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  • Ideal Worm Bin Environment

    Ideal Worm Bin Environment

    Environment Redworms are healthy and active as long as they are kept above freezing and below 85 degrees. Even if the air temperature gets above 85 degrees, their moist bedding will be cooled by evaporation as long as air circulation is adequate. They are most active and will consume the most waste between 55-77 degree—room…

  • Caladium ‘Kathleen’ Bulbs From Nature Hills

    Caladium ‘Kathleen’ Bulbs From Nature Hills

    My Nature Hills order arrived in the mail seven (7) days after placing the order. I was eager to get them into soil but we had forecasts for rainy, cool weather. I live in Central Virginia and we had a rather wet, chilly Spring this year. So, I was forced to wait until the weekend.…

  • Bringing Life To Dying Soils

    Bringing Life To Dying Soils

    The BBC is writing a series of multimedia articles called Follow the Food. The series investigates the challenges farmers face to deliver food to our tables such as climate change, growing populations and ,of course COVID-19. This particular article discusses soil degradation and the efforts to regenerate soils to meet the challenges for the future. Around…

  • Dr. Elaine Ingham Explains the Soil Food Web

    Dr. Elaine Ingham Explains the Soil Food Web

    In August, Joe Lamp’l interviewed Dr, Elaine Ingham on his show to explain the Soil Food Web. Dr Ingham is an expert in soil biology and in this podcast you will learn the difference between dirt and soil. You will discover the workings of all the organisms beneath the soil surface. This is a great…

  • Want to know how worms create compost?

    Want to know how worms create compost?

    Vermicomposting or worm composting has gotten very popular. Setting up a bin is super easy, it just takes a trash can or stroage container, some shredded newspaper, a little water, the food scraps and of course, a pound or two of worms. So long as you do not overfeed your worm bin food scraps, you…

  • Composting in New York City Goes Big Time

    Composting in New York City Goes Big Time

    If you thought you had an efficient composting system, you’ve got to read this article Elizabeth Royte wrote for the New York Times entitled The Compost King of New York. The New York City Sanitation Department has instituted a Zero Waste program that asks residents to separate their food scraps and yard waste in separate…

  • Mike McGrath Explains Why You Should Be Leaf Composting

    Mike McGrath Explains Why You Should Be Leaf Composting

    We’ve written about it many times that composting your leaves each fall will do more for your garden than any store bought fertilizer ever will. Mike McGrath, hosts a weekly radio program on WHYY in Philidelphia called “You Bet Your Garden.” In this Ted Talk, Mike explains why you should compost your fall leaves and…

  • One Person’s Effort To Increase The Number Of Monarch Butterflies

    One Person’s Effort To Increase The Number Of Monarch Butterflies

    Watch what one person is doing to help revive the numbers of Monarch Butterflies in North America. National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore visited a mountaintop in central Mexico before dawn and found fir trees laden with monarch butterflies. The experience caused him to return home and take 44 acres of this farm out of production.…

  • 10 Interesting Facts About Red Wigglers

    10 Interesting Facts About Red Wigglers

    10 interesting facts about these watermelon-loving, hermaphroditic, voracious, compost dwelling organisms.

  • Shredding Leaves

    Shredding Leaves

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I use a leaf blower/vacuum to collect the leaves in my yard and then add the shredded leaves from the bag to my compost bins. This works out nicely as the vacuum does break down the leaves to smaller pieces that will compost faster than the whole leaf.…