermicomposting and organic farming/gardening.  Global Climate Change is here now it has devastating effects felt everyday around the globe.  To deny or diminish the reality of this fact in favour of energy resource corporate interests at the expense of people living with the consequences is the height of delusion and cruelty.   You cannot imagine our disgust with the new President of the United States.  His reckless attitude toward our planet will literally be killing our future.

Within days of his conquest… err, inauguration he removed all references to climate change from the White House website.  Since then the hits just keep on coming, more pipelines, gone is the Environmental Protection Agency and he has given the go ahead to coal extraction, just to mention a few.  He’s not a lone rider either; this distain for any other than him and his has emboldened likeminded decisions from political powers closer to home.

Our very own Premier Mr. Pallister plans to open crown land to resource extraction and gut our water protection measures.  He wants to bring back the hog farms that have wreaked havoc on our lakes, rivers and lands.  We will fight back and you can too.  Just by visiting our website you’ve taken one step to gaining control, if you’re interested in worms, you’re interested in the environment.  Let our worms empower you, take another step.

SURPRISE APPEARANCE

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Want to learn more about vermicomposting?  Join us this Saturday at the Garden’s Manitoba 10th annual Gardening Saturday, March 18th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Victoria Inn & Conference Centre, 1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, MB.  Find us on the show room floor.

Tickets for Tradeshow ($5.00) and Workshops ($20.00) at the door.

Registration opens at 8:00 AM

Workshop Sessions begin at 9:30 AM

Doors to the trade show floor open at 9:00 AM

Free parking is available in the lot facing Berry Street

Please enter the Victoria Inn through the doors marked Victoria Inn Conference Centre. Do not enter through the hotel lobby

Keynote Speaker: Ken Brown!

Trade Show featuring various home and garden vendors,  Garden Clubs and more!

Over 15 Workshops & Educational Sessions!

Silent Auction Prizes!

THE DAWNING OF THE AGE OF THE WORM

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Worms are cool!  They are the masters of bacteria and have harnessed it to become one of the only living creatures capable of breaking the strongest chemical bond in the natural world, the nitrogen bond.  Nitrogen absolutely loves itself, when one finds another they create a two molecule powerhouse that is loath to separate.  Only a Ménage à trois of nitrogen can bond with water to become soluble nitrogen that a plant can use.  It’s a force of nature and the key player in our world’s nitrogen cycle.  It’s also a bit of a love story…..

When we talk about vermicast we’re really talking about organic fertilizer complete with all the macro and micro nutrients plants need to survive including the all-important soluble nitrogen.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_cycle Would you like to be a part of this amazing cycle, it’s the cycle of life itself.  All you need to do is start composting with worms, it’s very rewarding.

Your indoor bin http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/08/27/indoor-worm-bins/ is the window into a sustainable future.  You will create vermicast from the waste in your household.  You may use it anyway you wish from house plants to garden.  You will notice a distinct improvement in the health and quality of your plants.  When you eat those delicious veggies, the remains of your feast can go into your vermicomposting bin thus continuing the ageless nitrogen cycle.

You have become a world builder!

 

CREATE QUALITY CASTINGS

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People decide to vermicompost for many different reasons, what is the goal of one, may not be the goal of another.  Some folks use a worm bin with the main purpose of eliminating food waste from the local landfill while others feel a need to grow worms to share.  No matter what drives your desire to vermicompost the end result is always the same; the creation of vermicast or worm castings.

Here’s where purpose meets goals, if your goal is quality castings we can help.  The conditions in a vermicomposting system, moisture, pH and temperature are dictated by the materials within that system.  Both food and bedding choices play a part in the resulting vermicast.  Just as in an outdoor compost bin the careful balance of carbon and nitrogen or “green” and “brown” material creates a desirable end product.  It’s the same principal in a vermicomposting system.  Many people disregard the importance of the type and quantity of bedding material in their worm bin.

Bedding represents the carbon or “brown” component of your worm bin, it is instrumental in controlling moisture levels and in creating quality castings.  It is also a key player in the mating and reproduction of red worms.  Worms will rise to enter the bedding layer in order to find a potential partner. You may notice when your bin is functioning well a number of teamed up worms have crawled up the walls when you open it.  This is a good sign. If on the other hand you find a mass exodus, particularly when accompanied by a foul smell, you are in trouble.  Bedding can be any type of dried carbon based material from newspapers to straw or dry leaves.  Here’s a hint, t’s always a good idea to collect a bag or two of dried leaves in the fall for use over the winter months.  The best example of the carbon vrs nitrogen content and how it changes is grass clippings, when new and fresh they are green and contain mostly nitrogen as they dry and become brown the nitrogen is removed and replaced with carbon.

In order to create dark, rich and “fluffy” castings you must incorporate a high enough carbon content.  If you have light coloured wet and “mushy” castings, you need to add more bedding to your mix.

THE DEAD OF WINTER

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The mighty collective “they” of the universe has determined; we have just past the dead of winter!  Go figure, it seems exactly like the life of winter to us.  This past Monday was deemed the most depressing day of the year, apparently after the high point of the holiday season people feel a sense of disappointment…. we say hogwash to that.  Why you may wonder are worms farmers immune to these mid winter blues?  It’s our connection to the earth of course.

Being able to touch the living heartbeat of life through soil is very beneficial to mental health.  As simple as it sounds, during the coldest months when snow lays feet deep on the ground the feel and smell of healthy living soil can be rewarding.  An indoor worm bin can do this, give people the connection they’re looking for.  Who needs a dating app when you have a worm bin eh.

Think about this, when your are actively vermicomposting you are creating, a worm bin is a constant source of life creation.  A replica of the very essence of the nitrogen carbon cycle that runs our natural world.  How cool it that!  You can lower your carbon footprint to help our environment, eat healthier with more veggies in your diet so your worms don’t starve and play in the dirt whenever you feel the need.  All these things add up to happiness.

Try it out for yourself, contact us here on the web page or through our Face Book page, worm therapy awaits.  https://www.facebook.com/NATURESPERFECTPLANTFOOD/ 

 

ALL HAIL THE CANADIAN WORM AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

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(We are Back!  Please forgive our absence from posting in the past month, we have “fixed” the web page.  Much more great info to come.)

When we look back on a turbulent year around the world, as Canadians we can take the time to do a bit of gloating even though it’s not in our nature.  Where on this planet would you rather be than the bastion of democratic thought and multicultural peace?  We’ve worked hard to achieve this place in humanity, this island of safety on a dangerous planet.  Our record is not spotless; we are struggling to stay on the path of reconciliation with our First Nations community, but we walk that road hand in hand, nation to nation and it’s a long path indeed.

Not everyone here can boast of a clear conscience, there are racist, sexist intolerant people in this country they hide behind the comment sections in newspapers and online.  You seldom see or hear them in real life, when you do encounter a bigot you’ll find that they stand alone.  What used to be a silent majority have found their voice and a new turn of phrase has come to light…. Call them out!

Do not tolerate or meet with silence the face of discrimination, to stay quiet is to condone.  Bruised feelings heal faster than broken bones.  Racism and sexism come from fear, be patient and understanding in your gentle tutelage.  Take a page from First Nations philosophy; make sure to feed the right wolf.  Let’s be proud of the work we’ve done together to make a tolerant, just society.

Almost all of us are immigrants to this land including the very worms that make NATURE’S PERFECT PLANT FOOD the growing success we cherish today.  There’s plenty of room to welcome any newcomers and enough love to make it worth your while.  As we enter into the great unknown of 2017, stay fast in your resolve and strong in your commitment to freedom and peace.  All hail the Canadian Worm, there’s more of us than you think.

WHEN TO START VERMICOMPOSTING

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VermicastWe have been blessed with a mild snow free Autumn this year (fingers crossed) but you know it won’t last.  Before too long we’ll be shivering and shoveling, the green brown landscape gone under a blanket of white.  No more frolicking in the garden or digging in the dirt.  You may experience a sense of loss even, lamenting the return of the winter months.  Do NOT despair!  Worms in your indoor compost will work all year.  You can still play in the dirt to your hearts content while you happily reduce your carbon footprint and save the life of your local land fill and the planet too.

When you ask yourself when to start composting with worms, the short answer is NOW!  We can get you started for as little as $20.00.  Just think, within a couple of months you can begin to harvest castings for your indoor plants or just to store until spring.  Save them up and start some of next years seedling when the time is right.  Use them once you have some to create that indoor herb garden you’ve been dreaming about, yum, fresh herbs.  The possibilities are endless.

The best part of starting to vermicompost in your home however is the satisfaction you’re sure to feel from seeing all those kitchen scraps vanishing into beautiful perfectly balanced compost for you to use as you will.  Get going today, you can use the contact page right here on the web site or for fun, check out our Face Book.  https://www.facebook.com/NATURESPERFECTPLANTFOOD/ 

Still a little worried?  have a look at this post.  http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2011/10/27/indoor-worm-bins-qa-2/ 

 

MOVING TIME, AGAIN

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VermicompostingThe nights are getting cold and soon frost will be on the ground, if you have worms outside in our Northern climate, move them inside now.  That’s what we’re doing this week, shifting from our outdoor operation in the country to inside our city depot.  Due to this change will will not have Bulk Kits available until next spring.  No worries, you can still enjoy vermicomposting with our “Clean” worm option. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/products/ 

Many people employ Red Wigglers in their out side composting bins during the summer season, you can overwinter them inside.  Now is the time to give indoor vermicomposting a try. http://www.naturesperfectplantfood.com/2012/08/27/indoor-worm-bins/  You can try to overwinter worms outside yourself, ours survive because of the size and quality of our system.  You need a really big and active compost to give it a go.