Worms

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Worms

 

We’re off to see the kids do their cross country today. It’s an absolute stunner today, loads of sunshine and blue sky with a few fluffy white clouds thrown in for good measure.

I thought I’d share just one photo with you today before we head off… my extra special worm farm. These are babies I couldn’t do without in my garden. If you can’t afford to buy a ready made one, try and make one yourself. They are invaluable for a ready source of yummy stuff for your garden.

I found this on the ‘net a while ago that showed worm compost can cut down on damage by sucking and chewing insects like aphids, mealy bugs and caterpillars. Whether it’s completely true or not its still worth a try and the castings/wees will benefit your garden in other ways anyway.


http://gardening.about.com/od/gardenproblems/qt/WormCompost.htm

Battle Bugs With Worm Compost

Greenhouse trials were conducted at Ohio State University to determine the effects of vermicompost (worm compost) on some common insect pests of vegetables. In the trials, 40 percent, 20 percent, or zero vermicompost (derived from food waste) was added to a commercial potting soil in which tomato, pepper, and cabbage seedlings were grown. The seedlings were then exposed to pests: Adult aphids (Myzus persicae) or mealy bugs (Pseudococcus species) were added to the tomato and pepper cages, while cabbage caterpillars (Pieris brassicae) were added to the cabbage cages.

The average number of aphids and mealy bugs on pepper seedlings decreased significantly due to additions of vermicompost (regardless of percentage). The average number of mealy bugs on tomato seedlings also decreased significantly with additions of vermicompost. Average cabbage plant loss (based on leaf area) due to caterpillars was significantly reduced with additions of vermicompost. The OSU researchers concluded that vermicompost results in major suppression of sucking and chewing insects. Though not sure why vermicompost helped suppress pest populations, they speculated that it might contain essential nutrients not present in the potting soil that could make the seedlings more stress resistant, less attractive to the pests, or perhaps both.

 

Happy gardening everybody!

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