Junk Mail Update

Ed. NOTE: If you missed Mark’s first installment, you may want to check it out here: Vermicomposting White Paper

Hi everybody!

The weather here has been very hot for June and the wind seems to be blowing at 15 – 20 mph daily as well. I can only imagine how some of the farmers felt during the dust bowl of the 30s, I can see how wind erosion can kill a lawn. Yesterday was the first measurable rain this month with some golf ball size hail. Some of the farmers have plowed under their wheat and the cattle ranchers have had to put out hay for feed because not a lot of grass has grown.

If you remember, I was trying to neutralize some of the chemicals that could be present in junk mail. After about 2 months, I am looking for a few things to call this project a positive result.

(1) The worms are alive and well.

(2) Considering the heat, the leaf structure is strong with very little bug damage.

(3) It bloomed.

One thing that concerns me is that the container is too small and the plant will get root bound.

Anybody got any ideas?

I don’t want to steal anybody’s Marigold project (wink wink) but, in the other square pot, the other Canna bulb never germinated so, I pulled it and planted 4 Marigolds which has several worms in the soil as well.

Worms are doing well.

Great color, these have been outside for about 2 months.

Marigolds doing well and nice growth on the Canna.

‘Mark from Kansas’ is an avid vermicomposter from…well…Kansas, and contributing author here at Red Worm Composting. When he is not tending to his OSCR worm bin, Mark also enjoys spending time with his wife Letty (who also doubles as his trusty vermicomposting assistant) and picking petunias (ok, Bentley just made that last bit up).

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    • Anna
    • June 29, 2011

    Great news on your project, though lousy news on your weather. I’ll have to quiz my parents on their weather as they live in KS and have clearly been holding out on me.

    • Steve L.
    • June 30, 2011

    Nice Mark! Pretty cool that junk mail and bad news (from the newspaper) can ultimately assist a plant to become as beautiful as the ones in your photos.

  1. Very interesting results so far.I always think about that perfume on some of that junk mail.Worms amaze me every day though! Today i went out and cut down a tomato plant,and pulled it out of my total organic grow bed.Appears my PE worms died during our mild winter in the container.However i found redworms.PE may be in there somewhere though.Interestingly enough though!My strawberry totem pole that i put vc in the top has a drip tube.The slime started making it where the water pooled.In the scummy vc in the sunlight,i went to refresh the vc.Found worms almost all the way in the sunlight at the surface exposed.Don’t know how worms made it without us?LOL!

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