I am based in a new space in chennai urban setting with very liitle garden space.
I have been following GG's blog for quite sometime and became an avid fan of this blog.
I thought I would get some headstart help from here regarding my new garden quests.
As I am interested in self sustainability and leaving low carbon foot print, I am into buiding the local soil fertility using the organic waste from the house. I would like to know if there is any place in chennai that sells vermicomposting worms(Red wigglers). Eventually I think once the base for garden is set, I can be bold enough to ponder into roof & container gardening making use of every inch in the urban home. Thanks to GG for being a great inspiration across the world.
Welcome to this forum. Nice to hear about your approach on building the soil health. Perfect way to start.
To get earthworms, you can contact "Greenlands" Lalitha/Prashant Ramakrishnan. They have a vermicomposting unit and they also give earthworms(I guess). Check with them.
See you around.
Nice approach. Very green.
There should be earthworm culture based compost available with some of the nurseries or horticultural shops. Many of them have Earthworm "seeds" or eggs, larvae whatever. Not sure what form. But once it is put into soil or medium and moistened, earthworms will wriggle out. I still see earthworms in my pots even after 4-5 years of applying such compost.
I am not familira with Chennai though, hence cannot help on specifics.
Thanks for your input. I have started pursuing that idea as well.(Parallel Process !!) The local soil here is very week. With the limited space and some giant rodents in the neighbouring vaccant plot it is difficult to nourish the soil with kitchen waste. Rodents dig huge holes and take away the soil /food scraps to the vaccant plot(It's their home, i guess). Although it would be ideal, if I can get some vermi worms, so I can do container composting.
Rodents, I guess, are a different problem altogether. But earthworms should not be bothered by them. I would be worried about your garden though. They will eat anything you grow probably?
Wish you a good luck. I am really curious how you manage the situation. Can be of little help apart from what I said above.
Do look for vermicompost that has "earthworm seeds" in them. Typically, there should be some live worms as well in some of those bags.
Yes, rodents are a big problem. One of my tribal friend, suggested that burning some hay and covering the hole with a pot which has a air hole. The smoke will suffocate them and kill the whole population in the hole. He also mentioned a rodent mostly digs new holes to keep their newly born ones (Usually more like 4 to 5) safe. Interesting!! I am just waiting for it to dig a new hole now!! Ha! Ha! Although feels sad to kill them!
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