Sorry to mix my idioms, folks – but, it’s true. Last week I learned that Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Grow Native Nursery in Westwood gives out free worm tea on the second Sunday of every month. “What’s worm tea?” you might ask. Well, I’ll tell you: Worm tea is water infused with worm castings. Worm tea is incredibly rich in nitrogen, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, and potash, and makes a great organic plant food that also acts as a natural repellent for aphids, spider mites, scale and white flies. I wish I had known that last spring, when my garden was overcome by aphids. If you’re local, grab a container and head out to Grow Native Nursery on the second Sunday of any month for delicious (to your plants) worm tea made from the castings of worms lovingly fed and cared for by CWT veterans. If you don’t have a local nursery or botanic garden offering free worm tea, don’t despair: You can buy it online or brew it yourself.
Here’s a close up of the RSABG worms’ living quarters, situated in a large bed made entirely from reclaimed building supplies.
They eat really well.