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European nightcrawlers

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on May 1, 2011 at 7:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Worm Facts

The Dendrobaena Worm, full name Dendrobaena veneta (also known as the European night crawler & Eisenia hortensis), is a very tough and particularly wriggly worm, making them ideal as worms for fishing. They are surface feeders who are sensitive to light. The worms' eagerness to escape light is what makes them squirm so much in daylight. To ensure that you don't find your bucket of worms empty, you need to keep the lid on in the dark.

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The Dendrobaena worm has the ability to consume large amounts of vegetable matter, up to half their body weight a day. A sexually mature Dendrobaena weighs anything from 1 to 2.5+ grams.

The temperature range at which the Dendrobaena thrives, that is breeds, is between 12 to 18 degrees Celsius. In warmer temperatures, their metabolism increases so they eat more food in warmer temperatures, up to 25 degrees Celsius. If the temperature raises too much above this they can get very stressed and will die at high temperatures. Therefore if you have a portable wormery it needs to be kept in the shade in the summer months and in the sun in the winter months, or even indoors. Moisture is very important as worms need it to breathe through their skin, although do not drown them. In ideal conditions, a single worm will produce approximately 2 young per week. Cocoons are laid which normally contain 1 worm taking anything from 40 to 128 days to hatch. Dendrobaenas take 57 to 86 days to reach sexual maturity.

 

Watch the worms wriggle:

You need not worry about any escapees as Dendrobaenas are indigenous to this country and are a friendly lot, posing no threat to any other earthworms.

Recently we have heard a lot of talk about the Tiger worm versus the Dendrobeana worm and their suitability for composting your kitchen scraps. To be fair we have decided to put together some facts about the Tiger worms so that you can make up your minds for yourselves.

Being Dendrobaena worm farmers we know how successful Dendrobaenas are and the hundreds of tonnes of food that they get through on our farm. Being livestock farmers we are also familiar with the Tiger worm which can be found in any partially composted dung/compost heap.

The Tiger worm to a certain degree is a myth, it obviously exists but is not a distinct breed as is commonly thought. The scientific name is Eisenia foetida, also known as Redworm, Red Wiggler, Brandlings or Manure Worm amongst other names. It was the distinct banding that developed when the worms were farmed in a single medium, paper pulp, that led them to be named tiger worms. On entering an environment different to that in which they are bred, they tend to go wandering due to the shock of the environmental change. We get these small wild worms entering our worm beds. For this reason we only use the outdoor beds for breeding composting worms. If worms are ordered for fishing we only use pure dendrobaenas bred indoors to prevent contamination by the smaller worms not appropriate for fishing. This infiltration of Redworms into our beds has enabled us to see the advantages of Dendrobaenas in wormery like conditions i.e. the larger Dendrobaenas aerate the beds better and prefer wetter conditions often found in wormeries.

Like the Dendrobaena, the Tiger worm is an Epigeic worm, i.e. they live on the surface of the soil or in the top 6 inches or so of the topsoil under the litter layer. Both are indigenous to this country. Both worms can tolerate temperatures from 3 to 27 degrees celsius. Our Dendrobeanas have survived snowfall and frosts on our outdoor beds without any insulation! Worms will burrow down to protect themselves. A single Tiger worm will produce approximately 2-4 young per week. Cocoons are laid which normally contain 2 worms taking anything from 32 to 73 days to hatch. Tigers take 53 to 76 days to reach sexual maturity. As a guide, in ideal conditions, you can expect to double the weight of your Tiger worm population in 3-4 months.

The Tiger is supposed to eat up to its own weight in food each day, its weight being from 0.5 to 1 gram. However we have found that Tiger worms eat no more, if not less, weight for weight than dendrobaenas.

We do not have a surplus of worms to shift, in fact we have to work extremely hard to meet demand. It would be far easier for us to supply less worms with our wormeries (and cheaper), but we continue to provide 1kg of worms as we know that this amount gives our customers the best chance of making their wormeries a success.

We have done our own trials in controlled conditions, feeding the same amount of food to two large trays of worms. One tray contained dendrobaena worms and the other contained an identical weight of tigers. At the end of the trail the tiger worms had bred more but the dendrobaenas had eaten more food and had produced a greater quantity and quality of wormcast i.e. the compost was broken down better and was much finer.

In summary, both Dendrobaenas and Tigers are effective composting worms. However we have found Dendrobaenas ideally suited to wormery conditions because they like wetter conditions, will tolerate slightly acidic conditions better and being larger and more robust they are more efficient at aerating the compost. This is handy as the natural composting process can cause your wormery to become acidic should you overfeed or forget to neutralise the PH of your wormery with eggshells or lime.

Tiger worms do breed faster than dendrobaenas.

In our experience of breeding the two types of worms in controlled conditions, Dendrobaenas digest waste quicker and more efficiently than tiger worms producing quality wormcast at a much faster rate.

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Free Shipping

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on April 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM Comments comments (0)

For the next few months We are offering

Free Shipping for anything over a pound.

European worms

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on December 9, 2010 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Worm Facts

The Dendrobaena Worm, full name Dendrobaena veneta (also known as the European night crawler & Eisenia hortensis), is a very tough and particularly wriggly worm, making them ideal as worms for fishing. They are surface feeders who are sensitive to light. The worms' eagerness to escape light is what makes them squirm so much in daylight. To ensure that you don't find your bucket of worms empty, you need to keep the lid on in the dark.

The Dendrobaena worm has the ability to consume large amounts of vegetable matter, up to half their body weight a day. A sexually mature Dendrobaena weighs anything from 1 to 2.5+ grams.

The temperature range at which the Dendrobaena thrives, that is breeds, is between 12 to 18 degrees Celsius. In warmer temperatures, their metabolism increases so they eat more food in warmer temperatures, up to 25 degrees Celsius. If the temperature raises too much above this they can get very stressed and will die at high temperatures. Therefore if you have a portable wormery it needs to be kept in the shade in the summer months and in the sun in the winter months, or even indoors. Moisture is very important as worms need it to breathe through their skin, although do not drown them. In ideal conditions, a single worm will produce approximately 2 young per week. Cocoons are laid which normally contain 1 worm taking anything from 40 to 128 days to hatch. Dendrobaenas take 57 to 86 days to reach sexual maturity.

 

Watch the worms wriggle:

You need not worry about any escapees as Dendrobaenas are indigenous to this country and are a friendly lot, posing no threat to any other earthworms.

Recently we have heard a lot of talk about the Tiger worm versus the Dendrobeana worm and their suitability for composting your kitchen scraps. To be fair we have decided to put together some facts about the Tiger worms so that you can make up your minds for yourselves.

Being Dendrobaena worm farmers we know how successful Dendrobaenas are and the hundreds of tonnes of food that they get through on our farm. Being livestock farmers we are also familiar with the Tiger worm which can be found in any partially composted dung/compost heap.

The Tiger worm to a certain degree is a myth, it obviously exists but is not a distinct breed as is commonly thought. The scientific name is Eisenia foetida, also known as Redworm, Red Wiggler, Brandlings or Manure Worm amongst other names. It was the distinct banding that developed when the worms were farmed in a single medium, paper pulp, that led them to be named tiger worms. On entering an environment different to that in which they are bred, they tend to go wandering due to the shock of the environmental change. We get these small wild worms entering our worm beds. For this reason we only use the outdoor beds for breeding composting worms. If worms are ordered for fishing we only use pure dendrobaenas bred indoors to prevent contamination by the smaller worms not appropriate for fishing. This infiltration of Redworms into our beds has enabled us to see the advantages of Dendrobaenas in wormery like conditions i.e. the larger Dendrobaenas aerate the beds better and prefer wetter conditions often found in wormeries.

Like the Dendrobaena, the Tiger worm is an Epigeic worm, i.e. they live on the surface of the soil or in the top 6 inches or so of the topsoil under the litter layer. Both are indigenous to this country. Both worms can tolerate temperatures from 3 to 27 degrees celsius. Our Dendrobeanas have survived snowfall and frosts on our outdoor beds without any insulation! Worms will burrow down to protect themselves. A single Tiger worm will produce approximately 2-4 young per week. Cocoons are laid which normally contain 2 worms taking anything from 32 to 73 days to hatch. Tigers take 53 to 76 days to reach sexual maturity. As a guide, in ideal conditions, you can expect to double the weight of your Tiger worm population in 3-4 months.

The Tiger is supposed to eat up to its own weight in food each day, its weight being from 0.5 to 1 gram. However we have found that Tiger worms eat no more, if not less, weight for weight than dendrobaenas.

We do not have a surplus of worms to shift, in fact we have to work extremely hard to meet demand. It would be far easier for us to supply less worms with our wormeries (and cheaper), but we continue to provide 1kg of worms as we know that this amount gives our customers the best chance of making their wormeries a success.

We have done our own trials in controlled conditions, feeding the same amount of food to two large trays of worms. One tray contained dendrobaena worms and the other contained an identical weight of tigers. At the end of the trail the tiger worms had bred more but the dendrobaenas had eaten more food and had produced a greater quantity and quality of wormcast i.e. the compost was broken down better and was much finer.

In summary, both Dendrobaenas and Tigers are effective composting worms. However we have found Dendrobaenas ideally suited to wormery conditions because they like wetter conditions, will tolerate slightly acidic conditions better and being larger and more robust they are more efficient at aerating the compost. This is handy as the natural composting process can cause your wormery to become acidic should you overfeed or forget to neutralise the PH of your wormery with eggshells or lime.

Tiger worms do breed faster than dendrobaenas.

In our experience of breeding the two types of worms in controlled conditions, Dendrobaenas digest waste quicker and more efficiently than tiger worms producing quality wormcast at a much faster rate.

© Bucket of Worms; Web Design by Julie

Worm Tea

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on November 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM Comments 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.

My Resume

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on October 27, 2010 at 7:08 PM Comments 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

Phone 706-531-9917

E-mail [email protected]

Tim Herron

 

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

shipping

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on September 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM Comments comments (0)

Shipping is a big concern for most people including myself, I use The US Post Office and Priority next day shipping, so far we have had a 99.9 percent success getting the order to its destination the day after ordering. As long as I get the order to the post office before they close, it will make the last truck and you will get the shipment the next day.

Now, about the price.

I only want to break even on the shipping, my job is to raise and sell worms.

Depending on where I send them, it changes the price some, Basic 1-2 pounds is 5.25 to alot of in state.

Add 70 cents to any order for conformation.

Pay pal charges me about 1.00 per 30.00

now we are at the 7.00 mark give or take .50

Then add in the .45 for the shipping bag

and you are at 7.50-8.00

then you have tape, ink, paper, handling, gas, time and tracking, dont forget customer service and responding to phone and emails.

I think that is worth the 8.50 that I charge from 1-4 pounds

or 11.00 over 4 pounds.

Diatomaceous Earth - Organic pest control

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 31, 2010 at 4:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Diatomaceous Earth - Organic pest control

 

Household Pests:

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural, organic insect killer. Diatomaceous Earth kills by physical action and not by chemical so there is NO harm to pets or humans. The tiny hard and sharp diatoms scratch off the insects waxy coating, causing it to dehydrate.

Use Diatomaceous Earth for control of roaches, silverfish, ants, fire ants, bedbugs, lice, mites, spiders, earwigs, flies, fleas, box elder bugs, crabs(std), Pubic and hair Lice, scorpions, crickets, and many other insects. Diatomaceous Earth can be used in and around the home, yard, animal housing, etc. Sprinkle a 2 inch wide border around the foundation of your house to prevent insects from entering.

Diatomaceous Earth will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms.

A Word About BEDBUGS

All over the United States we are seeing an outbreak of bedbugs. DE will not only kill the bedbugs you have, but will do it safely without chemicals. Remember-bed bugs cannot fly, so make sure bed is away from the wall and there is no bedding touching the floor. Surround each of the 4 legs of the bed with DE--this will kill them as they try to get on the bed the only way possible. Dust some DE on the matress and bedding--especially in the creases. Dust DE in the carpets and in corners of room. Remove electrical outlet covers and puff some DE inside the walls. The "Pest Pistol" works great for this. Keep this routine up for several days untill no more bed bugs.

Pubic Lice(Crabs) and Hair Lice: Dust Diatomaceous Earth on all areas of the body that are infested with the Lice (Crabs). Dust your bedding and rooms you have been in with DE also.

 

Plant Pests:

For control of aphids, white fly, beetles, loopers, mites, snails, slugs, leaf hoppers, and others, use Diatomaceous Earth inside your home, greenhouse or outdoors on fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains and grass, up to and including day of harvest. For dry application of Diatomaceous Earth use a duster and cover entire plant, apply to both top and bottom of leaf. For young plants, as little as two pounds per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, five lbs. per acre is probably sufficient. Diatomaceous Earth will need reapplication after a rain. Applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. It is a long lasting, effective powder. The insects can not build up resistance. DE can be sprayed or whitewashed by mixing 1 cup DE with 1/2 Gallon of water. Stir frequently and spray/paint trees, yards, and fences. Diatomaceous Earth will not harm earthworms or beneficial soil microorganisms. Wear a dust mask when applying large amounts of it.

 

Stored Grain:

Just add 7-10 lbs. of Diatomaceous Earth to each ton of grain as it is conveyed into the storage. When added to grain, it not only makes it flow better, Diatomaceous Earth kills the bugs that are present and protects the grain from further invasions. Bugs can not become immune because they are killed by physical action, not chemical.

 

Herron Farms Dawsonville Ga.30534

 

New Price List

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 24, 2010 at 9:52 AM Comments comments (0)

Herron Farms

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

Vermicompost

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,

size does matter

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I changed the count, on the 1/2 pound size for now and will get around to the others soon, because someone had more time than me, and wrote me back and said there was only 207 in there, all I can say is, they must have been larger than the avg. red worm. I always put in over count worms. so perhaps I have Africans and don't even realize it.

avg worm count has been around for a long time, and it is 500 per 1/2 pound and 1000 per pound, but the count was also meant for "bed run worms" taking count of "thread baby's and eggs" when I send out all mature red worms you get the worms weight plus some, with no dirt added, then we add some new peat coir mix and bag them. It is not worth my reputation to rip someone off for 200 worms or so, I would rather give them to them.

I don't advertise that they are guaranteed, but I have never left a customer unhappy, I feel like to put that live guarantee in would motivate people to call and say the worms weren't alive and heck, I would not make a dime for shipping alone.

Remember, we now sell Cups of Worms

Posted by Tim Herron Farms on August 17, 2010 at 6:49 PM Comments comments (0)

We now sell cups of red worms for people that fish.


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