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Book review: Organic Farming with Worms

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Book review: Organic Farming with Worms






I've had a compost worm farm for several years now.  Actually I currently have three worm farms.  They are a little addictive!  I didn't know anything about compost worms before I got them, but I fell in love with the concept of having somewhere to dispose all our organic (vegetative) waste that would also reliably produce compost and liquid fertiliser.  The worms and I have been very happy with our relationship and I thought I knew everything I needed to know, but then a neighbour (who we respect as a very good hay farmer) recommended this book - Organic Farming with Worms, by David Murphy (and that's not even an affiliate link because its not on Amazon).  Not just recommended it, he actually raved about it and showed us his new compost worm farm, and he said he'd bought copies of the book for all his friends!  This really got my interest, so I ordered a copy for myself.

This book is for anyone who is serious about getting more out of their compost worms than just waste processing and a bit of compost.  This is about maximising yield in garden and paddock by knowing how to manage both compost worms and earthworms to improve your soil (You might need to catch up on some soil info back here).

Wonderful worms

Earthworms make top soil at a rate of 2 mm every year, considering how small they are, this is an impressive rateEarthworms increase the organic matter in soil, which in turn increases the cation exchange capacity - this means that minerals are not leached from the soilAnd organic matter improves water holding capacityVermicast (worm poo) contains enzymes which solubilise minerals, making them available for plant growth, this will also neutralise soil pH (move towards pH 7) Vermicast contains sticky compounds that create stable aggregates (lumps) of soil, which improves soil textureWorms in the gardenThis book explains how to use compost worms in your garden and how to attract earthworms to take up residence.  A couple of key points that I found interesting:You can use vermicompost (worm farm compost) as a compost activator because it contains beneficial microbesSeeds sprout better in vermicompost (I know, that's where all the tomato plants in my garden came from!), so you can use it in seed starting mixesDon't think of the compost as "fertiliser" with an NPK ratio, its actually inoculating your soil with good microbesYou can attract earthworms to your garden by making a temporary worm farm in the soil.Since I read this I've been trying to use more vermicompost in my garden.  Previously I have tried to pick all the compost worms out of the vermicompost before I put it on the garden.  Now when a bin is full, I just dig a trench, dump in the vermicompost including worms and cover over with some mulch.  The compost worms will continue their work until all the compost is converted and then the earthworms will take over.  This is easier than picking out the comp...

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