Facts on Organic Gardening

Interested in venturing into some Organic Farming? Why not try it. It’s actually a great way to produce crops organically; and at the same time, works in accordance with the environment. The use of chemicals on your farm produce is a thumbs down, as organic farming uses nothing but untreated raw materials for its crops. So if you want to generate and harvest crops that are high in nutritional value, and are safe (without having to post any harm to humans, animals, and nature) to use and consume, then grow organically. Just like organic gardening draws the need and usage for non-toxic materials, farming organically goes the same way. Crops that have been produced through this process are safe to eat just like any food that you might have in mind right now. And since natural raw materials are only used to improve its nutritional value and quality, you can be assured that it’s grown with considerably less pesticides to it (especially when you get to compare it with crops that have been grown using chemical fertilizers).

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Things you need to know about Organic Gardening

There might come a time wherein you will need to ward off pests from your garden’s soil and plants; or a time wherein you’ll need to look for efficient ways to further develop your plants growth. Now this is where organic gardening can help. Organic gardening encourages the use of non toxic materials that can be directly applied on your yard. In other words, fertilizers and pest control products that are used for this approach are all naturally made. Other than that, the organic scraps from your yard and kitchen can then be turned into a valuable source of compost (can also be used as mulch or as a top dressing), for which you can use for gardening needs later on. And just like what organic farming can also benefit from, organic compost is made out of scraps that are regularly generated from household consumption. These can be in the form of vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds, crushed egg shells, dried leaves, plants and flowers, grass clippings, animal manure (from plant eating animals only), and newspaper or cardboard shreds.

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A Few Handy Ways of Making Compost

There are a lot of organic and raw materials from your yard (if you happen to have one) and from your home (from regular household wastes) that can still be reused by means of composting. Making compost might look complicated for some but the only thing that you’ll need to get this process going smoothly is to provide the right elements for it. Nature itself will help continue the process for you. So read more to know how to efficiently produce compost. You should also know that there are three common types of composting, and these are vermicomposting, aerobic and anaerobic . All three have their differences when it comes to content and timeframe; but all of these produce have the same results, and that’s to create a rich, crumbly, and earth-smelling finished product (made out of recycled kitchen scraps and garden wastes) that can help supplement your plants and soil.

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Building a Compost Bin

Have you ever recycled, but not just by doing the segregation process (biodegradables from non-biodegradables)? Well, there is another way to recycle your everyday household wastes, and that’s through composting. You can easily make an organic-based fertilizer by just composting the scraps from your kitchen and yard. And what better way to do this than to buy or make your very own compost bin. Here’s a guide to building a compost bin of your own, right at the comforts of your own home. There are five methods to making compost (amongst these five methods, composting bins can be used for the last three mentioned), and the following are: soil incorporation – organic scraps are mixed and buried under ground (at least 8 inches below the surface) compost heaps – has no definite construction worm composting system – red wigglers or nightcrawlers are placed inside the bin to help in the breaking down of decomposing organic materials holding units – can hold organic scraps until the composting process finishes turning units – bins that can be turned (rotating bin types) on a regular basis

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Maintaining a Can-O-Worms Worm Bin

When it comes to a Can-O-Worms, how do you maintain such a Worm Bin for vermicomposting purposes? Just like any worm composter, it will always need some care and upkeep. Not only will bacteria, fungi, insects and other microorganisms be present in the system, there will be worms to your care as well. These worms will also be the ones to help recycle your organic scraps at home, so it’s just suitable to look out for them, as if they were like your pets. Heed their needs, and they’ll be able to produce for you some nutrient-rich and valuable source of compost. When it comes to composting, the best earthworm for the job are the Red wiggler worms. Red wigglers eat a lot (they can actually consume organic materials more than their weight for each day), can multiply in number real fast, and can live-off of spaces that are confined and congested. Unlike nightcrawlers that like to burrow and dislike being in congested places, red wigglers are the total opposite.

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Outdoor Composters and its Types

When it comes to outdoor composters, there are actually two types of outdoor composting bins. The outdoor worm composting bins and the outdoor composters. Outdoor worm composting bins Worm composting bins that have been specifically designed for outdoor use can go in types such as the Can-O-Worms, The Worm Composter, Worm friendly Habitat, The Worm Factory 360 Free Shipping, and The Worm Factory. Now, worm composters are containers that shouldn’t be left exposed in areas where there is direct sunlight, or be kept in surroundings with cold temperatures. These two unpleasant factors are bad for your worms. Aside from that, these outdoor worm composters also come with pre-installed taps at the base part. This helps in collecting liquid fertilizer from your bin. But of course, to be able to collect this valuable source of natural fertilizer, you must be able to supply the most important elements inside your worm bin: food scraps from your kitchen (to avoid odor build-up, steer clear from putting in meat, poultry or oily products), some soil to help for the worms grit (when it comes to digesting the food), a few dry leaves of grass clippings, some water and air. Outdoor Composters There are also many types to composters for external use that you can purchase in the market today. They may come in forms like the Compost Wizard Hybrid, Wishing Well, 90 Gallon Compost Wizard, Soil Saver Compost Bin, Tumble Weed Composter, 52 Gallon Compost Wizard Jr., Urban Composter,  71 Gallon EComposter, Garden Gourmet, …

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Worm Composting During Winter And Insulating Your Worm Bin

Composting with red wiggler worms during warm temperatures can still be tolerable for them. But how about worm composting during winter? Is insulating your worm bin something that you can carry out effectively during much colder temperatures? Well, these are all still possible. Winter vermicomposting is doable, just as long as you know how to give extra care for your red wigglers needs. During the winter, your red wigglers will start feeling the cold temperature as soon as the worm bin starts to absorb the wintry weather. The temperature is usually felt by the worms as soon as it goes below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. So, it’s better to find a place for where you can keep them real warm. Of course, you wouldn’t want to have an inactive worm bin at these times; and start losing all those organic fertilizers that you can make good use of for your garden. One good advise would be is to keep a compost thermometer around, so that you’d be able to keep good track of the rise and fall of temperatures. You can also warm your worm bin by simply doing the following tips: Tip 1: One way of maintaining your red worms bin from turning into a popsicle is

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How to make Worm Tea out of worm castings

After worm composting, what then becomes of its deposits? Now this is where the organic fertilizers come into the picture. Worm by-product can simply be used in three ways: as an organic fertilizer (still in its earthy soil state) for your plants, as a soil conditioner, and as a liquid fertilizer. The liquid fertilizer that has leached out from you worm bin is what we call worm tea. There are simple how to steps in producing your very own tea from worms. So, how do you make worm tea exactly? How to create tea from worm manure Worm manure in liquid form can be a great organic soil amendment, and is definitely odorless. You can create tea from worm poop by simply preparing the needed materials for this: a worm bin, a small rake (the hand-held type), a muslin bag, a large bucket, some water, and a squirt bottle. You can start with this simple brewing process by following these easy steps: From the bottom part of your worm bin, you will see some castings on top of it. Rake these off from the bin, which you will then place directly into the muslin bag. As soon as you’ve filled the bag with worm castings, tie it right away so that you can secure the contents of it (especially when you completely submerge it into the water). You’re going to have to submerge the muslin bag (containing the castings from red wigglers or nightcrawlers, whichever worm source it was from) …

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Tips on Harvesting Worm Castings

For some worm composters, harvesting worm castings can be a very tasking thing to do. You’re going to have to try your hand at separating the castings from the worms, at a thorough manner. But then again, a lot of worm bins make harvesting easier to do, but there are also some that aren’t as conducive. You’ll know that your worm bin has been filled-up with castings as soon as you see rich, earthy soil stuff in it. It’s also easier to harvest these worm castings if you have those stackable units at home. You’ll only have to take out the bottom tray, and empty it afterwards (you can store the castings inside another container). But if you want to try other common approaches to harvesting worm poop, then you can try the following tips: Tip 1: Since red wiggler worms are sensitive to light, you can separate them from their castings by simply shunning some light on them (you can probably use a lamp or flashlight for this); and they will instantly burrow back into the bottom part of the soil. So, as soon as the worms disappear, you can then scan through some worm manure that has been casted aside. Scoop from the top pile all the way to the bottom, using either a shovel or your hands. And if you happen to scoop in some worms, you can just put them back right in their bin. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the smell or the …

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Types of Composting Bins

There are many types of composting bins; and it all has different uses for it. But other than that, the perfect interior setting for a composter should be something that can house both moist surroundings and a warm temperature. In this way, the contents in the bin will be able to decompose right away; and then produce finished composted after some time. Compost Bin Materials There are a variety of raw materials used for making compost bins. And some of these are created in materials that are either plastic, stainless-steel, mesh wires, wood, block, brick or stones. Kitchen scraps and garden wastes on the other hand, can be composted using compost bins that vary in all shapes and sizes. You can readily purchase a bin that’s already made, or choose to make one on your own. Compost Bin Types There are composting bins that are used as holding units, or as tumbling composters. Tumblers such as a homemade compost tumbler, or tumblers in general, are said to produce finished compost faster than bins (given that the compost contents are well maintained on a regular basis). But in any case, both tools have proven themselves well when it comes to recycling decomposing organic materials. Now to get on to more interesting things, let’s discuss briefly the different kinds of composting bins. Bin Type 1: Plastic Stationary– You can use this to do some regular composting. It also has air vents or holes on selected parts of the bin (typically seen on …

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