Sheet composting (often referred to as lasagna composting or sheet mulching) is a rather neat, easy way of preparing your garden for planting without digging, removing sod, or tilling, and at the same time preparing a feast for worms.
When the ingredients are put in specific layers, they quickly decompose, and the gardener then has a garden full of rich crumbly, dark soil ready for planting. Read the rest of this entry »
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Creating leaf mulch (another name for leaf mold) by composting your leaves is one of the best things you can do for your garden and is extremely easy to do.
Our forefathers called this leaf mulch backyard gold because decayed leaves is one of the best soil conditioner you can add to your soil, and it is free for the taking. Contrary to freshly fallen leaves which are quite acidic and use the nitrogen in the soil when decaying, leaf mulch adds Read the rest of this entry »
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When you are shredding leaves, you’re going through the process of breaking down the leaf into smaller pieces so it will decompose faster and thus be used as leaf mulch in less time than it would take if left unshredded.
There are so many ways you can be shredding leaves in order to Read the rest of this entry »
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A worm bin can be of any material and any size as long as the basic elements of proper air and dampness can be sustained by it.
Types of bins vary from the stacking worm bin or worm factory, which can be bought(see below), to a homemade worm bin which may be made by using a combination of window boxes or plastic bins/totes or wooden boxes with plenty of air holes punched in the sides and tops.
On the post “Worm Bedding Material’, I’ve explained one type of worm bin you can use; that is, my method of using two window boxes to make a worm bin. Read the rest of this entry »
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Did you know that worm castings are the absolute best enriching material you can put in your soil around your plants and that harvesting vermicompost is easy to do?
This past spring I have personally found out how superior to synthetic fertilizers and other liquid fertilizers even a trowel full of soil with worm castings in it can be. Here’s more about my experience with composting worms and using the castings at http://www.plantsandgardeningtips.com/.
Although harvesting vermicompost or the nutrient filled soil or worm casting can be somewhat work intensive, Read the rest of this entry »
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Your worms can live in a plastic bin or wooden box with plenty of air holes punched in the sides and top. You can line the worm bin with nylon net to keep the small ones in. Holes in the bottom are needed for drainage so you’ll want a tray under the bin.
I have a different type of bin — Read the rest of this entry »
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Although mulching is perhaps the slowest of all the cold composting methods, it offers many benefits.
Mulch discourages weeds, protects soil from compacting or eroding, and keeps the roots of plants cool and moist in hot weather and insulated in the winter.
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