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Worm Compost Science Education Facts

Worm Compost Science Education FactsWhat kind of worm compost science education facts are available for us to read? We hear about the benefits of worm composting.   I wanted to see some real worm compost science education facts. So I did what everyone else does.  I searched on the internet looking for worm composting studies that are backed up by science. As a matter of fact,  I came up with a survey done by Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Worm Compost Science Education Facts Based on Science Experiments

Of course I was very excited to find this survey.  It was published in the American Eurasian Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Science in 2009.  There are pages of References and Further Readings at the end of the article.  This is just what I was looking for. There are many worm composting scientific studies which support the benefits of vermicomposting.  And this research is happening all over the world.

Summary of Some of the Worm Composting Experiments

I am listing a summary of some of the results listed in this study with their respective page numbers.   I can’t possibly list all the studies written about in this paper.  So I chose a few that I thought people would be interested in.  There are a lot of facts here.  Maybe read over this a few times or read a few a day to absorb all this information.  It is very exciting about worm compost!! I highly recommend reading this paper yourself for the full impact of the benefits of worm composting.

  1. Vermicompost is scientifically proven as a “miracle growth promoter.  Also a pest protector” from pests and diseases. (p. 14)
  2. Vermicompost retains nutrients for a long time (p. 14)
  3. In addition, vermicompost takes nearly half the time of conventional composting.  Vermicompost does not require any curing and can be used straightway after production. (p. 16)
  4. Vermicomposts have a much ‘finer structure’ than ordinary compost and contain nutrients in forms that are readily available for plant uptake. (p. 16)
  5. Vermicompost have outstanding  chemical and biological properties with ‘plant growth regulators’ lacking in other composts.  It has significantly larger and ‘diverse microbial populations’ than conventional composts. (p. 16)
  6. Amylase, lipase, sellulase and chitinase are enzymes contained in vermicompost.  These enzymes continue to break down organic matter in the soil to release the nutrients and make them available to plant roots even after they have been excreted. (p. 17)
  7. Soil treated with vermicompost has significantly more electrical conductivity.  (p. 17)
  8. Worm worked waste and their excretory products can induce excellent plant growth. This has been shown in several reports.  16 references are shown in the footnotes.(p. 17)

As you have just read there is a lot of positive research on worm compost.  Please see Worm Composting Science Facts for more results from this Worm Composting Survey.

All of these statements are backed up by scientific studies!  After reading all this I want to incorporate more of my worm compost into my garden.  And I want to increase the amount of worm compost that I produce to get all these amazing positive effects.  I am working on a plan to create regular compost first in my ComposTumbler Compost Bin.  Then before it is completely finished, I will put in composting worms to finish off the process.  With all the advantages of composting worms, this will make a really great compost.  Justen at Veterans Compost does just this.  When some of his compost gets to a certain point, he puts it into worm bins to create vermicompost!

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Brown Tips on Daffodil Leaves

Brown Tips on Daffodil LeavesI have brown tips on daffodil leaves. I know why they are there! It is from frost damage. The daffodils started growing in January which was very early. In January this year we had very warm weather for several days and the daffodils started poking out of the ground. And then of course it got freezing again and the freeze damaged the daffodils leaving brown tips on daffodil leaves. The good news is that this damage, on the tips of the leaves, does not affect the flowering of the daffodil bulbs. I had beautiful daffodil flowers this year!

But You Are Left With Brown Tips on Daffodil Leaves

The daffodil leaves always turn yellow and brown after the flowers die.  The leaves dry up and turn yellowy brown gradually until they are all dead.  This is normal for bulbs.  There could be other reasons there are brown tips on daffodil leaves.  So you have to check out what is actually your problem and that there isn’t some disease or pest involved.  Check out What to Do With Yellow Leaves on Daffodils.

Great Idea to Cut Off Brown Tips on Daffodil Leaves

I had a brilliant idea to cut off the brown damaged part of the leaves.  I decided to make a game of it with my 4 and 8 year old grandchildren.  Little kids love to cut so we had a grand time cutting off the brown tips of the daffodils.  One great idea leads to another!!  I’m always bothered every spring by the leaves slowly turning brown after the flowers die.  I don’t want to fully cut down the leaves from the bulbs because the green leaves are soaking up the sun. Through photosynthesis they are creating food for the underground bulbs.

So after I had my cutting party with my grandchildren I decided to cut off the brown in the leaves once a week.  This makes the daffodil patch look so much better!  Even without the exuberance of grandchildren it is a pleasant, meditative experience with great results!  The garden is looking better than usual this time of year.  And the daffodil leaves are still available for photosynthesis to feed the bulbs for the next year of blooming.

Dying Daffodils In BackgroundThis method will help for a while.  After some time there is just no way for the daffodils to look good as the leaves are turning brown.  At the moment I don’t have a solution for this.  You could just cut off the leaves.  If they are green they are still producing food for the bulbs.  So take your pick–cut off all the leaves at this point or have a mess for a little while.  One could rationalize that they have already made plenty of food for the bulbs.  So I do a little of each.  Cut some down and leave some.  Here is a picture with the daffodils turning brown in the background.  In the foreground is some Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa) which is a perennial.  It would be good to have a lot of perennials planted in the daffodil bed so they come up as the daffodils die.  Mostly I plant zinnias in the daffodil bed.  And eventually my daffodil bed is beautiful again with gorgeous zinnias!

Frost Kills New Leaves

This is an update on an earlier blog post when bush leaves emerged in the winter.  In January of this year we had some very warm days.  I noticed buds ready to open and small baby leaves that did emerge near where I work.  I was worried that a future frost kills new leaves and then the tree wouldn’t have any leaves the next spring.  I started watching them to see what would happen; if the colder days ahead would kill the new leaves eventually….

Is My Worry that Frost Kills New Leaves Going to Happen

Frost Kills New LeavesFor a while the leaves were OK even when the temperature went below freezing at night.  Eventually the leaves died because it was too cold.  In the spring I checked again and many more leaves did emerge.  Here is a picture of the new growth.  You can see a small remnant of one brown dead leaf.  So I don’t worry so much when leaves emerge now during warm days in the dead of winter.  Hopefully this phenomenon applies to all trees and bushes.  Of course, there is no new growth when fruit tree flowers freeze and die because of a late frost.  The farmer at our local farmer’s market lost a lot of his apricots this year because of a late frost.

For more information click here How Trees Survive the Winter.