Journey To Caprice

With Rena Johnson (Author, Photographer, Whosoever, Self-Sufficient Gardener) 

"Journey To Caprice" Novel Coming Soon !!

Caprice noun. 1. a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior

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Grow Your Own Tomatoes

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Growing tomatoes is one of the simplest ways to begin living a more self-sustaining lifestyle. 

You can buy one package of seeds for approximately $1.00 then all you would need is a little bit of dirt and a small container for each plant you want to grow. 

Tomato plants work great indoors, in greenhouses, in patio containers or out in your square or traditional garden. 

From Seed to having tomatoes ready to eat should take about 4 months.

If you are growing them indoors or in a climate controlled greenhouse, that one package of seeds would allow you to grow enough tomatoes for you and your family year round. 

Start Your Own Worm Farm

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Today's Project was to start a worm farm! The Worms and Nightcrawlers will be used for Fishing, to supplement food for the chickens and ducks and other birds as well as for use in the compost bin to aid in growing healthy flowers, herbs, veggies, fruits, etc. We might even sell or trade some at Caprice one day.

Its a very simple project that anyone can do and on a very small budget.

All it takes:

- A container of some sort. I repurposed a plastic bin.

- A small bag of peat moss. Or you can use soil from your garden or the woods behind your house.

- A few dozen of your favorite worms ($3.00 per container in our area or you can dig them up in your yard or woods if you choose). You will want about 2 dozen worms for every square foot of soil.

- Enough water to make the soil moist to the point that when squeezed in your hand, a couple of drops will come out, but no more than that.

- Just a few little kitchen scraps. I threw in a piece of a banana peel to get them going.

You can keep your container outside in a hole in the garden or bring it into controlled environment for year round growing. I will be keeping mine in my office for now. They need to remain between 50 and 80 degrees F.

Every few days just check to make sure the soil is still moist and there is food in there for then.

How long will it take to have a full worm farm? That depends entirely on the type of worms you grow and how many you start out with and where you want to go with it.

Each worm has everything necessary to reproduce, even though two of them do have to work together to make the whole process begin. Once that happens, the worms begin to form a cocoon and inside that cocoon can be any where from 1 to 20 worms but on average you can plan for around 5 worms to survive to maturity and start the process over again. The full cycle is typically about 5 months from beginning to the new worms starting the process all over again.

So if you started out with 100 worms today, 5 months from now you would have approximately 500 worms preparing for 2500 worms 5 months after that. If you plan to keep your worms in climate control, and allow it to be a year round process, it should be a continuous increase of worms. I suggest starting your worm form with the number of worms that you plan to use on a regular basis. I started with about 3 dozen and will add more as I go, so that I always have an ample supply to fish, add to the garden and give to the chickens for some added protein.

Two or three times a year, you can remove about half of the dirt and castings from your bin and add them directly to your garden or plants. Its quickest, easiest, richest way to add nutrients to your garden soil.

The cost to start a farm like this is anyone from Free to maybe $15.00 if you purchase each thing new. If you do 100 worms to start with, which then turns to 500 and then to 2500 and then to 12,500 worms, and so on. You get the picture. Locally, worms sell for about $3 on average for 2 dozen worms. So that $15.00 initial investment would turn into about $1500 in a years time and would keep growing exponentially as long as you wanted it to do so.

We would love to hear your success stories, or answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you.

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