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Worm poop challenge

It’s December and I still have a few homegrown tomatoes, picked just before the first frost when they were still green.

Tomato challenge

Tomato challenge

  

 

 

  Some of them came from test plants I grew with vermicompost from TerraCycle.  Last spring, the company’s James Artis had sent samples of TerraCycle products, including a liquid form of vermicompost, also known as worm poop.

   Worms create a rich fertilizer and I wanted to test out TerraCycle’s on my tomatoes.

   I planted containers with Snoberry, cherry and Tomatoberry varieties – two of each kind. On one of each variety I used Terracycle weekly, along with regular watering. On the other, just regular watering, but no fertilizer of any kind.

   It wasn’t the most scientific experiment, but worked well until the containers, on my back porch, were beset with problems. Two were taken out when a screen fell during a windstorm. The others survived, but were neglected to an extent after Iowa’s catastrophic floods in June. The floods didn’t reach my house, but kept my attention diverted elsewhere.

   So I was surprised when doing fall cleanup to find some of the plants had actually produced tomatoes. I believe they were the Terracycle plants, but didn’t have much to compare them with at that point in time.

   Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to conduct a more thorough test, or maybe some of you have used TerraCycle or other vermicompost and could describe your results.

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What does worm poop look like?

   Only a gardener could get excited by a call to test out vermicompost, a.k.a., worm poop.  Such was the case when James Artis of TerraCycle, makers of the “world’s most eco-friendly products,” offered to send a sample of his company’s products.  Worms create some of the richest fertilizer around and I hadn’t used any since Stacie Johnson suspended her vermicompost business in Robins several years ago.

    In a package sent to The Gazette this week, Artis sent samples of some of TerraCycle’s newer items,  including cleaners and a cool-looking flower pot made from recycled computer plastic that would otherwise end up in the landfill. But I didn’t see what I expected: the brown, crumbly matter that I knew as vermicompost. Another call from James revealed the answer: the company’s worm poop is in liquid form. Packaged in a reused, 20-ounce soda bottle, I  didn’t recognize it for the fertilizer that it was.

   The product promises to not burn your plants and can be used on both indoor plants and outdoor gardens.   It’s available online for $6.95 at Gardener’s Supply company. 

    I’ll be testing it out through this summer, so watch the Homegrown blog for more on this natural fertilizer, as well as the cleaners. Check out more on TerraCycle at:

“World’s Most Eco-Friendly Products: www.terracycle.net/products 
 
 
 

 

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