Farming Worms: The Complete Vermicomposting Guide

When a gardener digs into their soil and finds worms squirming around, they know they’ve got fertile grounds. These wiggly blind creatures are representative of healthy soils because of their relationship to the natural cycle of decomposition. They consume complex organic materials and turn them into plant-available nutrients infused with beneficial organisms. So when you see worms in your soil, you know that you’ve found a promising place to plant. Vermiculture takes these principles and applies them in a controlled environment to promote the production …

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What’s the difference between Compost and Fertilizer?

Nourishing your plants is an essential part of gardening and plant care. Properly nourished plants grow faster, greener, and provide a more optimal yield than those lacking essential nutrients. For this reason gardeners, farmers, and all types of plant lovers use compost or fertilizers to keep their plants healthy. But what exactly is the difference between compost and fertilizer? Are they the same thing? Compost vs Fertilizers As you probably know composts are a dark, spongy, and crumbly substance made from decomposed materials. Fertilizers on …

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How Do I Know When My Compost Is Done?

For many gardeners, the best part of the composting process is seeing the results of your work and effort. Taking your shovel into your pile and revealing the dark, spongy, and earthy material that you’ve created. You’ve transformed primary materials into the nourishment for your soils and plant.  Depending on your materials, climate, and methods you’ll experience different biological processes that can result in vastly different time-spans for the completion of your compost. Some composts can be completed in weeks but others take months.  So …

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How To Make Compost FAST (Finish In Weeks, Not Months)

Whether you’re a home gardener or involved with agricultural market-production, your soil needs compost. Sometimes due to the demands of the season, you need it FAST. If that’s your case then don’t worry, you don’t need to wait months to make healthy compost. By starting with the proper materials and managing your pile properly you can make high-quality compost in less than 4 weeks!  Many people report that it takes them six months to a year to make compost and, if you just throw scraps …

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How to Make Leaf Mold Compost Fast

Every fall trees such as Oak, Maple, Sycamores, and many others drop their leaves in preparation for the winter season. In nature, leaves provide important ecological services by protecting and nourishing the soils in which trees live. In urban settings they often cause a nuisance, covering lawns, patios, driveways, and any surface you can think of. For smart gardeners, these leaves are not a nuisance at all but serve as an epic resource for making high-quality leaf mold compost. However, composting large amounts of leaves …

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Testing and Amending Your Soil’s pH (With Compost!)

Let’s be serious for a second, soil pH isn’t that important for the average gardener. Unless you have something very wrong with your soil pH and you’re trying to diagnose an issue, you probably don’t need probably don’t need to test it. But you probably already know that. You want to test your soil’s pH because you’re an optimizer. Gardening is more than just a simple hobby to you and you want to understand everything so you can make it the best it can possibly …

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Can I Compost Pine Cones and Pine Needles?

Gardening lore saying that pine needles are bad for compost and the garden has been around a long time. But this doesn’t make it true. In fact, I wasn’t even aware of the concerns most people have with composting them when I started adding them to my pile. In my regular method of action, I went ahead and piled in a bunch of raked-up pine needles and then decided I better do some research and find out if I had ruined everything. As it turns …

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Composting Eggs & Eggshells: Everything You Need to Know

Composting guides often passively mention that you should compost eggshells and talk about how this common kitchen leftover can benefit your garden in compost tea and pest control. But how do you do it? In fact, many people are left wondering and specific such as, “Can I compost cooked eggs or raw eggs along with eggshells?” We’re going to answer this question in detail and talk about adding eggshells to your compost pile and using them for pest control and as an animal feed supplement. …

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Is Parchment Paper Compostable?

Parchment paper is the go-to tool for home bakers and individuals who routinely cooks things in their oven. It turns any pan or dish into a functioning non-stick surface and saves you the pain of having to clean it, especially if your food is greasy or sticks! We all know the feeling of having to scrape the burnt bottoms off a pan! Yuck! Yet when all is said and done, how do you dispose of your parchment paper? Do you throw it away or recycle …

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Can I Add Worms to My Compost Tumbler?

It seems like every time I hang out on composting forums I see the same question being asked over and over, “my compost tumbler seems slow, should I add worms?” It’s not a bad question, it really isn’t. It’s totally understandable for someone who knows very little about compost tumblers or worms to ask the question. So let’s jump into it and discuss why you should probably be keeping your compost tumbler worm-free. Adding worms to your compost tumbler is not recommended. The tumbling action …

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