National Learn About Composting Day

It might seem like there’s a holiday for everything nowadays, but the way we see it, the more the merrier! We can all learn new things. May 29 is National Learn About Composting Day and we want to take advantage of it by sharing some of the benefits of composting with you. Benefits of Composting 1. It’s eco-friendly. Instead of wasting those food, garden and yard scraps by throwing them in the trash, compost them! In the case of kitchen food scraps, you’ve already paid for them so put them to good use! Even if you don’t do any gardening, you’re bound to find a neighbor who does. You can offer your compost to them and they’ll love you for it. Who knows, maybe they’ll offer you some fresh garden tomatoes when they’re in season! 2. It’s cheap. The upfront costs of starting a worm farm don’t even come close to how much you’ll save by being able to produce your own rich compost. All you need is a bunch of food waste (which you already have anyways), an indoor or Outdoor Composter (which we offer at a competitive price) and a little bit of TLC. You can make Compost Tea with your compost materials and that will save you beaucoup bucks in and of itself. 3. It’s effective. Composting does many things. It provides rich nutrients to plants by feeding them, it helps keep the weeds down by protecting them, and it helps them get the water they need by retaining moisture in the …

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Mealworms: A More Sustainable Source of Protein

Being prepared for tough economic times seems like a popular topic these days. One of the concerns a lot of people have is food prices and availability. What happens before every hurricane, earthquake and tornado warning? People flood the grocery stores and buy up all the food. Shelves can remain empty for weeks until new shipments come in and shelves are restocked. How will you get your proteins when you need them and they’re not available at the store? Not everyone has the real estate or ability to raise cows, chickens or crops. A Possible, Even Likely Alternative To Meat One good, sustainable way of growing your own source of edible protein is to start a mealworm farm. Mealworms are regarded as a possible candidate as the future alternative to meat. Why mealworms? They are highly nutritional. They are comprised of about 25% of protein and 12% fat. They aren’t bad tasting! In fact, there are many recipes out there for meal worm french fries, mealworm banana bread, oven-roasted meal worms that taste like roasted nuts, and they make a terrific garnish. Apparently, they are delicious sprinkled on a soup or covered in chocolate. They can be your main meal, a side dish, or dessert! Can’t beat that! They’re more environmentally friendly than cows, pork and chicken. This criteria was judged in terms of land usage, energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions. Mealworms only require 10 percent of the land that is used for the production of beef for the …

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Like Normal Composting, But Turbocharged

We recently stumbled across a great vermicomposting success story featured on Slate.com by Catherine Price of Philadelphia, PA. We thought it was a terrific success story and would like to share some of the highlights from her article. In it, she describes her dilemma of wanting to do the right thing by minimizing trash and being eco-friendly, but not having to deal with rotting food scraps. The Answer To The Dilemma Normal composting bins rely solely on microorganisms to break down food scraps. It’s a long process that requires active maintenance, but vermicomposting is a different story. It’s a faster process that requires less maintenance and the final product is far superior to traditional composting! So the answer to her dilemma was red wigglers from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm. Catherine put it perfectly when she said, “Vermiculture is like normal composting, turbocharged”. Red wigglers are the greatest composters on earth! They’re pros at creating useable, fresh and nutrient-rich compost that can help your house plants and garden flourish. Composting with worms is the best way to make use of old food scraps. It feeds the worms, which in turn, gives you nutrient-rich castings (worm poop) that serve as compost. Around here, we call it Black Gold! It’s a step in the right direction in helping to take care of our environment! The Worm Factory Like some gardeners and plant enthusiasts out there, the thought of keeping up a worm farm with as many as 10,000 worms in it can be …

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How To Keep Worms Cool In Hot Weather

Several months back, you may remember a post we did about raising composting worms during the winter. Now that the weather is warming up and we’re expecting some heat waves in the not-too-distant future, we here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm want to help you prepare for raising worms in the summer. It’s not hard to keep them cool and comfortable, but you need to follow these important guidelines or your worms won’t thrive or survive the heat! How To Keep Worms Cool In Hot Weather Hot weather can kill worms. Even if they don’t die, it can make them very sick and unproductive. The best way to take care of your redworms this summer is by considering the following tips: More Moisture Worms need to be moist to be healthy and happy. Hot air has a tendency of drying things out. If your bedding gets too dry, it won’t be the heat that kills your worms, it’ll be the lack of moisture that does them in. One thing you can do to prevent overly dry conditions is to keep your bedding slightly more moist than usual. But, be careful, you don’t want to add too much water. Just make sure you don’t go too long before adding more water in your compost pile and bedding. More Depth The deeper your worms dwell, the less likely they will dry out. Give your worms a place to retreat when they start feeling too warm by providing more depth to their bedding …

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When Should I Plant?

Spring is in full swing and you know what that means – it’s time to plant your garden! Growing your own groceries is very rewarding and a lot of fun, but in order to make it worth your while, it’s critical to know when to plant your seeds. So we here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm put together this little graphic to help you visualize when you need to have your seeds ready to plant, till and compost your garden, and plan to have some youngsters available to help you out! We understand there are different seasons depending on where you live in North America, and that planting times vary according to where you live. There’s a tool out there called SproutRobot that allows you to put in your zip code and it will generate the planting dates for a wide variety of garden produce that’s specific to your area. Check it out for more details! Good luck planting your garden and remember to add compost to your soil for best results!

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