7 Ways to Speed Up the Composting Process

Composting is a great way to turn organic waste into valuable fertilizer for your garden. Just save kitchen scraps, such as carrot peelings and cabbage cores, and put them in a composting bin. Composting is usually done outdoors, but if you compost with worms, you can compost outdoors or indoors. If you want to start using the finished compost to fertilize your garden soon, you need to speed up the composting process. Here are 7 ways to speed up the decomposition and make fertilizer faster.

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Onions Can Be Started From Seed—in Winter!

Even if you have snow on the ground, you can do some gardening: Plant seeds inside for cool weather vegetables, such as onions. Working with cool weather vegetables such as onions not only gives you something to do during winter, it gives you a head start on spring planting. As the name implies, cool weather vegetables can withstand cool temperatures—much cooler than tender vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers, can tolerate. That allows your onion seedlings to be planted outside when the air and soil temperatures are just 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Tender plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, can’t be…

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm

Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Are you stuck on which gifts to buy your friends and loved ones? Well, we are here to help! Uncle Jim’s offers awesome products ranging from apparel to supplies. Apparel Our apparel is perfect for when you want to work in the garden or with your worms. Do you or your loved ones need a new hat? We have a new Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm Ball Cap that will keep the sun out of your eyes while you’re doing any outdoor work. We also have a tasteful half-apron that will…

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Connect with Uncle Jim on Instagram and Facebook

Social media has wormed its way into our lives. At Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm, we have recently opened up an Instagram account to stay connected with you. And our Facebook account is still going strong. Did you know that we put special offers, coupons and contests on Instagram and Facebook? It’s true! We also share awesome photos of worms, composters, our happy customers, gardens – and we share seasonal tips, gardening ideas, composting knowledge and more! Instagram is all about sharing pictures and videos. When it was launched in 2010, Instagram could only share square photos with filters (such as…

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How to Safely Can Vegetables for Long-Term Storage

Canning vegetables is a great way to build home food storage and do it cheaply and safely – and you can use your home grown vegetables all year round! Canning vegetables can be a slightly time consuming process – depending on how many cans you want – and is also a risky undertaking if you aren’t sure what you are doing. However, once you know how to safely can, you will be hooked forever! Canning vegetables needs to be done very carefully. If not done properly, germs and bacteria will grow – germs that can make you sick or even…

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Become An Organic Farmer

Farming is no longer the situation where a child takes over the family farm that’s been in the family for years. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that between 2012 to 2022 there will be a 19% decline in the employment of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers. That doesn’t necessarily mean that farming is left to the major corporations. Organic farming, for example, could still be a successful business venture for anyone interested in getting their hands dirty. In fact, organic farming has become a new field for people to explore who were once successful in…

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Free Fall Fertilizer From Your Worm Bin–Plus Worm Tea

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Gardeners and lawn enthusiasts know that late summer and early fall are a great time to give their plants an extra boost before winter begins. Your worms have been busy all summer breaking down kitchen and garden scraps. Now is a great time to dig in and harvest some “black gold.” The bottom level of your worm bin has seen the most worm action, so that’s the place to begin. If the material at that level looks like topsoil and has very few worms, then it’s ready to be used. (If you still see some eggshells or other hard materials,…

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Worm Bin Bedding

Bedding is an essential part of your worm bin and often the key to your worms’ health and happiness. You will need to add bedding when you start a new vermicomposting bin, pile or trench. Fresh bedding can help if something has gone awry in your worm bin (see “Sick Worms”). If you need to harvest a lot of worm castings, you have the option of adding bedding to your worm bin. Bedding allows the worms a fresh environment, proper moisture, and room to breathe and move. Worms also eat bedding, so it has to be safe material. Here we’ll…

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Facts About Worms – How Long They Live & Other Fun Facts

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You’ve probably only ever known worms as the reddish-brown creatures that crawl through your garden or placed at the end of a fishing rod. Yet these little wrigglers do a lot more than you think! Often unnoticed by everyone in the world, worms are a vital part of our ecosystem. Their main job is to decompose organic matter and turn it into black gold. Want to know more about these creatures? Keep on reading and let Uncle Jim tell you everything he knows from how earthworms eat all the way to how their castings help plants grow faster and healthier.…

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How to Get Rid of Millipedes, Centipedes and Mites in Your Worm Bin

From time to time, you might find some other critters vying for space with your worms in their bin. It’s important to identify and eliminate harmful pests before they can multiply or harm your worms. Below are some common critters you might find: millipedes, centipedes and mites. Find out what they’re doing in your bin, and ways you can best get rid of them. Millipedes Millipedes are big, rounded wormlike creatures with their defining set of hundreds of tiny legs (though their name means “1000 legs,” it’s usually more like 400). They are slow-moving creatures that usually live in soil…

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