Red Wigglers ~ Eisenia Fetida - will be making an appearance at the Master Gardener show in Crossville, TN on April 25, 26 & 27th. We will be demonstrating the value of these great earth moving participants and how we can encourage their efforts. Come out and see us! We will be incorporating their contribution to the permaculture plan of healthier living and healthier communities.
The upcoming show in Crossville, TN at the Community Complex is April 25, 26 & 27th. They will have educational opportunities, informative speakers, plants and new & creative ways to garden easier and achieve more return for your effort. Check out their website www.ccmga.org for more information
Wiggle Farm is under way. My favorite color (today) is green. So, Wiggle Farm works for me. It is about 2 feet high and about 18″ square. It has expandable trays (5 additional ones). Which seems to be a good idea as the wiggling masses report to reproduce 100% of population in 90 days. If I do the math – that is 4,000. Hmmm, who would have guessed?
They are named “Francis” all of them – which makes life easy. Does Francis have enough food? Is Francis warm / cool enough? However, this morning it was “Oh, Francis got out!” They are curious! It is a little uncomfortable handling them, only because they are slippery, and to hold them securely, well . . . you wouldn’t want to overdue it!
What I learned about them is the temperature. Currently there is a thermometer inserted in the farm that is registering at about 110°. I was surprised when a picked a bunch up for show and tell – that they were warm. They do feel a little like overcooked spaghetti – takes a minute to acclimate to that. More reports on Francis as they progress.
Pictured is a Tulip Tree (Magnolia tree) (Liriodendron tulipifera). Planted about 6 years ago. It is about 10-12 feet high. There are two trees about 25 feet apart. It is important to anticipate the final growth size. Clearly it is indicated “plant 20 feet apart” however when you first plant them – them look so small! They can’t possibly mean that far apart! But, like children, they grow quickly and get bigger quicker than we think. These two look like they are doing well, in spite of deer snacking. They bloom really early in the spring – kind of a “wake up call”. Low maintenance is their middle name – works for me! Thanks for looking!
This is a snapshot of our site. There is plenty of opportunity to continue to create a multi-faceted, diversified functional system. We are continuing to implement our knowledge into a tangible environment.
Diane C. Morey
Making our environment,