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Worm Away Newsletter

”Earthworms underwrite almost all life on earth.” Tim Radford

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Thank God it's Spring (well almost) Issue

Vol. 8, Issue 1

 

 


Cathy reaching for the Sun.

 

 

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Guess what's just around the corner.

 

 

 

How do you make a glow worm happy?

Cut off his tail, he'll be de-lighted!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something new in Networking

Green Connections
A business group with a Green attitude.

Green Connections is now incorporated as a Non-for-profit organization.

Next meetings:

  • Mar. 23, 2016 (8:45 am)
    Location: East Gwillimbury Sport Complex
    1914B Mount Albert Road, Sharon ON
    Speaker: Bryan Gardham, Backyard Groceries
  • Apr. 27, 2016 (8:45 am)
    Location: TBA
    Speaker: Lorrie Mackness - Garden Lore

Guests always welcome.

www.green-connections.com

Green Connections Film Festival

Mark April 11th on your calendar for the next instalment of the Green Connections Film Festival. Doors open at 7:00 pm, film starts at 7:30.

Our Next presentation:
Open Sesame

Open Sesame: One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving documentary illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink ... but given far less attention.

Join us for this special presentation.

 

 

 

Random Pictures

Cathy meets up with TV host Denis Flanagan.

Visit our Photo/Video Galleries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are glow worms good to carry in your bag?

They can lighten your load!

 

 

 

Featured Videos
of the month:

Worms At Work

20 Days Time Lapse Of Vermicomposting

Day 1
Day 18

Click here to see video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sprouting Beans

Looking for a little variety in your sprouting beans?

Crimson, French, Small & Large lentils. Fenugreek, Chickpea, Speckled Pea and of course the main stay, Mung beans are all now available to spice up your taste buds.

Come to Cathyssprouters.com to find out more.

 

 

 

Save your money!

Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping?
Why not attend one of our upcoming events and pick up your worms at the same time. Come and see the worms up close and personal.

We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can what you want.

To see when we will be coming to an event near you please visit our events page.

 

 

 

Jimi Hendrix - An innovative guitarist whose solos often feature creative use of feedback
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So what do you think about the Worm Away Newsletter?

Have we wormed our way into your heart?


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We are looking for input for upcoming newsletters. Send us your comments, suggestions, stories and pictures. Please let us know of any wormy topics you would like to see covered here.

 

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Hi Cathy!

Just wanted to thank you for your presentation at tonight's Etobicoke Master Gardeners' meeting. Worm composting has interested me ever since I first heard about it, but I've never met somebody who was actually doing it. You convinced me that it's something I could do quite easily - and that it's something everyone should consider.

Your passion and enthusiasm for what you do is incredibly infectious; I look forward to learning more about your fascinating business and how I could also become a "worm advocate".

Cheers, and all the best to you!

Melissa

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring is always an exciting time around here. Time to turn over a new leaf (actually more like a decomposing leaf) and see what's coming up from below. As the snow starts to peel back we get to see what happened to all the compost we applied last fall. Did you know that the most composting activity happens during the winter under an insulating blanket of snow.

But Spring means a new year, new prospects and new opportunities. In that vein we are very eager to introduce two new and very exciting ideas. The Garden Tower II is an intriguing new product that lets you grow dozens of plants in an area less than four square feet. Natural Soil is an organic fertilizer that compliments our worm castings. We have known Ron, the owner and developer of Natural Soil, for a number of years now and we are pleased that he has got CFIA approval for his product.

The Garden Tower II

Garden Tower Vertical Gardening at its Finest!

Grow over 50 herbs and vegetables in less than 4 square feet of space.

The revolutionary Garden Tower vertical garden system comes with a fully integrated Vermicomposting system. This easy to use system is capable of transforming home or urban gardening into something clean and efficient. Garden TowerHarness the power of composting and rich nutrient water recycling to grow delicious and healthy plants and herbs in almost any location.

With a built in Vermicomposter

You can rotate this unit to make sure plants on all sides get enough light. Add Red Wiggler worms to the central composting shaft to enhance your soil while managing your organics or kitchen scraps.

Garden TowerTo order your Garden Tower II please contact us or follow this link.

     Garden Tower

Now available from Cathy's Crawly Composters.

Garden Tower II

$469.95

Save 10% use the code: "CANEAMB" when ordering.

 

Give your lawns & gardens a new lease on life with Natural Soil. Certified 100% organic, this new microbial soil conditioner not only contains a balanced blend of natural nutrients but also beneficial 'nitrogen-fixing' bacteria, which act like probiotics for your soil.

100% Certified Organic Fertilizer

Natural Soil works with Mother Nature to improve the condition of your soil and promote healthier growth. Their signature product, VFS (Vitality for Soil) is a Certified Organic Fertilizer that farmers and growers of all types are experiencing some truly incredible results.

The key to healthy growth is healthy soil. VFS is a natural fertilizer specially developed to restore life to poor soils.

This 100% organic microbial formula contains a balanced blend of beneficial 'nitrogen-fixing' soil micro-organisms, enzymes, natural polysaccharides and polypeptides, organic minerals, vitamins and micronutrients.

VFS is GMO free, non-pathogenic and chemical free. It's certified organic by Defra-approved Organic Farmers & Growers, one of the UK's most respected certification organizations working within EU regulations and OMRI registered for USA/Canada and CFIA approved. Making it the natural choice for boosting the growth of organic crops and green luscious lawns.

 

  • Improves yields by 15%-30%
  • Does not contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)
  • Ideal for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones
  • Certified Organic - OMRI (USA/Canada), CFIA (Canada), DEFRA (UK).
  • Simple to apply.
  • Reduces run-off to waterways and will not harm Honey Bee populations

Now available from Cathy's Crawly Composters.

100 ml (coverage: 4,000 sq ft.)

$10.00

1 litre (coverage: 20,000 sq ft.)

$45.00


Bulk orders available

 

To order Natural Soils: follow this link


 

 

 

Extinct Squash Revived from Seeds
Stored for 800 Years in a Clay Pot

In an ancient clay pot, Archaeologists near the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin discovered a cache of 800 year-old seeds. Students at Winnipeg's Canadian Mennonite University have helped to revive the seeds and have now re-introduced an extinct variety of squash.

Researchers named the oblong orange squash “Gete-Okosomin”–or “really cool old squash” in Anishanaabe.

 

 

 

How long do earthworms live? - The Quiz.

  • How long do earthworms live?
  • Are any earthworms native to Canada?
  • Do worms lay eggs?
  • If you cut an earthworm in half, will each half regenerate into a whole earthworm?

Good questions. Important questions.

How good is your worm trivia? Do you have the "vermi"-knowledge to score on this test? Take the Ontario Gardener How long do earthworms live? quiz.

Some great questions and some really cool pic's. Visit Ontario Gardener.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Want/need worms? Want to save the shipping? Why not attend one of our upcoming events ... come and see the worms up close and personal. We often sell out at events, pre-orders will guarantee you can get what you want.

Date: March 11 & 12, 2016
Event: National Home Show & Canada Blooms
Location: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes' Blvd. Toronto, ON

Discover North America's Largest Home and Garden Event. The co-location of two world class events, Canada Blooms the largest flower and garden festival and the National Home Show. Features: Canada Blooms, Future Dream Home, Design & Renovation info, Expert Speakers. Canada’s largest flower and garden festival brings the “Magic of Spring” alive with over 50,000 square feet of feature gardens showcasing over 30 individual landscapers and partners.

Date: March 13, 2016
Event: Seedy Sunday - Peterborough
Location: George St. United Church
534 George St N Peterborough, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending The City of Peterborough's Seedy Sunday 2016. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them? Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?

Date: March 19, 2016
Event: Seedy Saturday and Gardening Show - Brampton
Location: Century Garden Recreation Centre
340 Vodden Street East, Brampton ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Brampton's Seedy Saturday 2016. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them?
Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?

Date: April 2, 2016
Event: Seedy Saturday & Green Fair - Scarborough
Location: Blessed Cardinal Newman High School
100 Brimley Road South, Toronto, ON

It's time to plant a seed about attending Scarborough's Seedy Saturday 2016. Come and see a unique mix of seed and gardening supply merchants, environmental groups providing interesting workshops. Learn what it takes to setup your own vermicomposter. See how easy it is to setup, maintain and harvest your own vermicomposting system. What size do I need? What can I feed the worms? How often do I feed them? Find out about sprouts. Why they are considered a Superfood?

Date: May 28, 2016
Event: Beeton Honey & Garden Festival
Location: Main St. Beeton, ON

David Allanson Jones was a storekeeper and postmaster who settled in the small West Gwillimbury community of Clarksville during the 1860's. Across Europe and North America, David A. Jones became known as the Bee King of the Nineteenth Century. In 1875, Clarksville was renamed Bee Town in his honour. Eventually the spelling was changed to the short British form, Beeton. The quaint Victorian Main Street will be lined with over 170 vendors selling items for the home, garden and you! Snap up that perfect vintage table at our Antique Alley, purchase an Alpaca sweater at our International Bazaar, or a one-of-a-kind piece of art at the SSAC Artist & Artisan Marketplace. Visit the Cathy's Crawly Composters booth and find out what's new with the worms and sprouters.

For a full listing and directions to all events please visit our website.

 

 

An Adventure in Worm Castings.

The white flies that used to love the hibiscus hate the worm castings.

Cathy, as I mentioned to you last year, I had a terrible infestation of white flies in my solarium garden. Aside from this being basically icky, since most of what I grow out there is vegetables, this was a real problem. My reading led me to determine it was probably my hibiscus plant causing the infestation. It was about 3.5 feet tall, covered in blooms and I hated to get rid of it. So I started looking for a solution.

I am a newbie at all this stuff, but really good at searching for solutions. What I found were a number of sites which recommended cutting back the hibiscus so it was basically twigs and the repotting it, including putting several handfuls of worm castings in the hole the ball was to go in. This was because whiteflies are suckers and they hate the taste of the worm castings coming through the leaves, so they starve.

Again, really icky to do while the whiteflies were swarming around us. However, we persevered. Apparently this solution was the right one. I had researched where I could get the worm castings and discovered you were doing a Seedy Saturday at Cardinal Newmann Catholic School in Scarborough that weekend, and I live close by. SUCCESS. BIG TIME. I have not seen a single whitefly, and very few other little flying things, since I started using the worm castings. I am also using it in all my vegetable containers, as I had read that the composition is great for most of the things I am growing and will not burn the roots. I had a great crop of things like tomatoes last year and am already looking at little green tomatoes on the new crop for this year as I type. Am also trying cucumbers, zucchini, peas, beans, carrots and radishes. Oh, and because I hear blueberry bushes and strawberries do great in containers, I am going to try those.

This is all in my solarium, which has two walls of floor to ceiling east and south facing windows, so I get lots of sun. Except today ... it is snowing out.

Looking forward to using my next twenty litres of worm castings and seeing how much I can grow my garden.

I am attaching a couple of pictures of the hibiscus, which stands at more than 8 ft tall and 5 feet across now. Time to cut it back for the new year and growth ... Lots more flowers that way and besides, it is giving too much shade. The place is a bit of a mess, since I am in the middle of planting the new crops, but all gardeners will understand that and ignore the mess.

Rose V.

 

Worm Castings are the perfect food for any plant or garden.

 

 


 

Cover of Bradford Times

In the News

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  • Start Sprouting ... Improve Health and Wellness
    By Cathy Nesbitt

    Is your diet lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients? Is your food causing you to be sick and tired? Did you know sprouts are considered nature’s super food? There are many reasons to eat them daily. Sprouts contain most vitamins, fibre and protein. They are hydrating, alkalizing, biogenic, and regenerative. In addition to all these healthful reasons to add sprouts to your life, they also contain loads of digestive enzymes.
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Featured - School

SK – Making Vermicompost For Their New Garden

By Mrs. Harper

On Thursday, April 17th, Cathy from Cathy’s Composters came to the SK classroom to show the students how to create a vermicomposter for their new garden.

First, she explained what vermicomposting is and what worms can do. Vermicomposting is a method of composting using worms, food waste, and bedding materials. Then, there was a discussion about the type of food waste that would be appropriate for the vermicomposter. No meat, dairy or sauce can be put into compost.

Next, Cathy showed the students what type of bedding or carbon source would be appropriate for the worms’ habitat. She had piles of shredded paper, egg cartons and napkins. She explained that magazines and construction paper would not be appropriate materials as the ink and chemicals from the colours used in the paper would be poisonous for the worms.

After the bedding, she added one litre of soil, some crushed egg shells to balance the acidity and two litres of water. The students were able to help with each step of the process and had a chance to get their hands dirty. They even held the worms in their hands! After 3 to 5 months, the worms will make a rich compost that can be used in the vegetable garden. How exciting!!!

 

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