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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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March 30, 2011 - 4:52 am

Has anyone made worm tea using an aquarium pump in a 5 gallon bucket?  I am going to go to Walmart and buy a pump. I have no clue what I am looking for. They say in videos on YouTube to get two tubes and two air stones.  The use of this worm tea after brewing two days and then immediately spraying the entire plant and watering the base of the plant is OUTSTANDING. Last year I watered the plants with worm tea and they loved it. But after researching worm tea, it is said that brewing (airating) the liquid makes a much better tea. Micro organiziams that are made during the brew method, are much more benificial. Here goes another experiment.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 26, 2011 - 3:56 am

I am brewing WORM TEA as a type.Laugh I used 2 cups worm poop, 2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses in a 5 gallon bucket filled with water. I put the worm poop in a nylon stocking. I tied it to a stick, which is wider than the bucket. Laid the stick across the bucket so the worm poop stocking dangles (fully emerged) in the bucket enabling the water to flow through the worm poop stocking. I got a hint from someone on YouTube to put several nuts on the end of the bubblers so they act as an anchor, keeping the bubblers at the bottom of the bucket. Brew for 24-36 hours. You must use this worm tea within an hour or two after brewing. This same method is used in making COMPOST TEA.  Now the reason to make TEAS is not only does it act as a BETTER fertilizer (because of all the MICRO ORGANIZUMS) but you get much more coverage without using so much compost/worm poop. And if you are buying worm poop it can get expensive to cover a large area/garden. I'll keep you posted on how well this works. Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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April 27, 2011 - 4:42 am

Used all the worm tea yesterday in the VEGGIE GREENHOUSE and the ROLLING SHELF GREENHOUSE. I need more worm tea for the little greenhouse in my working area, which right now houses the potted up plants for my first market. I started up another brew. I noticed that my tea does not have all the foam on top like others have on YouTube. I did more research and found out the tea needs heat between 70 & 80 degrees to create the micro organizms. Well that isn't happening here in Wisconsin. Not even if I had it in the house…my house is 65. So off to Walmart to get an aquarium heater…$15.00. Not that the tea I made is bad, it just doesn't have all the micro organizms that I want. If I'm going to do worm tea, I want it to be right! It's not like I'm going to be using ALOT of electricity all the time, just when I brew or until the weather here in Wisconsin heats up. After I get the small greenhouse watered with the current brew, I will start a new brew with the heater and use that on my houseplants. Keep your fingers crossed that it is perfect next time. When I get it right, I will make a video of the process. Then others can do it right the first time and learn from my mistakes.  I have always said that I learn from the 'TRIAL & ERROR' method. Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 14, 2011 - 3:37 pm

WORM TEA is on the agenda tomorrow.  I find brewing it for 24 – 36 hours is fine. I am no longer using an aquarium heater.  I have had 2 heaters from Walmart and they both stopped heating.  Is there something else I could use to heat the water to  about 75-80 degrees? Something in the farming supplies?  This worm tea seems to have really made the plants look good. And its CHEAP! You have to try worm farming.Wink If I made a video and showed you a simple version of worm farming, would that help motivate you?

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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GardenLiv
Hodges, SC - Zone 7B
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May 16, 2011 - 4:33 pm

I would love to learn to make a worm farm!  Just waiting on the video.

Hodges, SC zone 7b

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DeniseH
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May 16, 2011 - 6:53 pm

Lark, I would be interested in worm farming also. If it helps my plants and is cheap I'm all for it. ThanksSmile

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Lark
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May 21, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Today I took my brewed worm tea and strained it through a pantyhose. Then I poured it into my tank sprayer.  I sprayed all the foliage in my gardens, plus the diablo ninebark bushes. We will see how much they like it.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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July 1, 2011 - 7:57 pm

Brewed WORM TEA yesterday and 24 hours later I am using it to water my veggies.  You can't believe the strong stems on my tomato and cucumbers. The leaves are lush and dark green and alot of tomatoes on the bush. It will be very interesting to see if my tomatoes get the blight.  Gardening is one BIG experiment. But I haven't seen too many bees. I planted Borage to attract them. Last year I had alot of bees. Maybe they will like this hot weather and start showing their faces to me.Smile I started another batch of WORM TEA for tomorrow. My house plants will get a WORM TEA treat.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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July 16, 2011 - 5:28 am

I have used worm tea for the first time this year and it is simply AMAZING. I started using the tea 2 weeks after I planted the garden Memorial Day. The tomato plants were about 6-8 inches tall and not really doing much as far as growth and after the first application things have exploded. Four weeks later my tomato plants are 5-6 feet tall with stems as thick as 2 of my thumbs together. The growth is crazy and the leaves are bigger then my hand....I have never seen this before. The vegetation is a thick deep green and almost leather like and no bug or disease problems. I am training the tomatoes up a 5 foot tall cattle fence bought at Fleet Farm and have to find a way to extend the height. I do pinch suckers and and try to keep the bottom foot of the plants free of growth for ventillation. I also thin the growth of maybe 20% of the the useless non-friut bearing branches. I have 4-6 clusters of 6-8 tomatoes on each plant but no red fruit yet as I just started this 8 X 16 bed this year late to teach my grand-kids. Using worm tea....I have actually out grow'n the bed - need more room. I do have a concern though...maybe a question for Lark. I have used the tea on my cucumber bed and it is doing great...big and lots of flowers. But nothing is getting pollunated. NO BEES!! Is it our location or is it the worm tea that has a built in pestiside that prevents them from pollunating??? I will try to get some pics for you. Happy Gardening!!!

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Brenda
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July 16, 2011 - 6:19 am

I have the holes in my plastic tote, a weeks full of scraps/coffee grounds (boy I never realized how much I throw out in a week), and hubby is getting me some worms today to start mine...hoping you post how to make the tea in the next couple of weeksSmile..I'm really excited about this!!

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