About Me in the 80's
Circa 1982, a small town in eastern Kansas, my Father and Uncle worked a 1 acre garden by hand. My uncle would hoe each row bent over for hours. I asked my uncle, "Let me try that." It was a hot and humid day.
He Grinned and said, "OK!".
Well, I hoed and hoed and hoed, for what seemed like hours upon end. I looked up and said to my Uncle, with sweat dripping off my forehead, "Can I be done now?" "Well you've only been hoeing for 5 minutes!"
He exclaimed, as he grinned again. I replied, "Yeah, but it's so easy for you." He responded, "No, it isn't easy, but it sure is rewarding and that does make it easier." I kind of knew what he was talking about but when harvest time actually came, it all made sense to me.
I remember as a child all those aches and pains. The heat, the sweat, and the longing to quench my thirst is still a vivid memory. But for a moment, those memories, somehow vanished when I would pluck a fresh ear of sweet corn, shuck it, and sink my teeth ever so slowly into those rich juicy kernels.
There's nothing like picking and eating your own fruits and vegetables.
That's when I got hooked on gardening.
Well, I grew up and fulfilled the dream every young man dreams of, A wife, two kids, two cars, a home, and a construction job (later in manufacturing). I was happy and content with what I had and how my life was turning out.
One day I was reminiscing with my wife about my childhood days in the garden and suddenly my heart sunk and there appeared a void.
I told her of the time my Uncle wanted me to plow the garden with the tractor. It was my first time.
He showed me how to do it a couple of times and then it was all downhill from there. I yelled out, "This is easy!" He replied. "Yep! Just pay attention and watch where you're going!"
The tractor was an old Ford 9n, 3 point, gray and red monster. Well, as a kid it was pretty big. I mean, what small farmer didn't have one of those on the farm back then?
I continued telling my wife that I learned a valuable lesson that day.
As I continued to plow the field with the disc that hung on the end of the tractor, I got ever so closer to my Uncle's white Chevy truck. "I got this." I said to myself confidently. With one hard turn to the right the tractor missed the truck by a good 3 feet, but...SMASH! I plowed the disc right into the side of his Chevy.
I slammed on the brakes, turned the tractor off, and jumped off the tractor as far as I could. I ran over to my Uncle and said, "I'm sorry! I'm sorry Uncle Don! I hit your truck, but don't worry. I'll never do it again, because I'm never getting back on that stupid tractor again!"
He replied, "I know you'll never do it again, because your going get right back on that stupid tractor and learn not to ever hit it again! OK?" So I did and that taught me a valuable lesson that day that I still carry with me. If at first you don't succeed...don't quit.
My uncle passed away in 2012 shortly after celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with my wonderful Aunt Lila (now deceased also). "I love you Uncle Don & Aunt Lila and may your legacy live on."
So what was this void that I felt?
Well, everything my Father and Uncle taught me about gardening was fading. I simply just walked away from it, like a young man fresh out of high school. I knew the only way to fill that void would be to sink my hands back down into the earth again and fill it with fresh dirt and to water it like a dying plant.
So, one day soon after that talk with my lovely wife, I turned to her and said, "I'm going to put a tomato plant in the back yard." She responded without hesitation, "OK!" We only had a tiny yard then and not a few acres like today.
I think I actually planted about three tomato plants that day, but slowly I began to fill the void and bridge the gap back to my childhood experiences.
I needed a legacy to carry on and teach my children what my Father taught me. Everyone needs a legacy. It's the glue that binds families together throughout their generations.
I began planting many more different types of garden plants after acquiring the use of my Father's 3 acres. Some plants successful, some not.
The more successful I tried to be, the more plants seemed to die or at least didn't bear much fruit. I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong. I remembered the lesson I learned as a kid, "If at first you don't succeed, don't quit."
So after much pondering one year I knew it had something to do with the fertilizers I was using. Even if I used the correct amount I ended up with too much in one area and not enough in another. I was either starving or frying my plants. I never remembered these problems as a kid.
So I started thinking about that 1 acre garden I helped attend as a boy. You see, in the first few years of sowing, the land had never been farmed. It laid fallow and unattended. What I'm saying is year after year, just like in a lush rain forest, vegetation grew and died. It was constantly renewing itself year after year.
That's why we always had a good harvest growing up. The land was naturally fertile from the start. This is the same reason farmers today rotate one field and let the other rest and why we were commanded in the Scriptures to let the land rest every seventh year.
After doing some study on the pros and cons of chemical fertilizers I found out that soil is actually tiny organisms like bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes.
The soil is ALIVE and this is what the plants feed on, along with certain iron and minerals.
I also discovered that man-made fertilizers are petroleum-based chemicals that kill the natural organisms that plants grow and function properly from. This is why farmers have to keep spraying crops with insecticides and pesticides. Because the plants can't produce their own natural defenses that they could from their natural food source.
I was killing the soil and feeding my plants synthetic food.
How long will we keep stripping and robbing from the soil only to replace it with chemicals that only end up in streams, lakes, oceans and us?
Well, I knew there had to be a better way other than that of harmful chemicals.
During my research concerning "What's The Best Chemical Fertilizer to Use?" I stumbled onto a small handful of websites talking about "worm farming" and the rest is history.
I now had completely filled the void and bridged the gap back to my prosperous childhood, but not only that. I'm living a legacy that I will pass on to my children for generations and a legacy to share with you and all those who want a healthier and more fruitful experience in their backyards.
This is my story of failure and success and this is my answer to living a richer and healthier life.
The Creator told us how to do it from the beginning. All we need to do is to pass it on and so I'm passing it on to you and I hope you will pass it on to others.
I'm not against improving or experimenting with science. I do this myself, but it must be done by means of natural and non-threatening ways.
We can recycle our food without polluting landfills. We can feed it to worms and create the best nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium ratio nature intended without the fear of burning our plants.
We can enjoy fresher and tastier food produced by the sweat of our brow without the fear of harmful chemicals. All this and more can be achieved if we could simply pass it on.
I've had many failures in the garden and I'm sure I will have more. I don't have a degree in horticulture and I certainly don't claim to know everything about gardening or worm farming.
I'm just a guy with worms and a lot of poop (I know, that sounds personal). I don't have all the answers and I never will, but I do hold on to a nugget of truth and I know what works best for me but only you can know what's best for you.
Hopefully I can help you get a little closer to discovering your own gardening success.
I truly can't imagine my garden without the benefits of nature's best fertilizers. If you haven't had the chance to read the free worm farming guide and how fun, fulfilling, and easy it is, then please, I encourage you to do so.
It will change the way you garden for the rest of your life and if you find it useful in any way, then please help me in Spreading The Fertile Truth and tell others about this site or just tell them about worm castings.
Happy Worm Farming,
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I never thought, in my wildest imagination, that worm farming would lead me to write an award-winning Hollywood Screenplay.
and help make it a movie.
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