707: Steve Churchill on Worm Composting.
Simplifying vermicomposting and making it easy for anyone to start.
In This Podcast:
A chance encounter at a farmers market led Greg to meet Steve Churchill, the creator of the worm bag he had recently bought. In this interview, Steve explains the reason he designed a new worm composting bag and explains many of the ins and outs of vermicoposting.
Our Guest:Steve Churchill is the owner of the Urban Worm Company, a vermicomposting-related blog, online store, and manufacturer of the Urban Worm Bag. Through the Urban Worm blog, social media, and e-mail interactions with his readers, Steve is a joyful promoter of vermicomposting as a means to turn household and commercial waste into a highly valuable soil amendment. Steve is also a retired military veteran and a pilot for Southwest Airlines.
Listen in and learn about:
- How a gardening project needing compost and coffee grounds intrigued him enough to start studying worm castings.
- How he was not finding what he needed on the internet
- Deciding to start a blog to help others like him learn about vermicomposting
- Developing a relationship with his readers
- Comparing various styles of vermicomposting and continuous flow vermicomposting
- Describing his worm bag
- What the dripping “worm tea” is and why this is not desirable
- How cardboard is great for worms and what to watch for
- Setting up the worm bag for ideal composting
- Don’t rush it, how to take it step by step
- How to recognizes the signs for what is happening in the worm bag
- What worms eat, ratios and knowing when to feed
- Why worm compost is so good for your garden soil
- How bees love plants fed with worm compost better
- Getting science-y on the different kinds of worms
- Why a lack of worms means your soil is missing something
- The Urban Worm Bag and The Urban Worm Bag Eco
- Discount Code: UrbanFarm
As well as:
- His failure – The first version of his worm bag, and he learned the value of the right material for the job
- His success – Staying a small company and being accessible to his customers
- His drive – A constant fear of a deathbed wish that things were different
- His advice – Keep doing things you are slightly uncomfortable with, never get comfortable
Steve’s Book recommendations:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
How to reach Steve:
YouTube: Urban Worm Company
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