What is Organic Worm Composting?

Organic worm composting is using worms and organic material to create compost. Compost is organic matter, like dead plants or animals and waste material that has been broken down (decomposed). This is used to fertilize soil for farms and gardens. It is extremely important to feed young plants and crops healthy nutrients that they need to produce bumper crops and robust harvests. One way to create compost is to throw everything in a pile, wet it down and let it break down on its own. Modern science has turned composting into a science lab. They control the input of liquids, ratios of compost materials according to output and air. Worms are a great help in turning compost into rich soil. Setting up worms for Composting You need a box, moist newspaper strips, and worms. Worms need moisture, air, food, darkness, and warm (but not hot) temperatures. Bedding, made of newspaper strips or leaves, will hold moisture and contain air spaces essential to worms. Choose red worms, these are the best for making compost. When choosing a container for the worms and compost, you should factor in the amount of food scraps you wish to compost, and where the bin will be located. If you want it inside, for example, then you want a lot of fruit and vegetables and other compost that won’t stink up your indoor space. The box should be shallow rather than deep, as red worms are surface-dwellers and like to live in the top six inches …

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10 Uses for Zucchini and Summer Squash

Zucchini and summer squash are delicious and have a myriad of uses. You can bake, boil, steam and chop for a delectable meal. You can use them in soup, pasta, as side dishes or for a main entree. Mix with meat for a delicious main dish. They are also great with lentils, rice, noodles, and fish. Here are ten uses for Zucchini and summer squash. Steamed Squash – use dill and steam on the stove for about 10-15 minutes. Melts in your mouth. Mix your zucchini with other veggies that you will probably have on hand, like tomato and corn, and put them into the oven. Baking this dish in the oven will get you a delicious crisp on the outside without the added fattyness from frying it in a pan. For a tasty cake, Zucchini, carrot, and apples add moisture and flavor, eliminating the need for excess butter and oil. This soft cake type batter takes around 10 minutes for the cake to be ready to go. Zucchini, banana and flaxseed muffins with shredded zucchini, ripe bananas and flaxseed make a very nutritious baked treat. These are perfect for a nice meal or light snack! Creamy zucchini and squash ricotta spread. Includes sautéed (make sure it’s grated) zucchini, garlic, ricotta cheese and lemon juice. Can be served with pita chips or as a dip. Marinated zucchini and yellow squash salad is bright, colorful summer salad and packs a lot of flavor, considering how few ingredients it uses. You’ll get …

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Ways to Make Your Garden Tomatoes Stay Fresh

Did you know that there are over 400 different types of tomatoes that are suitable for growing in your garden? Keeping veggies fresh is great for you – they taste great and are healthy. Do you love to grow fresh tomatoes in your vegetable garden? If so, you want to know how to keep them nice and fresh. Good news. Keeping veggies fresh doesn’t take a lot of time, preparation or effort. Just be sure to let them ripen first before storing them away long term. 5 different ways to make your garden tomatoes stay fresh Eat them soon after picking. Eating fresh tomatoes is the best way to eat tomatoes without worrying about them going bad. They can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days. It will be a week before they start to go bad. Refrigerate them. Refrigeration is a bit tricky, though. If you want to keep them tasting fresh, store them in there only a few days. They will taste bland, but will store in the fridge for two weeks before going bad. Store them in the freezer. Freezing tomatoes keeps them the most fresh the longest – for 3-4 months, long after the summer garden harvest. You can keep them indefinitely in the freezer, but storing them a max of a few months will keep their taste. Canning comes in fourth for keeping your garden tomatoes fresh. There is a process to canning tomatoes, but it is easy. There are benefits to keeping them …

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