Category: Featured

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Review of The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

    Review of The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

    Written by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin Paperback This is overflowing with information about composting in the kitchen and garden. They discuss simple things you can do in the house to collect your kitchen scraps like keeping a 5 gallon bucket with a secure lid just outside the kitchen door. As you prepare your…

  • Autumn Leaves – Compost or Mulch?

    Autumn Leaves – Compost or Mulch?

    Yeah, I know it is the middle of January and I am still tending to autumn leaves. I have so many trees on and around my property that it seems like I rake leaves for months. In my defense I did take care of all the leaves in the front yard, side yard and immediately…

  • My Worm Bin Is Attracting Yellow Jackets

    My Worm Bin Is Attracting Yellow Jackets

    I’ve had a worm bin for the last three years and have been very pleased with the end result – “black gold.” I’ve always put watermelon rinds in the worm bin and this year was no different. Just midway through July and I find yellow jackets swarming the bin as soon as the box is…

  • Is There A Fully-Automated Lawn Mower Designed to Mow By Itself?

    Is There A Fully-Automated Lawn Mower Designed to Mow By Itself?

    Well, the people at Kyodo America who manufacture the LawnBott series of automated mowers believe an automated lawn mower is in your future. As you may have noticed from the various posts on this website, I’m not crazy about having a lawn. I prefer to grow creeping thyme and various clovers to keep the soil…

  • A Word About The Micro-Herd

    A Word About The Micro-Herd

    Ahh bugs – can’t live with them, can’t live without them! It’s a fact. Soil cannot be healthy and food cannot be grown without microorganisms. Therefore, we cannot be healthy without bugs – of all sizes – except for the moment we will focus on the microscopic ones. Microorganisms or the micro-herd as organic gardeners…