Worm gardening? You bet!


By Andrew Wigger - awigger@civitasmedia.com



Jeff Fellers will teach the Vermicomposting class and discuss the benefits to this type of composting.


Courtesy photos

Earthworms are handy when it comes to composting, because all they do is eat.


Courtesy photos

NEWBERRY COUNTY — Danielle Rowe, district coordinator with the Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District, is bringing back the Gardening Series classes after having a high demand for new classes.

“It went over so well with everyone, and all the people that attended wanted me to repeat the series again because they learned so much,” Rowe said. “Pretty much all of the people who attended last year have become members of NSWCD, and that is where the positive feedback came from. They wanted to learn something more, something different, because they were successful with their gardens.”

Last year Rowe presented three classes. The first was how to start your garden and construct it, the second was on fertilizers, irrigation, pesticides and organic process and the third was a canning class.

Many of the people who started a garden, whether traditional, raised bed or green house, have started growing their own vegetables like tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and squash.

“With the new series, I am trying to hit different aspects to pull in different people, since I know the backyard gardens are established and they know what to do. I did not want to do the same thing this year as last year, because they know what to do now,” Rowe said. “I wanted to get something different, I felt like they could add to their garden, or do something completely different.”

The first class will involve Vermicomposting, which is the process of of composting using various worms, usually red wigglers, white worms and other earthworms, to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and Vermicast.

“Vermicomposting can be for anyone who already has a garden, or wants to start one,” Rowe said.

The class will be taught by Jeff Fellers, area extension agent at the Clemson Extension Office. He will discuss the different type of worms gardeners can use, and what to feed them.

What you feed the worms is important because as they eat, their casting comes out and it will create a nutrient rich additive. Fellers will also discuss how to look for worms, and where they can be found.

“With regular composting, you have to turn it. Vermicomposting is self sufficient composting because the worms are constantly eating. That is all they do all the time. They are so good at composting and creating more organic matter without you having to do the work,” Rowe said.

The class will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the USDA building, 719 Kendall Road in Newberry. The class is free for NSWCD members, and $10 for non-members.

The size of the class is unlimited but RSVPs must be received by Aug 5. Call Rowe at 803-597-3160 or email her at newberrysoilandwater@gmail.com to RSVP.

“To become a member it is $50 per year. If you become a member you can be a part of the class for no charge, as well as other programs. With the class, a lot of times people do not realize the membership is for the household, so they can attend the class at no cost. Otherwise they have to pay $20 per class,” Rowe said.

Rowe is expecting around 25 people, which was last year’s average. Food will also be provided.

Jeff Fellers will teach the Vermicomposting class and discuss the benefits to this type of composting.
http://newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Snapchat-4817564820166036481.jpgJeff Fellers will teach the Vermicomposting class and discuss the benefits to this type of composting. Courtesy photos

Earthworms are handy when it comes to composting, because all they do is eat.
http://newberryobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Snapchat-4428934406950832109.jpgEarthworms are handy when it comes to composting, because all they do is eat. Courtesy photos

By Andrew Wigger

awigger@civitasmedia.com

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @ TheNBOnews.

Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @ TheNBOnews.

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