Calder Permaculture

Stimulator

STIMULATOR - Working with Mother Nature to help farmers thrive.

$1.50 per Litre Plus GST

While there is still a lot that scientists don’t quite understand about Earth Worms, it is widely known and accepted that they are beneficial in every sense from waste reduction by scrap feeding, to harmonising the microbiome of the soil and plant Rhizosphere. So, while the code may not have been cracked just yet (meaning all that “good stuff” is – so far – unable to be replicated in a laboratory setting), by their activity in the soil, earthworms offer many benefits: increased nutrient availability, better drainage, and a more stable soil structure, all of which help improve farm productivity.

  • Improved nutrient availability
    Worm’s feed on plant debris (dead roots, leaves, grasses, manure) and soil. Their digestive system concentrates the organic and mineral constituents in the food they eat, so their casts are richer in available nutrients than the soil around them. Nitrogen in the casts is readily available to plants. Worm bodies decompose rapidly, further contributing to the nitrogen content of soil.New Zealand research shows that worm casts release four times more phosphorus than does surface soil. Worms often leave their nutrient-rich casts in their tunnels, providing a favourable environment for plant root growth. The tunnels also allow roots to penetrate deeper into the soil, where they can reach extra moisture and nutrients. Earthworm tunnelling can help incorporate surface applied lime and fertiliser into the soil.
  • Improved drainage
    The extensive channelling and burrowing by earthworms loosens and aerates the soil and improves soil drainage. Soils with earthworms drain up to 10 times faster than soils without earthworms. In zero-till soils, where worm populations are high, water infiltration can be up to 6 times greater than in cultivated soils. Earthworm tunnels also act, under the influence of rain, irrigation and gravity, as passageways for lime and other material.
  • Improved soil structure
    Earthworm casts cement soil particles together in water-stable aggregates. These are able to store moisture without dispersing. Research has shown that earthworms which leave their casts on the soil surface rebuild topsoil. In favourable conditions they can bring up about 50 t/ha annually, enough to form a layer 5 mm deep. One trial found worms built an 18-cm thick topsoil in 30 years.
  • Improved productivity
    Research into earthworms in New Zealand and Tasmania found earthworms introduced to worm-free perennial pastures produced an initial increase of 70–80% in pasture growth, with a long-term 25% increase: this raised stock carrying capacity. Researchers also found that the most productive pastures in the worm trials had up to 7 million worms per hectare, weighing 2.4 tonnes. There was a close correlation between pasture productivity and total worm weight, with some 170 kg of worms for every tonne of annual dry matter production.

Source: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/

Knowing this, why wouldn’t you want a worm fueled product as part of your regime?! Stimulator is naturally high in Humus and Carbon, we have taken the power of the worm and supercharged it – by feeding our worms a premium blend of organic compost, made onsite. We then capture the resultant liquid as it leaches out from the beds, creating Stimulator. Plant nutrition, just as nature intended.

While that may sound simple, a lot goes into ensuring the worms are housed in the most ideal environment and conditions to make certain they remain happy and healthy throughout their life cycle. However, it really is a labour of love and we are passionate about creating the most premium product possible, through tending carefully to our every element that goes into our compost, our worms and worm beds.

Pumpkins, although normally prone to extremes of heat, in the photos below show how regular application of Stimulator will improve your plant tolerance to heat stress. The first photo below was taken on the 16th January 2019 where the temperature rose to a top of 45.3 degrees at 2.30pm. The photo was taken at 5.30pm where the official temperature (BOM) was recorded at 43.2. The second photo is of the same plants taken on the 24th January and the BOM temp was 46.3 and the photo was taken at 7pm when the temperature had dropped to 42.

Stimulator Information

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Organically grown Garlic, Onions and Rockmelons show a marked size improvement.

Garlic Garlic Onion

“It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.” 
– Charles Darwin 1881

“Without the work of this humble creature, who knows nothing of the benefits he confers upon mankind, agriculture, as we know it, would be very difficult, if not wholly impossible.”
– Charles Darwin

 

“Nobody and nothing can be compared with earthworms in their positive influence on the whole living Nature. They create soil and everything that lives in it. They are the most numerous animals on Earth and the main creatures converting all organic matter into soil humus providing soil’s fertility and biosphere’s functions: disinfecting, neutralizing, protective and productive.”
– Anatoly M. Igonin21, Ph. D., Professor at the Vladimir Pedagogical University, Vladimir, Russia, as quoted in Casting Call 9(2), Aug 2004.

 

“A worm casting (also known as worm cast or vermicast) is a biologically active mound containing thousands of bacteria, enzymes, and remnants of plant materials and animal manures that were not digested by the earthworm. The composting process continues after a worm casting has been deposited. In fact, the bacterial population of a cast is much greater than the bacterial population of either ingested soil, or the earthworm’s gut. An important component of this dark mass if humus. Humus is a complicated material formed during the breakdown of organic matter. One of its components, humic acid, provides many binding sites for plant nutrients, such as calcium, iron, potassium, sulfur and phosphorus. These nutrients are stored in the humic acid molecule in a form readily available to plants, and are released when the plants require them.” 
– Mary Appelhof, Worms Eat My Garbage, 1982, p.68. 

 

“Earthworm castings are the best imaginable potting soil for greenhouses or houseplants, as well as gardening and farming. It will not burn even the most delicate plants and all nutrients are water-soluble, making it an immediate plant food. Earthworm castings, in addition to their use as a potting soil, can be used as a planting soil for trees, vegetables, shrubs, and flowers. They may be used as a mulch so that the minerals leach directly into the ground when watered. The effects of earthworm castings used in any of these ways are immediately visible. They make plants grow fast and strong. Nematodes and diseases will not ruin gardens or plants if the soil is rich enough for them to grow fast. It is the weak plant in poor soil that is destroyed by nematodes and diseases.”
– R.E. Gaddie and D.E. Douglas, Earthworms For Ecology and Profit, Vol. I “Scientific Earthworm Farming,” 1975, p. 175.