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Can Milky Spore go in a vegetable garden?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I have a grub and mole problem in my lawn, flower garden, vegetable garden, and compost pile! I have heard about milky spore to kill grubs. Is it safe to go in the vegetable garden and/or compst pile? Thanks!

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What Kind Of Gardening Gift Is A Worm Bin?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Almost anyone who has an organic garden will set up a worm bin sooner or later. A worm bin is simply a compost bin

How A Worm Bin Works

A worm bin or vermicompost pile as it is called works simply. Instead of just allowing the food from your kitchen to decay on its own, you put it in a bin where you have placed worms. The worms eat the vegetable and fruit matter and when they eliminate waste you have compost.

Building a worm bin is simple. You can use any material such as rubber, wood, plastic or galvanized tubs. Most serious worm compost users like wooden bins because wood breathes better and absorbs excess moisture.

How to Make a Worm Bin

Build a wooden box twice the size you want for composting and put a removable divider down the middle. Drill holes about 1/8 of an inch apart in the bottom four inches of the box to provide ventilation. Make two lids the right size for each half of the box from tops or other material that will help block out rain. This will keep excess moisture out.

Preparing the Bin

Now you need to prepare your bin the day before placing your worms inside. You do this by filling the bin with thin strips of shredded newspaper, straw or dry grass, and then putting a light covering of dirt on top of it. Water, the dirt lightly but thoroughly. Let it sit for 24 hours before adding your worms.

Ordering Your Worms

There are many places where you can order your worms from. The best worms to use are red wigglers or European Night crawlers. You will need 1 lb of worms for every square foot of surface area on your compost pile. Add the worms to your bin and then add some fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen.

Maintaining Your Worm Bin

In order to maintain your worm bin, simply add more fruit and vegetable scraps at least once a week and sprinkle with water every other day. Keep your worm bin covered unless it becomes overly damp.

When the worms begin making compost the height of your newspaper or dry scraps will lower when the bin looks to be about Β½ full then add more newspapers or dry grass.

Harvesting Your compost

In order to harvest your compost you need to separate the compost that is not completely decomposed and the worms from the compost. To do this prepare the unused side of your bin as you did the first side. Remove the divider and then take the lid off the side with your compost and worms in it. Since worms like the dark, the worms will begin to move to the side of the compost bin that is dark, this takes about two or three weeks. Replace the divider and use the compost.

Since your worms will be reproducing, grab a handful and take the afternoon off to fish. Who knows not only can these worms help you grow prize winning vegetables, but they may help you catch that prize winning fish you have been after as well. πŸ˜‰

Gardening Gift Worm Bin

Gardening Gift Worm Bin

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Why Should I Make A Compost Pile?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

There is not one answer as to why you should make a compost pile. There are in fact several benefits of a compost pile – not only for yourself, but for your garden and the environment as a whole.

In terms of you and your garden, creating your own compost pile will provide you with enough fertilizer for your beloved vegetables and plants the whole year through. The fertilizers that you can buy are an expense that you could eliminate with composting. It is time to recycle your kitchen and garden waste into something worthwhile, if you don’t – your throwing away your money. Kitchen and garden waste are the main components of composting, a source of which will naturally decompose on your compost heap to provide you with an organic mulch and nutritious food for your soil.

Landfills are primarily filled with the household waste of you and everyone else on the planet. However, sending your waste off to landfill is going far off the β€˜green’ trail. Organic gardening and green living is finally being understood and pursued for its benefits not only on your individual gardens but for the environment as a whole. Biodegradable produce such as grass cuttings, the leftovers of fruit and vegetables and so on are so very advantageous to our planet. The nutrients and matter that they have are the perfect food for all wildlife, especially plants, trees and flowers – sending them off to landfill is a waste of resources. Not only that, but if you choose to utilize manufactured fertilizer sprays – the chemicals within them are damaging the atmosphere.

I hope that the benefits of composting are starting to sink in. Creating your own compost pile is very simple and will not require much time or effort once it is set up. You might be thinking that your garden is not big enough to accommodate a compost pile – but you are wrong to do so, there is a size to fit all. What if you don’t grow anything in your garden? Well, consider helping out your neighbors or family by producing compost for their gardens. They will appreciate it no end!

The container for your compost is not really an issue – you could buy a plastic or wooden hold, build one by yourself or just leave it on the ground without any container. The importance lies in the actual compost pile – not it’s container.

The best way to create a compost heap is to have it in contact with the open ground. This allows for the organisms already living in your soil to access the heap with ease. Insects, worms and some fungi are the mechanics in turning your waste into a fine substance to use in the garden.

The other important factor and the only real work you will need to do is adding the right waste and turning it around on a regular basis. The right waste is basically anything that is decomposable. Synthetic fibers should not be dumped on the pile – such as plastic. Your compost pile will welcome all garden waste like fallen leaves, grass cuttings and weeds. Kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings, fruit cores and paper. For the organisms to carry out their job properly they require plenty of air circulation throughout the heap – so use a garden fork or spade to give it a good mix.

Once you have set up your compost heap and witnessed the benefits and improvements it has made to your garden, I guarantee there will be no turning back! πŸ˜‰

Compost Pile

Compost Pile

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