Keeping Your Worm Bin Cool

How will I keep my worms cool this summer?

It’s about to get really hot here in Texas for a few months.  This means it’s time for me to consider how I’ll keep my worms happy and eating and pooping.  Worms like temps between 40 and 90 degrees.  My worm bin in the garage is already right at 80 and we’re not even in [...]

Worms on the Plane

Transporting Composting Worms on a Plane

This weekend I flew to Oregon to see my niece and her family, including her new one month old son.  Trying to be a good great-aunt, I knew I needed to bring older sister a gift. What better gift than composting worms?  Isn’t that what every little girl wants? So, I went to home depot [...]

It’s a Wormtastrophe! How I overheated my worm bin and killed my worms

How I cut my worm population in half in just two days.

I have a fungus problem.  My town community garden plot apparently has fungus.  Sadly, that is exactly where I planted all of the tomato plants this spring.  (I didn’t realize the fungus issue before I planted, now it’s too late.)  I was researching how to try to eliminate the fungus and I came across the [...]

Using Coffee Grounds in Compost

Used Coffee Grounds are Magic in Compost

The key to your success with compost might be at your local coffee shop. Oddly enough, used coffee grounds are a green in the composting world (meaning it’s high in nitrogen).  In fact, its a fabulous green in many ways.  Coffee grounds are readily available year round in sufficient quantities for whatever compost you want [...]

Why I Love Worm Composting

How will I keep my worms cool this summer?

I keep a worm box.  I realize that this is not something that everyone does.  There are three reasons why I love my worms, and worm composting. 1) Less Garbage. Using my worms for composting means that I get to use a lot of what would normally go in the trash.  Potato peels, apple cores, [...]

How do I speed up the composting process?

How do I speed up my compost?

I mentioned in an earlier blog post about composting that, at my house, a compost pile hangs around for six to nine months before it has broken down enough to use it in a garden bed. What can you do to speed up the composting process?  How can you get access to that fabulous compost [...]

Starting a Compost Pile

Setting Up Your Compost Pile

After you have the three composting basics in mind, now you just need to put it together. Decide where you’ll put it.  It’s likely that your compost pile will be a part of your life for a while.  At my house it takes six to nine months for compost to happen.  Maybe there are some [...]

The Three Things You Need to Know to Compost

Three Steps to Compost

Thinking of beginning composting? It’s pretty simple. You really only need to know three things. 1) Your greens and browns. To have compost, you must start with the greens and browns. Greens are materials that are high in nitrogen, like grass clippings. Browns are things that are high in carbon, like dead leaves. You’ll need [...]

My Composting Video

Composting

I made this composting video  last year while I was working with my very first compost pile.  I’ve improved my technique.  I’ll write more tomorrow about composting.