Composting & Vermiculture

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Identifying the Canadian Nightcrawler Worm

Canadian nightcrawlers are HUGE. They are much larger than African and European nightcrawlers and positively dwarf red and blue wigglers.

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How to Identify the Indian Blue Composting Worm

Indian blues are the smallest composting worms, and they can be kind of picky about conditions. However, a properly set up blue worm bin will work very well, producing tons of castings.

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Identifying the European Nightcrawler Composting Worm

European nightcrawlers are the red wigglers' bigger cousins. A single Euro will eat more than a single red, but reds tend to develop higher populations. Due to their size, Euros are somewhat easier to use as bait for fishing.

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How I Raise Composting Worms in My Basement

The purpose of this article is to let people know how I've finally been able to raise composting worms in my basement after quite a few failures.

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Best Vermicomposting Worms for Florida

Florida is the most humid state, as well as one of the hotter ones. Due to the unique climate, Florida offers some specific challenges, as well as benefits that make vermicomposting worm selection important to be successful. Which worm species is best? This guide will help you find out.

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Identifying the African Nightcrawler Composting Worm

Not sure what kind of composting worms you have? If you think it may be an African nightcrawler, here are some descriptions and tips to help you find out and start vermicomposting.

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Which Vermicomposting Worm Is Best for You?

Picking the best vermicomposting worm will depend on your specific situation. The answer is not always the red wiggler worm!

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Identifying the Alabama Jumper Composting Worm

Not sure what kind of composting worms you have? If you think it may be an Alabama jumper, here are descriptions and tips to help you find out and start vermicomposting.

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Identifying the Red Wiggler Composting Worm

Not sure what kind of composting worms you have? If you think it may be a red wiggler, there are descriptions and tips here to help you find out and start vermicomposting.

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What Is a Composting Toilet?

Composting toilets are great for those looking for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional plumbing. Some versions don't even require electricity or water. Composting toilets turn your waste into soil. There are three different types of composting toilets to choose from.

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8 Ways to Make Your Own Fertilizer and Save Money

Use common household ingredients like coffee grounds and eggshells to make these eight DIY fertilizers for your vegetable garden that cost next to nothing, and in most cases, nothing at all.

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Starting a Compost Pile for Beginners

The purpose of this article is to inform somebody who has no experience with composting about how they can build a pile of their own.

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Should You Use Black Soldier Fly Larvae or Red Wiggler Worms for Vermicomposting?

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) and red wiggler worms are popular to use as compost scraps. But which is better? As with most things, it is not a simple answer, and each option has its pros and cons.

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What Is Vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is a good substitute for composting outdoors. Using a small bin, some newspaper or cardboard, red wiggler worms and a little patience, you can make nutritious compost for your garden.

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Yes, You Can Compost Meat in a Worm Bin!

Many people claim that meat cannot be composted in a vermicomposting system. That isn't true. Following a few simple guidelines, red wigglers can enjoy snacking on your meat scraps!

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What to Do With Your Old or Used Compost

Here are some useful ideas for recycling your compost and using it again.

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How to Make a DIY Compost Container for a Green Garden

Green gardening begins with healthy soil. Composting plant material from your yard makes nature's best fertilizer. Here's how to do it.

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How to Make Your Own Compost and Compost Bin

Learn how to make your own compost bin, how to turn it, and how to determine when compost is ready for use. Plus, find out which items are good for composting and which to avoid.

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How to Build Your Own Compost Bin and Make Compost at Home: A Practical Guide

Don't waste your money on buying compost fertilizer when you can create your own requirement of compost at home very easily. This guide will show you how.

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How to Compost the Easy Way

You have everything on hand already to make world-class compost without spending a penny while devoting your time to gardening instead of tending to your composting.

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How to Fix Slimy Compost and Stop It From Turning to Sludge

Do you have slimy or sludgy compost? I'll show you how to fix it. Making good compost is not difficult, but you need to follow a few rules.

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How to Use a Composting Bin or Create a Compost Pile

What is composting? Why do it? How to do it? What items can you compost? Read on to find out why this simple act is so beneficial, not only for your gardens, but for mother nature and your wallet!

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3 Tips to Start Composting Today

Composting is a great, affordable way to recycle waste into rich soil for your lawn or garden.

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How to Make a Compost Bin From a Plastic Storage Container

A "how to" article that will show you how to transform a normal plastic storage container into a useful compost bin.

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How to Set Up a Worm Composting Bin (With Step-by-Step Photo Guide)

Here are simple instructions on how to set up a worm composting bin. From hints and tips on what wormery to buy, to what to feed the worms, this article shows you the starting stages of setting up your own worm farm to bring you the very best completely organic natural fertilizer for your garden.

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How to Brew and Use Compost Tea

Compost tea! It's natural, effective, and powerful. If you're tired of fertilizers that fail to deliver, it's time to learn how to use compost tea!

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25 Tips for Making Compost

Interested in making compost for your garden? These 25 tips will help you get started. (Recipe for super-fast compost included.)

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How to Make Compost Tea: The Organic Energy Drink for Plants

Make a compost tea brewing system from a few basic materials. While there are many commercial products available, making a simple and effective compost tea brewing system is an easy DIY project.

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How to Make Worm Compost in Three Easy Steps

Enrich your soil and pamper your plants with homemade vermicompost. All you need is a plastic storage container and a bag of worms to get started!

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How to Revive and Restart an Old Compost Pile

When warm weather arrives, it's time to revive your compost pile. Here are my helpful tips on speeding up decomposition to get topsoil faster!

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Can You Compost Shredded Paper?

Learn which types of paper are safe for composting and which types to consider skipping.

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Gardening for Beginners: How to Compost Without a Bin

Learn how to create luxurious garden compost! This is a great way to recycle organic matter (such as kitchen waste), save money and have greater success in growing plants and vegetables!

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How to Use Worms to Make Organic Compost

This article explains everything you need to know about how to do worm farm composting.

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How to Turn a Garbage Can Into a Compost Bin

Here's how to compost without breaking the bank. Make your own composter out of inexpensive materials by using a trash can and a little elbow grease!

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Compost Holes: A Cheap and Easy Way to Enrich Your Soil

This article includes directions for two methods of in-ground composting: the one-hole and the two-hole method.

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Composting in the Small Garden

Even a small garden can use a compost pile made of plant trimmings and other garden trash that you can turn into an enriched soil for the garden. Easy tips for making compost in a small yard.