Storing Garden Vegetables In The Ground

Learning how to store fresh garden vegetables year around is a gift worth giving. It’s an age old practice that has been relied on for survival. In addition, many are limited when it comes to storage space, making this tool of the trade especially helpful because it allows you to keep your garden veggies stored in the garden throughout winter. Some popular vegetables you might want to try this mulching technique with include: carrots, beets, turnips, celery, cabbage, kale, spinach and leeks. Let’s dive in! Storing Garden Vegetables In The Ground First, it’s important to go through your vegetables and make sure the soil is protecting any exposed root crop. For example, in the picture above you see the exposed shoulder of a carrot, which needs to be protected against the cold elements if you want it to store well. Taking a hoe, pull some soil up around exposed shoulders, but leave the green leaves uncovered. Second, anticipate the possibility of an early hard frost. If you expect one, cover your root crops with blankets, loose straw or row covers to keep them from freezing. When the temperatures have risen above freezing, you can remove the covers. As long as you keep a fairly close eye on changing weather patterns, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Lastly, as winter sets in, apply a thick covering of mulch around the plants. You can use a variety of organic materials for mulch including: Chopped Leaves Straw Grass Clippings Wood Chips Compost …

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10 Fruits Worms Love To Eat

As a new season of harvest rolls around, fresh peaches, pears, apples and much more will be filling kitchen pantries. It’s a great time of year to make delicious morning smoothies, fresh fruit pies and give your worms a succulent treat! This year, instead of letting all of your fruit trimmings go to waste, start a compost pile with them or give them to your worm farm! Worms are huge fans of fruit, it’s one of their favorite snacks. Any vermicomposter will tell you how much worms just seem to thrive and produce more when fruit is a staple in their diet. Since fruit doesn’t have a very long shelf life and it tends to go bad every now and then, chances are pretty good that you’ll have some spoiled fruit to share with them on a semi-regular basis. So what kind of fruits do worms like in particular? Top 10 Fruits Worms Love To Eat Worms will eat just about anything, but one of their most favorite dishes is organic fruit trimmings. Yes, that’s right – the stuff that usually ends up in your kitchen garbage disposal or in your trash. They’ll gladly take that off your hands, work on it and turn it into valuable compost! The big rule to bear in mind when feeding worms fruit is to avoid fruit with citric acid. Fruits you definitely want to avoid include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and pineapple. Feeding these types of fruits can cause them to try to crawl …

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What Can I Use For Worm Bedding?

We can all agree that bedding is one of the most important elements of upkeep in a worm farm. Adding at least some bedding on a regular basis is essential to keep your red worms happy and productive. Failure to do so can result in all kinds of problems, even death to your worms! It can’t be emphasized enough, then, how important it is to provide effective bedding to your worms. What kind of bedding can be used in worm farms? We here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm know of many bedding materials that work really well. The key is to use a combination of materials to allow your system to operate most efficiently. This is because some materials are inherently better than others and adding several types into your worm bin will make up for certain weaknesses in some of the materials you may have on hand. So with that, let’s dive into some of the more common types of bedding and discuss what makes good bedding material versus what makes poor bedding material. Worm Bedding Characteristics From the moment you set up your worm farm, the most important thing to do is make sure that the right kind of bedding material is used. Good bedding must: Be of neutral PH Be free of any sharp or abrasive things that can harm the worms’ sensitive skin Retain moisture Allow oxygen flow Good bedding can also be eaten by the worms. In fact, up to 50% of a worms diet …

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Where To Find Free Worm Food

Vermicomposting is the best way to get super high quality compost for your indoor plants and garden. It’s completely organic, the results are phenomenal and it saves you from having to buy compost from the store. But you have to feed the worms right? Doesn’t that cost money? You may be surprised to know that you can find a lot of food for your worms for free if you know where to look! Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm is here to help you make cost-effective decisions when it comes to organic gardening and we have some helpful tips on where you can go and what you can do to keep your worms healthy and happy. Where To Find Free Worm Food Depending on where you live, you shouldn’t have to wander far to stumble across loads of great fodder for your worm bin. If you play your cards just right, it’s possible to maintain a worm farm without spending a single dollar on food for your worms! Corrals & Grazing Areas For those living in rural areas, manure of herbivore species such as horses, cows or rabbits is one of the very best things you can feed your worms. There’s a big difference between manure of carnivore species and herbivore so stay away from dog, cat and human manure. Those types of manure will stink up your worm bins and likely cause you to gag every time you check in on your worms. You can find manure from plant-eating animals in …

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