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What is Composting

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What is Composting? Have you ever wondered what you could do with your kitchen scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials besides throwing them away? When you combine organic food waste with a few other composting materials, you get nutrient-rich compost. Composting is the process of converting organic material (typically food scraps) into valuable organic fertilizer that promotes soil health. It is an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical fertilizers. The composting process speeds up the decay process by providing an ideal environment for fungi, bacteria, and other beneficial microbes to slowly eat away at the organic matter, producing “black gold”…

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Composting in A Bucket

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Starting Your Composting Journey There is an option for every skill level in the composting world, from the different types of composting to the wide variety of materials you can use. From a simple compost pile on the ground to those bulky compost tumblers, there is a way for you to compost your kitchen scraps. For this blog post, Uncle Jim will show you how and why you should be building a compost bin for your home. How to Make A Compost Bin Using A Bucket The start to your composting journey does not have to be complicated. All you…

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Vermiculture 101: How To Start A Worm Farm as a Business or a Hobby

how to start a worm farm as a business or as a hobby

So you have gone down into the rabbit (or should we say worm?) hole that is the world of worm composting and you want to take the next step and build your own worm farm. Well, you have come to the right place. From the outside, vermiculture may appear to be a complicated topic. But once you get the hang of it, you will realize that it is simply a matter of picking the right type of worms and taking excellent care of them. In this article, we will be discussing outdoor worm composting and how to build a worm…

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Organic Fertilizer: Add Worm Castings to Your Spring Garden

Getting your garden ready for the spring is very important, especially when it comes to organic fertilizer. Fertilizing the soil before planting provides crucial nutrients to help the vegetation grow strong. Composting worms produce a dark organic fertilizer that gardeners and farmers treasure. The fertilizer is called “worm castings.” When preparing the garden for spring planting, you’ll need to build up soil fertility and begin to loosen the soil as well. These instructions are going to teach you how to efficiently and effectively dig worm castings into your garden. It is recommended to start doing this a few weeks before…

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Get Your Worm Bin Ready for Spring Composting!

The weather has slowly been getting warmer, which means it’s the perfect time to prepare for productive composting with worms. You have to start by checking on your worm bin and see what the winter elements did to its condition. You’ll have to take the proper steps to bring it back to productivity. There is no doubt that your worm bin will have organic fertilizer you can collect and use in your garden. You may need to order some new worms or supplies. Check Your Worm Bin Ensure not to disturb your outdoor worm bin during freezing weather and low…

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Compost From Worms Makes Perfect Starts for Your Garden

Giving your vegetable garden extra advantages helps ensure success. Certain plants thrive if you give them a head start before planting them in your garden. Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and lettuce are examples of plants that can benefit from starting indoors. Did you know that using compost from worms in your starts helps them grow? Composting worms break down organic materials and produce valuable organic fertilizer. More about that later. Let’s start with the seeds. Where to Get Seeds Scope out the health food store and garden supply store for seeds. You will also find plenty of seeds online. Uncle Jim’s…

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Bedding Materials for Worm Composting Bins

Composting with worms requires a worm bin and bedding. The bedding is placed into the worm bin, so the worms have a comfortable place to live. The worms will also gradually eat the bedding, in addition to food scraps you feed them. Which materials can you use for worm bedding? You may find that combining two or three types of materials makes the best worm bin bedding. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm has pre-made worm bedding that you can buy. You can buy coconut coir and add your own worm bedding from materials found in your home. The good news is…

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Vermicomposting, Hot, or Cold Composting?

Are there differences between vermicomposting, hot composting, and cold composting? Let’s talk about three different types of composting. All these styles of composting break down waste organic matter into natural fertilizer. What are the benefits of each? When is it best to use vermicomposting – composting with worms – versus hot or cold composting?

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How Do You Compost with Worms in the Cold Weather?

Can you compost with worms even in cold weather? If you live in an area with temperatures below 57 degrees during the winter, you can still compost with worms. However, you need to decide how to operate your composting bin. Worms are made mostly of water, so exposure to below-freezing temperatures will kill them. Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm recommends you choose one of the following options:

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