|Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 17, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
I am always tickled by the people that call and ask for the price on a truck load of worm castings. Most of these people are well educated people, great gardeners and just looking to save money.........
Problem is, I then have to spend about an hour or more, explaining why they don't need a pickup truck full. Let me try to explain, please overlook the typo's and spelling as I am not a journalist.
For starters, most "real" worm farms in Ga. may produce a yard or even two per year, of castings. If they claim to have tons and tons of castings(worms crap), red flags and sirens should go off. Didn't they use any on their own yard and garden, why not.
I am not saying they are ling to you, just do the math....if you have 60 beds, with 10,000 worms in each one about 60,000 worms, and you harvest them every 30 days. You will get at most 30 buckets of castings...........that is a pretty good bit, maybe even a 1/3 of a yard, providing you don't use any or sell any then logically in 3 months you would have a yard. But that's only one sale of one yard, once it is gone you wouldn't have any left. There is only about 6 good harvest months out of the year in Ga. because of temp. and weather.
60 beds full of worms is a fair size, lets double it to 120,000 worms and I only know about 6 in Ga. that have that many or more. The math would say you could possibly in a perfect world, under perfect conditions, not selling any worms or castings for 6 months, you might get 4 yards of castings.
Keep in mind, with that many worms, and that much harvesting, feeding and watering, you would have to have at least 2 and likely 4 people or more helping with the up keep.
Don't get me wrong, there are a few worm farms that aculy have a yard or two for sale, but you wont find them on Craig's list for 100 per yard.
So, you are asking, how or what are the doing.......well there are lots of things, basically sifting compost. And or uneaten vermicompost.
I prefer to see the GLOW on a persons face, when they show me pictures of their, huge and bountiful crops.
and another thing.........................................the magic of worm castings.......................is....................
you only need a pound, one pound of castings will make 50 gallons of (fertilizer/tea) And that is alot of tea........................
Fertilizer is the wrong word, when you apply 10-10-10 or other fertilizers, you kill all the live organisms in your garden, raised bed or yard and give them a synthetic vitamin shot, when you eat the fruits or veggies, that is what you are eating, but what is worse.....the soil is dead and lets in all the bad micro organisms, organisms, bugs and other bad things.
When you use worm tea made from worm castings, you are doing just like 03-03-03 and can do it over and over with out burning, organic, so when you eat your bounty that is what it is. and the soil is ALIVE, with millions and millions of micro organisms killing anything bad. That is their food.....that's just the start......next year will be even better, and the next even better and so on. not at all like a fertilizer that you must apply over and over. Yes you can re apply tea over and over, but once your yard and garden comes back to life, it will maintain itself. this is the first year I have had so many tomato s, not one had brown spot, the list is endless.. I have only be totally free of all synthetics for 2 years.
back to the point, you dont need a ton of castings. that is the magic.......and there IS, a difference in castings, type, age, worms used, feed used for the worms and more......
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Tim Herron http://www.herronfarms.webs.com
|Posted by Tim Herron Farms on April 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
4-8 cups Herron Farms Organic Earthworm Castings
¼ cup sulfur free molasses
1 Tbsp water soluble sea plant extract-kelp or seaweed
2 Tbsp soluble fish powder or liquid fish emultion
4+ gallons Chlorine free water / rainwater
(Note: If you have chlorinated water, fill your pail and let it sit overnight uncovered, and the chlorine will evaporate. Alternatively, accelerate the process by putting the water in your brewer and turning the bubbler on. You will know the chlorine is gone when you cannot smell the chlorine anymore – probably in as short a time as 20-30 minutes. You can verify the absence of chlorine by purchasing a simple chlorine test kit from a local pool supplier.)
Tea Brewer components:
Min. 5 gallon plastic pail, bucket or barrel
Air pump with air stone or some other air dispersal device (remember: small bubbles are superior).
Sieve (a 5 gal. paint bucket filter works well)
Elastic band or a twist-tie to close the Sieve
First, ensure that all components are clean and there are no buildups or areas of your brewer that will prevent the circulation of air and water. (If the stone builds up residue just soak it overnight in pure white vinegar).
In a 5 gallon pail, fill with 4 gallons or so of warm water with the molasses, seaweed extract, and liquid fish. Turn on the pump with the hose and stone attached before placing the stone into the solution. Leave the pump running when removing the stone from the brew to keep water from entering the stone.
Place the air-stone or other bubbler at the bottom of the pail. For best results, ust the ‘open brew’ approach by placing the Barefoot Soil Organic Earthworm Castings directly into the water. (You can always strain the castings later if you are going to use a sprayer for the Teas’ application.) Alternatively, put the BFS Organic Earthworm Castings into the sieve and place it into the pail over the bubbler.
Brew until a noticeable frothy slime (“bio-slime”) develops on the surface of the water and the smell of the ingredients is very weak or no longer present. The absence of noticeable fish and molasses odor indicates that the microorganisms have consumed the ingredients! Once the food is gone the populations will begin to decrease. On warm summer days, you can begin a brew in the evening, and the tea will be ready for application the next morning. We find brewing is complete in as little as 12 hours if the brew is kept warm. Hence, brew times are heavily dependent on the water temperature. With every 10 degree F drop in temperature, brew times increase by 12 hours.
Be sure to keep the tea aerobic by leaving the bubbler on until you use the tea since cutting off the oxygen supply will down spike the population and diversity.
While brewing, the population of beneficial microorganisms will be doubling in as little as every 20 minutes. By the end of the brew, your solution can contain over one billion little critters per teaspoon of tea!
Apply the tea when the populations of microorganisms are at their highest number and diversity. Spray the tea onto foliage, stems, roots and surrounding soil, or simply pour it onto you plants and vegetation. Remember, Castings Tea Everything! Spray early morning or in the evening or in the shade, not in the sunshine.
When you are finished, use the left over castings for your soil amendment needs. Do not discard them! These castings should have higher population densities than what you started with, because remember, you brewed an exceedingly large population, and they will adhere to the castings!
Herron Farms, Dawsonville 706-531-4789
|Posted by Tim Herron Farms on March 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
This blog is not updated as much as my main page, at http://www.herronfarms.webs.com
|Posted by Tim Herron Farms on November 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM||comments (9)|
I have been making compost tea for a very long time. Last year I learned about adding air with an aquarium pump and a bubbler stone.
I fill a 30 gal. trash can with water and let it sit for a couple days so the chlorine and chemicals can evaporate, I throw in a bunch of compost, 2 or 3 shovels, 1 cup of molasses and let it bubble for a day or 2, it will look like a root beer float on top when it's going good, then I just throw this at all my plants. They are much healthier now, no diseases, very few bugs and lots of delicious vegetables and fruit. I went and got this off the internet for you:
What Is Worm Tea and How Do I Make It?
For centuries, farmers have been straining water through vermicompost and calling the liquid worm 'tea.' When prepared properly, worm tea should be virtually odorless and is a valuable organic amendment for the soil, in potted plants, for use in organic gardening. In the last few years, research into the soil food web has lead to the development of worm tea brewers.
Worm tea is brewed using vermicompost and other organic materials such as molasses, sea kelp and other compounds as a starter and then water is added. A pump with special nozzles is then used to oxygenate the mixture over an 18-24 hour period. The microbes (good guys) are increased exponentially and the mixture, with a shelf life of 15 hours, can be sprayed on lawns, flowers, and trees with complete safety.
There is evidence that worm tea will cure tomato blight, leaf curl on fruit trees. It can also replace conventional fertilizers used in areas such as schools, municipal parks and playgrounds. Many of these products are unfriendly to the eco system and are now, or will soon be, banned because of the dangers they pose.
Worm tea is an excellent, 100% natural, non-toxic alternative.
|Posted by Tim Herron Farms on October 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM||comments (0)|
I am not begging, The farm needs less time now, and I am looking for a job to call home. I have many references
83 Hickory Trail west
Dawsonville Ga. 30534
E-mail [email protected]
Education 1981 High School Diploma
1988-1991 Gwinnett Tech, while also working full time as a Maintenance Supervisor for Royce properties in Atlanta.
1995-Associated Technical Institute, EPA Certification #608 Universal
1996-Associated Technical Institute, EPA Certification #609
Awards received 1975 Eagle scout with all 3 palms 1998 Wood badge Adult leader training, This is a five year course. 1998 Employee of the year, Home Depot
Interests and activities I love the outdoors, and anything with a challenge, Fixing something no one else has been able to. I am extremely mechanically inclined and approach projects with logic, reasoning and common sense.
Work experience 1981-1997 Owner of (All in One) Property Maintenance services, doing renovation and turnkey service for apartments, duplexes, and commercial properties. 5 employees, and net sales of 1996 were over 97,000.00
1997-2001 I sold my Business, and went to work for Home Depot; I was certified in Mill work, flooring, electrical, hardware plumbing, and Building mat. Later working on the night crew.
2001 to Dec 18, 03 Due to Divorce I Relocated to Cleveland Ga., and found closer work at Lowe’s in Gainesville.
Dec 2003-April 2006 I went back to work for myself, doing repair work and odd jobs, this gave me more time to raise my two boys. Both are married now and one is in the U.S.Army.
April 2006 June 2007 worked in the warehouse/shop at All phase plumbing. I resigned June 20 due to commute time, gas prices, and lack of benefits.
2008 To September 15, 2009 was employed by ABM engineering as a Building Engineer for several High rise Buildings in the perimeter center east corridor. My position was eliminated.
September 2009 till present, Working on Herron Farms, A Self Sustainable Mini farm, with Internet presence and sales http://www.herronfarms.webs.com
Volunteer experience Boy Scouts, I have served as Scoutmaster, AST Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, Unit Commissioner and several other positions.
Summary of qualifications Since 1974 have worked in the construction field, Sheetrock work, painting, plumbing, electrical, framing, trim, air conditioning, concrete work and several others. I pride myself as being one of the best, in all that I do.
Accreditation’s and licenses H.V.A.C.(E.P.A.) certified(universal Tech) since 1995, C.P.R. since 1998, General Contractor Ga. since 1984
|Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM||comments (0)|
Aug 2010 Price List
½ pound red worms 14.00 plus 8.50 next day priority shipping
1 pound red worms 28.00 plus 8.50 next day priority shipping
The Worm Factory 3 tray_89.95___4 tray_99.95___5tray_109.95_
The Worm Factory 360__109.95_______
Coir_3 inch Comp. Hockey pucks 10 pk=10.00 plus s/h______
Coir Basic 1 ½ lb compressed Brick_5.00 plus s/h
Coir 10 lb compressed block 20.00 prefer pick up
Coir 100 lb 10-10lb compressed blocks 180.00 prefer pick up
Call ahead for shipping prices on 10 and 100 lb
1 Pound Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth 2.50 plus 6.50 next day priority shipping.
20x24 Screens made with 2x3 frames, fully assembled no shipping.
½ mesh 30.00
¼ mesh 30.00
1/8 mesh 30.00
1.50 Pound, prefer pick up
Tea bags for making 1 gal of worm tea are 1.50 each, or 10 for 10.00, these are full and ready to use.
Shipping is extra, at 6.50 up to 4 pounds.
Cups of 25 worms per cup=2.00 per cup, 5 cup min
10 cups or more=1.75 per cup
Del. Can be arranged with a 50.00 min order, the charge for this will vary with mileage from Dawsonville Ga. A basic in County charge is 10.00 and out of County is 20.00 plus 1.00 per mile after 20 miles. Merchandise and delivery must be prepaid.
Delivery is just a convenience fee and is not meant to make money,