Lee Fieldhouse has been doing some awesome experiments with the role of biostimulants in soil mediums to create a living soil potting medium that can sustain growth in a limited environment. Want to hear about his extensive research and his amazing vermiculture projects?
In 2013, when Lee Fieldhouse purchased land on Oxley Island (near Taree), he intended to grow organic vegetables for the local market. But it was pretty poor soil and Lee wanted to use the 12-acre property to grow vegetables, so he explored ways to improve his soil’s fertility.
He investigated various methods of soil improvement, including growing and mulching green crops, adding compost, applying compost teas etc. but most of these were either too expensive or nonviable. However, when he started looking at the enormous benefits of adding biology through living microbes, he became fascinated by the work of the humble compost worm.
From an initial purchase of 10 kg of mixed compost worms and one worm bed under a shady tree, he has grown the business into a 600m2 greenhouse containing 30 stacking beds, 6 floor beds and 2 x 19 metre-long mechanised cast harvest beds which, when combined hold close to 1 tonne (4,000,000) of worms, all working very efficiently to create beautiful worm cast.
From there his business has grown to be a leading supplier and manufacturer of liquid vermicast biostimulants and associated products. His signature product, Biocast+ liquid biostimulant is achieving great results in many and various fields of horticulture, agriculture, floriculture, landscaping and home gardens.
In our October meeting, Lee will talk about how he set up his own mini laboratory and the findings of his research and field trials - all of which have given him many insights and understanding into the future of working with the humble worm.
For a sneak preview of Lee's research and vermiculture website, go to Islands in the Stream.
Free for members, $5 for guests.
Doors open at 6:30pm - a good time to check out our members library, the swap table, and buy plants and produce from other members.
Please join us for supper after the main speaker. Supper will be provided by the Hornsby group.