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Need a Book for the Beach? Some Great Reads about Composting…

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Worm Cafe

Worm Cafe

For the school age reader, Worm Cafe is an engaging book written to help the reader see the web of life around them and how composting with worms plays a natural and crucial part in the planet’s ecological balance.

Eat My Garbage
Eat My Garbage

The definitive guide to vermicomposting–a process using redworms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich food for plants. Provides complete illustrated instructions on setting up and maintaining small-scale worm composting systems. Internationally recognized, the author has worked with worms for nearly three decades. Topics include different bins, what kind of worms to use, sex life of a worm, preparing worm beddings, how to meet the needs of the worms, what kinds of foods to feed the worms, harvesting worms, and making potting soil from the vermicompost produced. Second edition.

As the Worm Turns
As the Worm Turns

The new 1998 edition with a clever name has some seriously unique and valuable information! The authors and their family have been raising big, beautiful, bait-sized red worms for nearly fifty years. If you are interested in raising worms for the much-in-demand bait market, or just want to maintain a hobby-sized farm, this book is packed with wonderful worm wisdom, including a “Worm Resources” section with details on how to obtain some of those hard-to-find supplies for the earthworm industry.

Step by Step Instructions for Starting your Garden Compost Bin

Monday, April 4th, 2011

You’ve always thought about composting, but up until now, it’s only been an idea you considered. You know it’s great for the environment and a responsible way to manage your yard refuse and garbage, you;ve just never gotten around to the how’s of it all. read on for a step-by-step plan to starting your own garden compost bin.

PICK A SPOT. You don’t need a lot of space to set up a compost bin. Clear out a 4×6 foot area of debris and leaves and level out the ground with a rake.

CHOOSE A BIN. There are several options of outdoor compost bins for your needs. Choose the size and design you like and follow the instructions to set it up.

BUY YOUR WORMS. Check out our hearty Super Reds!

FIND THE COMPOST MATERIALS. This is the easy part. Spend the day cleaning up your yard like you would any other time and use the leaves, grass, and organic stuffs to layer your bin. Next step – go thru your house garbage for coffee grounds, leftovers, or any other compostable materials.

That’s it. You’re ready to rock and roll with your worm compost bin. Put your materials in and then introduce your worms to their new home and watch the natural magic happen!

Use your Yard Debris to Fuel your Compost Bin

Friday, April 1st, 2011

This time of year, a lot of people send at least one day of their weekend cleaning up their yard and handling their yard maintenance like removing twigs, fallen branches and leaves or pine needles from their grass and flower bed areas. With the winds of March behind, the debris tends to lessen during the later spring and summer months, so it makes sense to take the time to get yards in order now for summer fun.

An added benefit of this productive yard cleaning is that you’ll have extra food for your worms in your worm compost heap, so the work you put out has a two-fold boon.

SEPARATE YOUR FINDINGS. While you cean you yard, keep your compost bin in mind as you gather sticks and twigs, leaves and needles from your yard. Separate any greens from the browns left over from fall and put them into two separate piles to layer into your bin as you need them.

STOCK UP. Think on the piles from your yard cleaning as your outdoor compost bin’s pantry. Your worms need a good balanced diet of brown and green compost material to maintain the right temperature in their compost bin home. Put your yard debris in two trash cans or bins in a cool dry area of your yard for future feedings.

ADD SOME WORMS. Al this extra food may be a little too much for your current amount of worms, so add some new ones to pick up the compost pace – shop our hearty Super Red Wiggler Worms!

Live in a Loft? Compost Options for Apartment Dwellers

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Renters in Boulder Colorado are trying to do the right thing by composting their leftovers, but the 2008 ordinance allowing for 32 gallons of compostables set out at the curbside only applied to single family homes.

According to the Boulder Camera, “Multi-family units are the holy grail, the ultimate challenge for recyclables and compostables,” says Dan Matsch, manager of the compost department at the nonprofit recycler Eco-Cycle. “You have a whole bunch of diverse people living in the same building. You have limited capacity.

Although several apartment complexes and condos have begun adding compost to their trash and recycling services, having a public place for peels is still often a challenge for the 38 percent of residents who live in buildings that don’t fall under the ordinance.

Property managers need to know that their tenants take composting seriously before they will agree to spring for the service, says Shireen Miller, residential sustainability specialist with the city’s Environmental Affairs office. “If it’s contaminated, it gets hauled as trash and that’s an extra fee,” she adds”

Like this situation in Colorado, disposing of composting in an apartment, when you have no outdoor real estate to call your own, can seem complicated.

To go green with composting without having to deal with potentials hassles with your apartment management office, use an indoor composter to create your loamy soil, which you can then drop into pots on your stoop pr porch to grow plants veggies and fruit.

Some options of indoor composters are:

The Worm Factory

The Worm Composter

Can-O-Worms

The Worm Factory

Kitchen Composter

See more of our indoor compost options here.

NOTE: If you have more self-made soil than you can use, offer it to your grounds keeping crew to be used in the gardens and shrub lines of your complex

Don’t Buy Compost – Let Our Worms Make It for You

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Finally – spring has come again. You’ve probably spent the last few weeks puttering around your yard. clearing our your flower beds and noting the work you’ll need to do to get your yard ready for summer.

You know that compost provides the most organic and nutrient-rich food source for your plants, trees and grass, but you’re not sure how to find the right vendor because you don’t have a compost bin set up in your yard.

Before you begin hunting the web for compost dealers, consider the option of creating your own – it’s a lot simpler than you think and when you use a worm compost bin, the maintenance is as simple as feeding your worms and reaping the soil that comes from their nightly munching.

Ready to get started? Check out our selection of compost bins for your yard or house here.

If you choose to use a worm composter, then you’re in luck. We carry some of the heartiest, most voracious little wrigglers around. Our Red Wiggler Worms are great to use in your compost bin to create rich, loamy compost to use around your yard, or drop them right into your garden and plant beds and let them enhance your plant and veggie growing.

With our compost bins and red wiggler worms, you’ve got the tools you need to have the best yard in the neighborhood by summer!