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Earthworm tea

Posted by Herron Farms on October 16, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This will be about the last week of the season to apply #earthworm tea, as it will be to cold.

Herron Farms Magic Dirt #herronfarmsmagicdirt and

Herron Farms Magic Tea #herronfarmsmagictea are a propitiatory blend,

However

To make a good fast batch for yourself just get some pure worm castings, un-chlorinated water, some real honey-not the Chinese stuff, kelp, bat she-ite,

mix with a paint mixer on a drill, in a 5 gal. bucket,

4 gal. water

2 cups of pure worm she-ite,

2 TBL of Kelp

2 TBL honey

2 TBL of bat she-ite

mix for about 5 mins, use it all within 4-5 hours, can dilute 10-1, so this will make 40 Gal.

filter to spray, or just use as a side dressing,

Looking for part time work

Posted by Herron Farms on January 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Tim is an Eagle Scout of 1975 with all 3 Palms, and completed his Wood Badge SE140 in 1997, Due to time and health he is not a registered leader right now, but is always willing to help with Scout projects, in any way that he can.

 

Tim tries to live according to the Scout Law and Oath, he feels this covers everything in life, sometimes it is difficult to accomplish, but he does the best he can.

 

July 2012.....................................................................................................................................

 

After several years of hard work, my whole out look on Earthworms has changed, I have raised Rabbits and worms since the 70s, off and on, It has helped pay the bills at times.

 

But, I am now , more interested in helping people go organic, than making a dollar. Dont take that to far out of context, I still need to provide. But, this is not all about money like it is for most of the site's I have seen. There is so much twisted information out there, it isent funny. I wont lie to you, to make a sale. I sell things for connivance, but encourage and help people to make their own.

Call us for more info 706-531-4789 Dawsonville Ga. 30534

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


Its gona be cold

Posted by Herron Farms on October 8, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This has got to be the strangest year of all the 30 or so I have lived in Ga.

First we have a dry spring, and Hot, so hot in fact, we had most of the raised beds planted before April, Then if rains for what seems like weeks,

Then, suddenly, it is soooooo hot, how hot you ask.

It was so hot, I had to buy a window unit for my worms, the hot tub was to hot to get into, it was like the dog days of summer in April/May,June,

By the time July and Aug. got here, it was cooling down, suddenly in Aug. we are going into fall and at the end of Sept. are finding those cool fall, almost winter mornings.

I have never seen it this cold, this early.

I remember in years past, you could almost sun bath in Nov. and at Christmas, you couldent decide if you wanted, snow shoe's or a surf board.

It is strang to be going outside to chop wood, in Sept/Oct

Comparing Synthetic vs. Organic Fertilizers

Posted by Herron Farms on July 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Comparing Synthetic vs. Organic Fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers are materials derived from plant and animal parts or residues. Examples are Blood Meal, Compost, Bat Guano, Manure, Seaweed, and Worm Castings.

 

Synthetic Fertilizers are “Man made” inorganic compounds - usually derived from by-products of the petroleum industry. Examples are Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Phosphate, Superphosphate, and Potassium Sulfate.

 

Plants require 13 nutrients. There are three primary macronutrients; nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). These nutrients are used in significant amounts by growing plants, so they must be replaced periodically to sustain productivity.

The secondary nutrients are; calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and sulfur (S). There are usually enough of these nutrients in the soil, so additional fertilization is not always needed. The micronutrients used in small quantities are; boron (B), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), chloride (Cl), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) and zinc (Zn).

 

Plants cannot distinguish between an organic or synthetic fertilizer – the nutrients are processed in exactly the same way. However, the similarity stops there.

 

Chemical fertilizers add nutrients to the soil, but they don’t add anything else. Plants needs more than just nutrients to survive. They also need organic matter and living organisms.

 

Synthetic fertilizers do not support microbiological life in the soil. The application of a synthetic fertilizer actually kills a significant percentage of beneficial microorganisms. These tiny creatures are responsible for breaking down organic matter into a stable amendment for improving soil quality and fertility. Some convert nitrogen from the air into a plant useable form.

 

Compost and organic material introduce beneficial microorganisms into the soil’s complex mix. Microorganisms commonly found in soil and compost convert organic nitrogen into inorganic nitrogen, a process called mineralization. Plants may then take up the nutrients released by this process. Composts contain an astonishing variety of microbes, many of which may be beneficial in controlling pathogens.

 

Organic matter improves soil structure, resulting in a crumb-like structure that improves water retention, air infiltration and enhances soil fertility. Microorganisms can also break down contaminants in the soil and water to components that pose less of an environmental hazard.

Organic amendments(which include more than nutrients) can be highly variable in composition. They are also a dilute source of nutrients compared to inorganic fertilizers, so the nutritive shock to the growing system isn't as noticeable. Because of this diluted feature, organic materials might be more expensive than petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers and might be difficult to justify economically for large-scale production.

And if you don't like to get your hands dirty, you might shy away from the earthy qualities of organic soil amendments that mimic nature's own highly variable results based on microbiological activity and soil temperature.

 

Synthetic fertilizers usually do not contain micronutrients and they do not support microbiological life in the soil. Because of their high concentration, they can easily be over-applied and can "burn" plant roots, or create toxic level of salts. When synthetic fertilizers release nutrients too quickly, they can create a great deal of top growth before the roots are able to balance the growth underground. This top-heavy growth often leads to weaker and disease prone plants, with less fruiting.

 

And because synthetic fertilizers dissolve easily and release nutrients faster than plants use them, they can leach into water tables, streams and lakes, causing water quality problems when not carefully controlled in the field.

 

In conclusion, Dirt becomes healthy soil only when you have these other components: Organic matter, Living Organisms, Moisture, and Nutrients for plants and microorganisms. To grow healthy plants, you need healthy soil!

Amazon.con

Posted by Herron Farms on May 22, 2012 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday and again today, the news brought up Amazon again and again, telling people that they have been hit with malwear also know as spyware and other things.

Just another reason I dont like using them, I notice that they only let the people that they want on there. I still say, any time a place offers something at 1/2 the going price or less, plus free shipping, there is something fishy with it. 

I have to LOL about this one

Posted by Herron Farms on May 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am one of the easyest people in the world to get along with, My hidden goal in life is to make other people happy. I just love it. So when I cant make them happy, there is something wrong.


Had a lady, come by today, I am still scraching my head on this one. She wanted a pound of red wigglers, she was under the impresion that the red wiggler was what she had been buying for fish bait. as some place's still have the old cups that say that, most have now gone to the "trout worms" cups, because most realize now, that the "red wiggler" fetida is a manure worm and does not get as fat as the european night crawlers, 

but that wasent the wierd part, as I was tring to get a pound of red wigglers for her, you could see the dissapoint ment in her face, I think she "meant" european nightcrawlers, but like most dident realize there was/is a huge difference. 

So, I go to my bins, in my worm shed, I pick out a 1/2 pound or so, of my plumpest looking euros to go with the other 3/4 pound of reds. "remember-euros are almost dbl in price" but I dident say any thing, just wanted her to be happy. I was going to take at least a 10.00 hit, but thats okay, as long as she smiled when she left, and I knew she would when she saw these babys..............

as I showed her the worms, she dident say anything, then as she is walking off said there is more dirt than worms, Even though I showed her all the capsuals in the dirt, and the wad of worms was about normal, it weighed 1.24 dirt and worms, still prety close for being in a rush. point is,


all she had to do was say, hmmmmm how about a few more worms and less dirt?

It realy blew my mind, I began to wonder about peta, as she went to my rabbits as I was getting her worms. Very odd, if you came after worms, why wouldent you work with the person. That is why I dont sell fish bait, I sell bulk composting worms.

30 european/trout worms in a cup for 3.75-5.00 is 10 box's at 37.00 and 300 worms I sell the euro's for 38.00 per 450 avg, that is called bulk.

I dont get many calls for Red worms/red wigglers anymore, as most people have done their resurch and realize the difference.




Earthday is Sunday

Posted by Herron Farms on April 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dont forget, Earthday is Sunday:)

Heat packs have arrived

Posted by Herron Farms on March 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (1)

My Heat packs have arrived, and I have thuroly tested them.

One heat pack, in a 6x7x5 shipping box, with one pound of African Nightcrawlers and a remote themoniter.

I taped the box up, and put outside, in 34-32 deg overnight temps, with the wind blowing steady at 17mph and gusting at 20mph..........................I did that at 9pm Sun Night.

This morning the temp. was still 64 deg, at 6 am 

it is now 10:30 and I just saw it drop to 63 in the box. The wind is still blowing and they are in a shady spot on the deck (about 40 deg)

So, I am now ready to resume shipping to the States up North again...............Thank you all for your kind words of encouragment. 

Eudrilus Eugeniae-The African

Posted by Herron Farms on January 8, 2012 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

as a kid, In the 70s. I raised redworms-under my rabbits. I had read about these "hybread, or African" red worms, and was led to beleave, they were hard to raise, would wander off, and they couldent survive the cold.

After many years of tring to get my redworms, to a larger size. I tried the african or so called hybread redworm. to find to my dissbeleaf, all I had read was not rue at all, and likely put into print and now the internet by Redworm farmers that did not want to loose there sales.

I now have so many Africans, my only concern, is how to keep them all fed. They are to me the easyest worm to raise, yes they "prefer" a warm temp. but produce and feed at the same temp as the common red worm.

When it gets real cold out side "all of your worms may die-----Redworms, Europeans, and Africans...

no worms do well at 20 or 30, or even 40 degrees, so what is the big deal?

Africans, out preform any other worm, in North America. and that is a fact-by someone that raise's Africans, Redworms and Europeans.

http://www.herronfarms.webs.com

Tim Herron

Dawsonville Ga.

I just dont get it.

Posted by Herron Farms on June 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I Just Don't Get it sometimes:

 

Why are we burying our kids, friends kids, our friends and our family that are serving in place's that dont want us there? LIKE

Afghanistan

Iraq

libya

Somalia

and many others:

Why are we sitting on the largest deposit of oil in the world, but our gas price's keep going up?

 

Why did I own a car 20 years ago that got 34 miles per gal. but they are barely getting that now, when the computer age has become more than a 1000 times faster and efficient?

 

Why am I paying so much for school tax, when I have no kids?

 

Why do you get an answering machine for every government office that you call, when they are the largest employer in the world?

 

Why are the hardest workers,the lowest paid?

 

Why do I pay huge amounts for dental, car, personal, house, and medical insurance but scared to death to use it?

Why are we spending trillions of dollars on a space station?

Why haven't we gone back to the moon?

The Federal gov. the largest employer in the world, try reporting illegal immigrants to someone, or drug dealers next door, or fake job scams, housing scams, rental rip offs, crooked cops, crooked docs, thieves and the list is endless, but yet, police have the time to sit and watch to see if you are buckled up, have a cracked windshield or bald tires.

Just wondering!

 

Starting a worm farm

Posted by Herron Farms on May 27, 2011 at 7:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I had a European redworm alert in my email, it was a Ehow article on starting a worm farm, with 1000 worms. Here is a copy of my reply.

For starters, The Manure worm is not an ideal fishing bait, it is anything but fishing bait. The manure worm puts off a yellow mustard type slime when aggravated(hooked) this is a self protection mechanism to fend off other creatures, including fish. The manure worm and European redworm/nightcrawler are similar exept for this primary difference. and The Europeans get much larger.

As far as starting a worm farm with a 1000 worms, I had to go get more coffee as I was laughing so hard, perhaps a hobby farm like an ant farm. Let me break that down, you send for a pound of worms, you will likely get about 600 and less if they are big. (that is reality)1000 worms per pound was a bed run standard used when I was a kid, it meant 1000 worms(cocoons were counted as 15-20 worms each)any pound of dirt in a good manure worm bed will have at least 20-50 cocoons in it, plus a few hundred small skinny worms, throw in a few large worms for good measure and you have a pound of worms in some peoples mind.

Then when you get these worms, providing some made it in shipping, they will be dehydrated and you will likely kill the survivors by not babying them. okay, now we are down to how many. So lets say you still have a few left, you have now invested 10.00 on Rubbermaid, 10.00 or more for peat moss, about 30.00 for worms not to mention about 2 weeks worth of spare time. and all you have is a bit of dirt and possibly some dead worm capsules, you put your scraps in the rubber maid, and the next day nothing happens, exept for you now have more fruit flies than worms. In desperation and not wanting to fail, you sneak to the fish bait store and get a 30-50 pack of redworms, when you open the cup, you realize there may be more there, than in the pound you received. This is the time most stop raising worms for a living, and hang up the shingle." I used to raise earthworms"but found the money just wasn't there.

This is where the other 1/4 of the people are determined to succeed. so they do all the research they can. I can always tell these people when they call, they know more about the scientific aspect of worms than I do.and they always want to come "see" my worm farm, and they generally do. but when they get a pound of worms from me, they have a much better result for some reason. now they have invested a month or more of their spare time and about 100.00 or more. and the kicker is, by this time, it has got so hot it may kill them all, or many other things like bugs, drying out etc will happen. and their 90 day breeding period has shrunk because the fall is right around the corner and they will slow the breeding process down. winter is a whole other book. by spring time, the few worm farmers that are left, realize that they will be better of just buying a cup of worms to go fishing.

Home Depot Dawsonville

Posted by Herron Farms on May 23, 2011 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

I dislike Home Depot as a store, very seldom does it have the things I need, a few examples. Long gloves for working my bee's, Kelp meal-for making my worm tea, Vermicompost by the bag-for my garden, Bat house's, Lemon Grass for my yard, fish emulsion for my worm tea, cage wire for my rabbit cages 2x1 , 1/2 x 1, extra battery for my dewalt xrp 18 volt cordless drill, cheap hose bib connector for my hobby barrels-water barrels, decent 1x10 or 1x12 white pine for making bee hives or other precise projects, parts for any of my mowers or other yard equipment-some I bought there, the list is endless. the worst part is, some of the people they have working there don't know how to listen, they only 1/2 listen and assume they have what you need, I have only met 2 people since this store has opened that have a clue, Steve a kid in Bld mat, now in hardware, and lately Dave, working in the outside garden area. Both are the reason I shop at Home depot at all, I can get much better products-much cheaper on line. So be sure to thank Dave and Steve when you see them, they will listen rather than assume they know what you are asking for. Tim Herron, Herron Farms Dawsonville http://www.herronfarms.webs.com

 

shipping worms

Posted by Herron Farms on May 2, 2011 at 5:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning,

Last week I had to order some worms myself, I am trying to get a few bins started of European Nightcrawlers, I have found this worm to be The best Fishing worm of the 3 basic worms raised and sold in the USA, There are others yes but 3 BASIC.

The funny part is, I got a taste of my own medicine sort of speak. Trying to find a REAL worm farmer has become a challenge, and a REAL European worm farmer is even harder, then you have price, shipping, well, you know what I am talking about. Price's vary a lot, I mean a lot.............The guy/gal that raises worms in a worm bin in his loft, even though he has"lot and lots" of worms is not what I need, and they are all over eBay and amazon. To raise a 1000 is one thing, but to raise and sell 10-20,000 a week is another. That takes space. I am finding about 80 percent of the Worm Farms on the net are nothing more than people drop shipping and trying to make a dollar. problem is, no one knows what the other person is doing or sending. and to be honest most don't really care.......

I DO, I mean that, I want your experience with me to be positive, period. Yes, I have a few that try to get over on me, but the rest by far make up for it..................................

When you buy a pound of any type worm from me, I start with a 5x5 Tupperware square bowl about 4 inch's high, I use that to weigh the worms on the scales, it weighs .07 oz but the scales are zeroed out on this weight so that it is zero. Then I painfully add worms till it is about full and weighs 1.10 to 1.25 or one pound and 10-25 oz the cup is basically full, not over the top full but to the top full. No matter what type of worms I put in to weigh, the amount in the cup/bowl is always about the same.

I put 1/2 pound to one pound of pure peat just moist, in a bag and then add the worms, If I let them sit in the cup for 5-10 Min's, the full cup becomes a 1/2 cup as they get tighter together by them selves, so the point to all this!!!!!!

When you get a pound of worms, you should get a baseball size wad of worms, when they have had a chance to stretch out and rehydrate in your bin, it will look like much more, and like any thing try to get them back into that same Tupperware container that I used. And in about 2-3 months you should be able to fill the same contained and still have your original pound, I wont lie, you wont be able to start your own worm business with this amount. But if you are patient and do everything right, they will multiply and next year in the spring you will have a few pounds to part with and regain your cost.

Even though worms are a simple creacher, you must check on them constantly, to dry, to wet, to many, not enough, light, to much light food and the list is endless. I have about 20 bins and more in 50 gal barrels and then more under my rabbits, still I find myself having to buy some occasionally in order to not dig in to my back up breeders.

having to find a new source for Europeans was very disheartening to say the least, so I feel for you. You are always welcome to come watch me pull your worms for you, Think you will be surprised, at the amount that goes into that bag you get. 

Europeans

Posted by Herron Farms on April 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (0)

I have decided, that contrary to what I have read, African and Europeans are by far superior composters and fish bait.

they have been better breeders, my garden has done better this year than any other, and wow do they breed.