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Composter and Composting | Growbags and Greenhouses -The WB Garden Blog

My two compost bins have been pretty full for a while, and clearly not much was going on inside – plus I had a pile of material to go in.. So I started to look for a new additional compost bin to help with the situation and then started to look up composting in general. So, I discovered, there is hot composting – which can mean material is ready n less than a year – and there is cold composting, when material takes maybe a couple of years to compost.

It all seems to come down to aerating the pile – which with my existing bins was extremely difficult, and monitoring the temperature. Then I discovered there was such a thing as a ‘compost thermometer’, and also a compost mixer.

Well having had a look at my bins I could see they were certainly cold and not doing a lot of composting, so the amount of material to go in was just going to grow. So my composting technique wasn’t really the best – though I have produced reasonable amount in the past, the method could clearly be better.

So what to do? I bought a new bin, thermometer and mixer of course and they all turned up in the last couple of days so as today was fine and warm enough (10 degC while I was out and sunny) I spent some time putting the new bin together (not easy I might say), testing the temperature of my existing bins (cold!) and trying to mix them up with my new mixer – (not very successful until I took a lot out and put it in the new bin).

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The worms made some new friends! | Adventures of a Suburban Farmer

It has been a busy week for the worms! On my birthday, people who came to celebrate with me also had a chance to meet my worms, see my seed starters, and of course meet the Zombie lettuce.

This week’s post is mostly pictures chronicling Emily, Steven, and Ryan meeting the worms.

Before I get to the pictures, I have exciting news!! My vermacompost bin is doing very well. I would even venture to say it is doing AMAZINGLY well. It is one more food decomposition cycle away from harvest. The food scraps that I am adding to the bin are being eaten in about a weeks time. I think this is a quick turn around, but I am not sure. Does anyone have any experience they can share with their turnaround?

I added a whole cantaloupe, pineapple skins, and some lettuce, that went bad before we could eat it, to the bin yesterday. I am going to let the worms eat that down and then harvest them.

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Decompose, Break Down! | Spring Valley Green Schoolyard

Second graders could be heard chanting these words during our past months studying soil and decomposition in the garden.

1: What is soil made of? Soil scientists traveled around the garden to collect ingredients from the soil, which we used to try to mix up our own bowl of soil. In doing so, we discussed how soil takes TIME to form – for decomposers to break down the organic matter and for nature to weather the rocks. It is a precious resource!

2: Are some kinds of soil better than others for growing plants? We investigated two kinds of soil – one sandy and the other with a lot of compost – to compare their color, texture, ingredients, and water-retention abilities. We decided the soil with compost was better for plants because it has more nutrients and holds more water.

3: Decomposers in the garden: How exactly is compost made? We used our hands to try to make our own compost from raw plant matter, but realized we couldn’t break down the plants into small enough pieces. We learned about the Fungus, Bacteria, and Invertebrates that do the work of decomposition. We observed worms up close, learned about their anatomy and how they turn plants into soil, and searched for worms and other decomposers in their natural habitats around the garden.

4: Decomposition experiment: We set up an experiment to see what kinds of objects will decompose. We put seven items – a pencil, bagel, plastic cup, piece of paper, spork, apple core, and banana peel – into a bag of moist soil and predicted what they might look like when we take them out in one month.

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DIY Vermicomposting Bin | The Tiny Homesteaders

Like we don’t have enough going on, right?

I saw an add on meetup.com for a vermicomposting class a few weeks ago.  The Mrs. and I have been talking about possible businesses for the children to run and selling worms is one of them.  In case you haven’t figured it out, vermicomposting is long-jargon for worm farming.  My daughter and I went to the class at Denver Urban Homesteading (a business well worth checking out) and learned a lot from our teacher, Tara.

Here are some worm facts:

1.)  Worms are hermaphrodites.  They have both male and female parts.  They cannot, however, mate with themselves.  They need other worms to reproduce.

2.)  Contrary to popular belief, if you cut a worm (this kind of worm, specifically) in half, it will not become two worms.  A worm cut in half will die.

3.)  You shouldn’t put night crawlers in a small composting bin.  They need distance to perform their work.  Red Wrigglers work best for composting.

 

The idea is to start off with a small worm bin in the house.  As of now, I’ve got $40.00 tied up in this including the class, which provided us with the red wrigglers.  The bin stays inside.  It needs a stable environment with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees.  And it doesn’t stink.  Well, not if you do it right.

I stopped by Chinamart and picked up two three gallon tubs.  These are just the smaller versions of the ones that you likely have stuff stored in your garage.  My drill was dead, so I cut holes with my knife.  Probably not the best choice, nor does it look great.  I’d keep the holes smaller than the ones that I did, especially if you’re doing it in an area that has mouse traffic.  Smaller holes would keep them out.

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