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Big Tex Worms!

I am very pleased to announce that my friend Liz, from “Big Tex Worms” has offered to write some guest posts here on the blog. This combined with some upcoming posts of my own should help to “break the silence” a bit around here in coming weeks and months.

Don’t want to steal Liz’s thunder, though, so without further blathering (lol) – here is her introduction!

Hello all,

My name is Liz and I am the worm farmer behind BigTex Worms in Fort Worth, Texas. I’m so happy Bentley has given me the opportunity to write a few blog posts.
First, a little about me personally. I am a RN, lactation consultant by day and worm farmer by night. Just kidding. I do both everyday. I joke that worm composting and lactation are similar in that they are both about utilizing natural resources.

I’ve been married to my firefighter paramedic husband for 18 years and he wants absolutely NOTHING to do with the worms. I homeschool my two awesome kids. We have 2 goats, a chicken (long story used to have more) and 2 ducks. We live (and I operate BigTex Worms) on a ½ acre homestead in a suburb of Fort Worth.
I started worm composting some 10 years ago. Why? For my child and for fun.

My daughter Emma was diagnosed with asthma in late 2002. After hours and hours of research online and at the library, I discovered that an organic diet would help lessen her symptoms. But organic food is very expensive, so given my frugal nature I began again researching to find ways to grow my own organic veggies.

How could I make gardening work in the city? The two solutions I found were: Worms and container gardening. I discovered I could have a small bin of worms, which would in turn give me organic fertilizer for my garden. Some years later, I have over 100 pounds of worms (not on my 0 lotline* where I started but a 1/2 acre homestead) . My motivation was for my family but it now has evolved into helping other families reach similar goals.

As to exactly where I got the name BigTex Worms? BigTex is the Texas state fair mascot. So why not name my business after BigTex. I attached a photo of me and one of my daughters with BigTex from the 2013 state fair.

I operate my worm farm out of horse trough worm bins. Why? My husband will not assist me in building bins (yes, I am a little bitter) and I have zero carpentry skills. The galvanized troughs are easy for me to manage and obtain. If anyone has interest in the specifics of this set up, I’d be glad to share in another post.

Thanks for letting me share about how I got started in this worm composting adventure.


*EDITOR’S NOTE – Here is how Liz explained the term: “zero lotline is a common term here in Texas, it refers to back to back houses with 0 land between houses. The houses are literally built 4 feet from each other only to allow for roof clearance in between.”



Thanks again, Liz! I know I will be speaking for many others when I say that I’m looking forward to having you as a contributor here at RWC. Can’t wait to learn more about the horse trough worm bins!
;-)

Written by Bentley on November 11th, 2013 with 9 comments.
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Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com John W.
#1. November 12th, 2013, at 2:51 PM.

Looking forward to reading what you have to post!

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com John Duffy
#2. November 12th, 2013, at 9:08 PM.

Welcome Liz.
I would be interested in learning more about your horse trough set-up.

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Ruby z.
#3. November 12th, 2013, at 10:04 PM.

Am getting inspired! Will start the worm composting soon:)
Btw: I live in toronto, if I order worm from you, how can you make sure the worms will be healthy after the long journey? Will they be packaged in a plastic bag?

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#4. November 12th, 2013, at 11:59 PM.

Thanks John.
I look forward to posting!

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Bentley
#5. November 13th, 2013, at 10:10 AM.

RUBY – worm sales (etc) from the Red Worm Composting website are reserved for U.S. residents unfortunately (since I work with a U.S. supplier). Please visit my Canadian website for info about worm shipments up here:
http://www.WormComposting.ca

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#6. December 27th, 2013, at 2:49 PM.

How do you keep the galvanized containers cool in the hot Texas sun? I have an indoor bin in Oklahoma and I know how hot it can get there. When it gets to be 100 degrees, that means in the shade! ha

Thanks..

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Rusty Wilson
#7. February 28th, 2014, at 11:48 AM.

Hello Liz. My wife and I started a little operation last summer and I am constantly trying to find experienced farmers to gain knowledge from. We live in the Lafayette LA. area but we are coming to Dallas to visit my kids. I have to go to Harvest Supply in Fort Worth on Monday March 3rd and wondered if it would be possible to stop in a see your operation. Don’t mind paying for your time. Reards.

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Bentley
#8. February 28th, 2014, at 11:59 AM.

Hey Rusty,
I am not sure if Liz is monitoring comments on this post. I recommend you follow the “Big Tex Worms” link (in post), and contact Liz via her own website.

Regards

Bentley

Get your own gravatar by visiting gravatar.com Susie Kayser
#9. April 23rd, 2014, at 7:44 PM.

Hi,
After gardening for 25 years in my small raised bed garden in NW Montana, I found your site, and am ecstatic! Our area is a small glacial river valley, which means it is nearly devoid of topsoil – or any soil for that matter! We have big rocks, bigger rocks and a bit of gravel; hence the raised beds. I covet every teaspoon of soil, both good and bad, as I know I can boost it all somehow. I’ve been composting forever, but it is mostly “passive”, by-the-seat-of-the-pants composting. I have wanted to become more proactive about my soil production and worm nurturing. I have a lot of worms, but they are all just good old boys who responded to the “if you build it (a compost bin) they will come” of a gardener. I am interested in vermicomposting and aerobic composting, as I need all the dirt I can get!
Questions:
Can you use compost from an aerobic composter that is not quite complete as worm food? I understand that you don’t want to feed worms fermenting matter, but would nearly composted matter be good or bad?
I am trying to treat all of my raised beds as vermicomposters of a sort. While I want to produce castings and compost for specific application, I kind of want to develop worm “societies” in each bed to further gardening success. Is this a foolish notion? I have been aware of my worms’ value for years, and am now (retired) at liberty to devote more time to better gardening and worm-farming practices.
Thanks!

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