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Spring Update 2016April 5th, 2016 | by Mel-Lynda Andersen | in Worms | 0
It has been a while since we last updated our blog, and lots has been happening as winter retreats. Depending on where you live, the shift from snow and dormancy to showers and renewal can be gradual or sudden. Gardeners in the BC Lower Mainland are seeing cherry blossoms almost six weeks early, while further east in BC, Alberta and the rest of Canada, snowfalls are still blanketing the ground.
Spring is without question the busiest time of year at All Things Organic, and this year seems even busier than usual. The team at ATO has been supplying worms and composting systems to customers throughout the Lower Mainland since early February. Our hands will be busy picking worms for customers across Canada as well, particularly for those who have ordered composting systems and worms months ago. As we wait for temperatures to rise above freezing across the country, our customers are eagerly awaiting their worm shipments. Please be assured, we will send you your worms and systems as soon as it is safe for us to do so. We must ensure temperatures are warm enough to protect our fragile worm friends as they make their way to your home. Our 100% money-back guarantee means that you will receive healthy worms, and it is our job to make sure we don’t cause any worm casualties by shipping worms too early. No one – and I mean NO ONE – wants to receive a package of dead or dying worms. It is both sad and stinky, and we have learned the hard way not to take chances on the weather.
For our customers in the Lower Mainland, you may be surprised to discover the message on our website that our worm supply is low. This is the result of a higher-than-normal demand for worms this spring, coupled with complications with the Canada Customs and the Canada Food Inspection Agency in permitting us to import red wigglers from the US. Sadly, we have not been able to locate worm producers in Western Canada. We are waiting for a permit to let us import more red wiggler worms (which are also native to BC) from the US, and while we are waiting we need to be careful that we don’t let our local supply dwindle too much. Our first priority is sending worms to customers who have been patiently waiting for the weather to warm up. Over the next few weeks we will be filling those back orders and getting caught up.
We invite you to please check our website often, as we will post availability of red wigglers once we have fully replenished our supply, which we anticipate will take place within the next six weeks or so. Until then, we have lots of worm castings for your garden, as well as other composting and green gardening products that will help you start this growing season in safe, sustainable, and chemical-free ways. Remember, you don’t have to use chemical fertilizers on your garden. If you feed your soil with worm castings from All Things Organic and add finished compost generated from your own green waste, you will be ensuring your garden will supply you with healthy veggies, fruits, and flowers. We also sell liquid kelp from the Kelp Man, along with other soil amendments. We can help you harness the remarkable power of Nature to nurture a healthy and beautiful garden that is free of chemical supplements. Believe in the power of the worm to transform waste into soil nutrition, and thanks to everyone for your patience.