Best Of 2013 • IndyPick: Scatological Service

At the height of growing season, father-and-son team Ken and Jay Williams will have upward of 60,000 African nightcrawlers chomping on a pre-composed organic matter mix inside 3½-gallon buckets to produce around 1,750 pounds of worm castings — or microbial-rich fertilizer, or worm poop — every two weeks. "We like to call it the catalyst that makes everything go," says Jay. "The microbes have to be there for the plants to uptake the nutrients." A 4-by-8-foot raised bed needs a 15-pound casting infusion ($30; prices drop with bulk buying), he says, and this winter he's working on perfecting a 19-ingredient indoor soil mix ideal for marijuana growers. (He already serves large-scale grow operations that sell to MMJ dispensaries.) Only three years old as a business, RMWC opened this retail front in March to better serve those in need of everything from the castings to live worms, coconut coir, glacial rock dust and other garden-amping inputs. Overall, it's just really good shit. — Matthew Schniper



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