Monday, February 18, 2019

Moringa and Comfrey for Healthy Garden Plants and Huge Red Worms

You can raise fresh garden veggies  anywhere including tubs on your patio. 

Its almost time to begin gardening. One of the best things you can do for wonderful garden produce is too add worm and worm castings to your garden soil or to containers of garden veggies.  Many of us keep a tub or two of garden worms in our garage or basement during the winter.  You need to feed the worms to get them fat and happy.  

Why raise red worms and use the worm castings?

If you are not raising a bed of red worms, you should.  The worm castings from the bed is great for the garden and all your plants.  Raising a few worms, gets rid of of leftover lettuce, tomatoes, or other greens in a organic way which benefits you and your garden.  If you live in an area with poor soil, red worm castings will enrich your soil for better veggies.  

Earthworm castings or worm poo are rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium which are important minerals needed for superior plant growth and vegetable yield. Earthworm castings help the plants to mend calcium, iron, and sulfur to soil particles—minerals that also help plants thrive 

So what do you feed red worms ?

Cornmeal- One of the foods that fatten worms up. Make sure you don't add too much to the bed and moisten it first. 

Coffee Grinds left over from your morning coffee is one food they love.  Just make sure you feed them and let them break it down some before you add more.  

Veggie Scraps are food they love too.  No meat or protein scraps.  

Goat Manure:
If you don't raise goats, then get some from a neighbor. It is full of nutrients to improve garden soil.

Goat manure is great for gardens and garden worms!

Rabbit Manure. We have several rabbits and the addition of that manure goes a long way to raising healthy worms and as a healthy addition to your garden soils. Rabbit manure and goat manure does not burn like cow and horse. You don't have to let it age before using it.  Even one rabbit will add a lot of manure over the winter for your garden. 
Our Rabbits when they were first born. We raise them for the manure to improve the garden.

Fresh Moringa Oleifera leaves are not just great food for people and animals including goats, rabbits, and other livestock) but is wonderful food for both red worms and to accelerate growth for your garden plants. The Moringa leaves are shredded and added to water, aerated,  then used as a green manure tea that helps plants grow healthier and for your red worms as well.

Red Worms love Moringa Leaves! 

Long ago, when we lived in Ca, I noticed that my red worms flourished in the containers with the Moringa trees.  I put the worms in the 33 gal containers containing the Moringa trees when we kept them in the house in Nevada as well.  It was too cold outdoors for the worms.   I added red worms to all my Moringa containers to help keep the trees healthy.

Comfrey Leaves:


Chop up your Comfrey leaves into small pieces and layer them into the surface of your worm bed or around garden plants. Comfrey leaves are a great food for healthy red worms. It is excellent compost for plants. I always find lots of fat worms in the planted rows of Comfrey and I have 5 long rows. Even that is not enough for the 14 ducks and 2 chickens I have. They will eat it to the ground if allowed to get into the comfrey garden.

So that is all for today.  Blessings for you all.  Kate Freer

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