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Global "Worming" in the Kitchen

How would you like to turn your kitchen scraps into amazing nutrient rich soil that surpasses anything you can buy from a store? It's pretty simple and easy if you use worm power. That's right - I said worms! Worm composting (Vermicomposting) is a clean and odourless way to transform food waste into a rich fertilizer.


Not only can these red wigglers create the most nutrient rich soil, they will also help you reduce the trash you produce and keep things out of the landfill. Amazingly,one pound of worms can process up to 1/2 lb of food waste a day—almost 4 lbs each week.


How do they do it? Well, if I tell you, you have to promise that you won’t get grossed out. They poop it out. LOL. Yup, the compost is decomposition and worm castings (which is a much nicer word for worm poop.)


Now, some of you may think you don’t have space to compost but a worm bin will fit discreetly into a closet, garage, or pantry, making composting quick and convenient, especially for small-space gardeners and apartment-dwellers. And when done right, your compost bin should not smell. You can find ready-made bins available for purchase or you can make your own using readily available products and materials.


If you want to learn more about Worm Composting, please join us on Saturday, April 11th at 2pm to find out how easy it is to create your own nutrient rich garden soil. Dane Terrill of Flowerfield Enterprises will be on hand to teach us how to set up and maintain a worm composting system. Please register on our website for this FREE class.


We are now open Monday - Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm with cheerful spring annuals. By April 17th, the store will be fully stocked with our full selection of spring/summer favorites. It was so great to see so many of you yesterday.  The sunshine and warm weather sent many of you in search of signs of spring. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to stop in to get your first glimpse of spring as well as some gardening inspiration. We are eager to see all of you.


If you are eager to start planting, we still have a few spaces left in our Plant your own Container Garden Workshops on April 11th at noon and April 18th at noon. During these workshops, we will work with you to create your very own masterpiece and we will then keep your container and nurture it until pick up by May 3rd. Fees for this workshop will be determined by the size and amount of plant material used.


Consider joining us Saturday, April 11th at 10:00 AM for a free tour of our production greenhouse. See how we sow and germinate the seeds, transplant into pots and baskets and grow the beautiful plants you see at our retail store. The walking tour takes about an hour and it’s all indoors so no need to worry about the weather. Families, gardeners, husbands and all interested people are welcome to join us. The production greenhouse is located at 2525 North 30th Street, Kalamazoo,MI 49048. We're close to Echo Valley and Robert Morris Park. Please register on our website at www.wenkegreenhouses.com. This is a very popular tour and everyone who attends comments on how how interesting it was to them. 


May your Easter basket be full of Joy, Happiness and Peace! Happy Easter!


 


Laura Valence


Wenke Greenhouses


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