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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Homemade Compost Starter Recipe to Kickstart Your Pile

It is perfectly normal for new composters to be impatient. I know I was ready to spend a good chunk of change when I first got started in an effort to expedite things and ended up buying two different tumblers, an aerator, and several compost starters. I was dumb. When it comes to kickstarting your pile, there is a simple way to do it: a homemade compost starter. In truth, there’s an even simpler way: patience. But if you’re like me (impatient) and want something …

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Is Composting Hard? Well, not if you do these 4 things…

Is composting hard? Yes, if you want it to be. Getting started with composting was a major leap for me. For some reason, I had built it up in my head to the point that I didn’t make the jump…for years. I always thought that I needed a tumbler, a three-bin pile, an aerating system, etc. Looking back this seems to be ridiculous but I remember thinking that I would just wait until I had more time (eg I was retired) so I could figure …

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How Long Does It Take To Make Compost?

When my wife and I moved into our current house we were super excited to plant a garden. That is until we saw the soil. Sandy soil with nothing at all to offer vegetable plants. We knew that it would need some serious amending to start producing well for us and composting would be the answer. The problem is, how long does it take to make compost and amend a large space? Well, the answer really depends on how good you are at composting. Reaping …

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Can I Compost Dead Animals?

Mother nature has been composting deal animals for millions of years. Every time an animal has died, it has made it back to the soil through decomposition. Until humans go into the mix. Now, however, people are trying to keep the natural order of the world running as smoothly as possible, many are wondering about the feasibility of composting dead animals such as roadkill in the garden compost pile. The good news is that you can do it. Most dead animals can safely be composted …

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