Organic farming: Learn more about earthworms

Two experts - Carmen Nottingham and earthworm farmer Ingo Vennemann - answer questions about earthworms. What kind of farming is suitable for keeping earthworms? Nottingham: Fruit, vegetable, maize, herb and flower farming. Even livestock farmers could start composting; they have a great deal of manure at their disposal and this…

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Earthworm tea gives soil life a kickstart

After much trial and error, a businessman at Hermanus, in the Western Cape of South Africa, has developed a method of producing “tea” from earthworm castings on a scale large enough to be used in agriculture. Organic fertilisers and pesticides are not all that popular with farmers because they are inclined…

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Organic farming: Why should farmers start an earthworm wormery? Basic tips.

WHY SHOULD FARMERS START A WORMERY? An earthworm converts organic material into organic fertiliser and worm castings that is rich in humus. The number of micro-organisms, such as beneficial bacteria in ordinary soil, increases up to 1 000 times once the soil has been ingested and passed through the earthworm…

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