John from goes on a field trip to Kokua Worms in Honolulu, Hawaii to share with you how important earthworms are to your organic garden.

In this episode, you will learn about three different types of worms that you can use in your garden to provide your soil and plants benefits such as: fertility, diversity, aeration and more by simply adding the right kind of earthworms into your organic garden or on your farm.

You will also learn about 3 different types of worm homes aka worm factories so you can keep your own worms at home to compost your food scraps.

You will also learn tips on how to properly feed your worms so you do not get smelly, rotten food when making your own vermicastings.

Next, John will talk about the benefits of using the vermicastings in your soil and how they can be used to brew your own compost tea to spread out the biodiversity of microbes including beneficial bacteria and fungi in your garden or on your farm. You will also learn if leachate (what comes out of the worm factory) is the same as compost tea.

Finally, John will recommend some books on gardening or farming using the power of earthworms as well as other microbes that are living in the soil so you can have the most fertile soil in your garden without having the continually purchased bagged or boxed chemical or synthetic fertilizers.

After watching this episode, you will want to purchase some worms and get them in your garden as soon as you are able to reap the benefits of these amazing earthlings that should exist in your soil.

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  • josh604gt

    Nice video, I like to go into the bush and dig garbage cans full of them.  Usally find in marshy areas where fiddleheads etc would grow.

  • Svetla Nikolova

    put the scraps in a bucket with a lid and then feed one cup 2 per week! the more rotten the food the better for the worms!

  • PaulPaulMan

    Earthworms are invasive species in Minnesota and Michigan, probably in other areas in N. America too. They aren't good for forests. I'm not judging, but just thought I would share that, since it wasn't mentioned.

  • Alex Greatness

    I bought herb seedlings and found worms in their soil when I repotted them. Are worms okay even if I will be growing the herbs in container pots only and have no plans of transferring them to the ground? I'm sorry if that sounds like a stupid question but I am a beginner and still quite clueless. 

  • Babylon Gate

    Nitrogen is for vegetative growth,  but not enough, you need Carbon for crops, how do you provide it for the soil besides the vermicompost?

  • NorthEasternGardens

    Have a question regarding using grass clippings for compost bin. I fertilize my grass once a year when I use crabgrass killer and then I use weed killer for dandelions.  Is this grass safe to make organic compost? I only want to use organic things in my garden so I am not sure I Can use the clippings from my lawn.

  • TheRainQueen

    I put earthworms in my big containers (large pots I use to grow blueberries, peppers etc). Does anyone else do that? Seen a difference in yields & plant quality?

  • Amanda W

    Thanks, John! This is just in time for my new garden plot. I was alarmed at the lack of worms I found in it. I've been playing with the idea of a "worm box," but now I'm sure I should start one.

  • The Abled Gardener

    5 gallon worm towers in your garden is the way to go. I have one in each of my garden beds and they make the best vermi-compost. I do feed them some great food, they love it and I can harvest the compost on a regular basis for my other plants and parts of the garden plus the garden bed is full of worms and castings. Very little work or expense on your part.

  • H. Ray

    I got my worms at pet smart, there was only 50 of them, the have bred like bunnies cause there is a ton of eggs and tiny worms! must be doing something right with that sterilite tub of worms

  • delsurf71

    I have had composting worms for a couple years and in addition the benefits the casting provide and another way to use veggie waste…it is cool to put in some scrapes and a couple days later see the worms swarming over the stuff. 

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