Herron Farms Dawsonville 706-531-4789

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Organic Farming, Hydroponics, Earthworms/Red Worms
Africans
Self Sufficiency, self sustainment, homesteading, Square foot gardening, vermiculite, vermiculture and vermicomposting.

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Easter

Posted by Herron Farms on April 13, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We are slowing down to walk in, please call ahaed.....Thanks

Tim Herron

Posted by Herron Farms on March 27, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Free pass's for Gibbs Gardens http://www.gibbsgardens.com/

Posted by Herron Farms on December 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

http://www.gibbsgardens.com/

Membership Gift Certificate $50

BUYER receives 2 FREE PASSES $40 Value

http://www.gibbsgardens.com/

to cold to ship africans

Posted by Herron Farms on December 9, 2015 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It has become to cold to ship afrcans, walk ins still okay, just like all ways, please call first.

Gold Rush Days Oct 17-18

Posted by Herron Farms on October 15, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Gold Rush Days Oct 17-18

Christmas in the Smokies Premiere Week in Dahlonega!

Posted by Herron Farms on October 15, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Christmas in the Smokies Premiere Week in Dahlonega!


Oct 13-18

Finaly able to log back on to the site

Posted by Herron Farms on June 23, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been sine Jan.24 that I have not been able to log on,  change prices or availability, I am working on the site now. wow, cant beleave it.

Do you need purebred rabbits to show in 4-H?

Posted by Herron Farms on January 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you need purebred rabbits to show in 4-H?

The answer to this question is yes and no. It depends on what type of classes you want to enter, as well as the regulations for your area. 4-H is managed on county-wide and state-wide levels, and each region has its own way of doing things. In general, breed competitions are usually judged by the ARBA Standard of Perfection, so to compete in these classes, you need to have a purebred rabbit recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. However, some fairs may have a mixed breed class in addition to the purebred classes. Also, you may be able to use mixed or crossbreed rabbits in meat pen (market pen) or showmanship competitions. Check with your local club leader or extension office to learn the regulations for your region. Remember though, that whether or not your area will allow mixed breed rabbits, you will probably have better success by buying purebreds.

Looking for part time work

Posted by Herron Farms on January 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I am looking for some part time work, to help thru the winter months, can do full time if needed, but not into begging for an interview......

cyber monday, black friday, Christmas, New Year

Posted by Herron Farms on November 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I have not been able to post on my Blogs for a while, was very iritating.....My best wishs for all, over the Holiday season.

2015 looks to be as interesting as the last few years, Not just here, but all over. We are sloweng down on worm shipments, havent done this ever before, But, the last few winters have been extreamly cold, this one has already broke records.

Safe pest control

Posted by Herron Farms on June 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

very interesting, this is DE, and all I use.


here is what I and others used to use, sevin dust or spray, wow

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbaryl

Earthworms act as a natural filter, filtering out any impurities, chemicals, etc. leaving their castings 100% organic.

Posted by Herron Farms on May 6, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Benefits of Worm Castings

To see and purchase our Worm Castings Click here

Worm castings (a.k.a. worm manure, vermicompost, or worm excreta) are rich in plant nutrients, trace minerals and growth enhancers, and incorporating castings into the soil significantly increases microbial life in the root zone. Worm castings are extremely beneficial in that they stimulate plant growth more than any other natural product, enhance the ability of your soil to retain water, and also inhibit root diseases such as root rot. The humus in worm castings removes toxins and harmful fungi and bacteria from the soil. Worm Castings therefore have the ability to fight off plant diseases.

One of the best features of worm castings is you can use as much as you want without the fear of burning tender young plants as other fertilizers are known to do. Unlike other animal manure and artificial fertilizers it is absorbed very easily and almost instantaneously by plants. The amazing thing is, that while the nutrients are easily available they are at the same time naturally endowed with a slow release feature, causing the nutrient benefits to last up to 2 months! This benefit is put in place during the digestion process of the earthworm. As the organic matter passes through the alimentary canal of the worm, a thin layer of oil coats the material, later eroding over a period of 2 months. The best of both worlds, immediate and long-lasting benefits! Ordinary composts do not have this benefit, they are placed in the garden to enrich the soil and plants, the available nutrients are quickly leached into the soil as soon as rainfall occurs or irrigation systems are turned on. Vermicompost provides a time-released benefit, slowly nurturing the plants over a greater length of time!

Another natural benefit of worm castings is the ability to fix heavy metals in organic waste, which prevents plants from absorbing more of these chemical compounds than they need. The compounds can then be released later when the plants need them. A natural protection for plants set in place by the Creator!

You need only use a small amount in or around your house plants, vegetables and flowers, as the humic acid in worm castings are able to stimulate plant growth, even in low concentrations. Humic acid also stimulates the development of micro flora populations in the soil. The miracles of the earthworm are easily seen in the beautiful growth and yields of your plants. Extremely dark and rich in texture, tests on worm castings have shown the nitrogen content to be 5 times greater than ordinary topsoil, the phosphate 7 times greater, potash 11 times, and magnesium 3 times. Castings will not burn even when applied directly to the most delicate plants. Definitely the finest soil conditioner available. Great for use in your entire garden! Completely odor-free and 100% organic! Use for indoor plants, and container gardening, as well.

All these benefits and more:

  • Worm Castings improve the structure of soil.


  • Worm Castings increase drought resistance.


  • Worm Castings can reduce irrigation cost up to 50% by retaining moisture in the soil.


  • Earthworm Castings may be applied to phosphate sensitive plants.


  • Worm Manure promotes beneficial microbial activity that result in healthier plants.


  • Worm castings help reduce algae in greenhouses, ponds & lagoons.


  • Earthworm Castings cause no ground water contamination.


  • Worm Castings reduce the carbon in the soil and increase the nitrogen levels in a state that plants can more readily & easily use.


  • Worm Castings are completely safe to use around children and pets.


  • Worm Castings have no harmful chemicals.


  • Earthworm Castings are 100% non-toxic.


  • Worm Castings will never burn your plants, no matter how fresh they are, unlike other animal manures.


  • Worm Manure helps draw out toxins, harmful bacteria and fungi from the soil.


  • Worm Castings help prevent extreme pH levels.


  • Nutrients found in Worm Castings last up to 6 times longer than the nutrients found in ordinary potting soil.


  • Earthworms act as a natural filter, filtering out any impurities, chemicals, etc. leaving their castings 100% organic.


  • Worm Castings are a perfect organic and natural fertilizer with naturally balanced, high levels of minerals and nutrients for your garden.

from

http://www.stclareseeds.com/worm-castings/benefits-worm-castings.html


Does the "manure" from earthworms have to meet the same criteria as other manures?

Posted by Herron Farms on May 6, 2014 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

. Does the "manure" from earthworms have to meet the same criteria as other
manures?


No. According to the NOSB Compost Task Force, earthworm castings are “finely divided organic material produced non-thermophilically due to interactions between aerobic microorganisms and earthworms, as organic material passes through the earthworm gut.” It makes no sense that earthworm castings would have to meet the same requirements as manure. Otherwise, it would be a violation of the regulation to have earthworms defecating in your soil less than 120 days prior to harvest of a crop for human consumption if the crop contacts the soil.

The manure requirements at §205.203.c.1 do not apply to earthworm castings, as the language specifically says “animal and plant materials include: 1) Raw animal manure, which must be composted.” The NOP definition of manure describes “excreta from livestock”, which does not apply to invertebrates such as earthworms that are either native or used in soil building processes, and not raised “for food or in the production of food.”


from

http://newfarm.org/certification/050103/answers_print.shtml

Earthworm castings

Posted by Herron Farms on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Worm castings 

Worm castings add vital nutrients to your soil like:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sulfur

Being naturally organic, you can grow in confidence that your “green” integrity is intact and that you are providing the best quality product for your clients.

According to some sources, by adding worm castings to your soil you will increase plant growth by up to 20% and can see a 150% increase in root mass! Try adding 1 part of worm castings to 9 parts of soil and see how your plants respond. You may need to change your ratio, but 9:1 is a good start.

Consider using worm castings as a fertilizer as well. By steeping it in warm water for several days, you can make compost tea (worm tea).  The resulting liquid fertilizer will give your plants a much-needed boost and help them get through those troubling seasons.