This is a great video for learning more about the different types of composts and mulches, and the factors that determine their quality.
For this year’s gardening efforts, I used a mix of mushroom compost, my own compost and vermicompost… my results so far are much better than last year, and I think adding a blend of materials helped.
I didn’t drill holes in mine for a while because I just left the lid off, resembling my larger sized cubic yard compost bins.
However, using a lid with plenty of holes can offer the same benefits- good airflow and it allows rainwater to penetrate, too.
Now that it’s summer, compost systems need more moisture to work effectively… keep them damp, and if you want to use a lid, drill holes to contain the process without hampering it.
One of the best things I ever did to improve my vermicomposting process was putting my weekly food scraps in the freezer for a few hours before adding them to my Worm Inn later.
It’ll keep the bugs down and it’ll help decompose the scraps a bit more through the freeze/thaw activity.
If you’re having bug issues in the summer, I recommend checking out my video How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap For Under Two Dollars .
How are your worms doing?
Maybe it’s time for a video.
Check out the three-way split can!
I had to squint just to see what the Yes and No categories were on this thing… at first glance, it’s just three practically unmarked voids.
The compost category is interesting- only fruits and veggies… no hamburgers or ice cream.
Maybe they have a vermicomposting system on site and they’re keeping it simple for the worms?
Nope- the food scraps are fed to the mules that work in the Grand Canyon Lodges!
Known as Operation Shrivelly Apples, the program keeps food scraps out of the landfill, feeds the mules that make the daily trip down to the bottom and back, and creates manure which is processed into compost.
The rules: Deny access to food, habitat and security.
The following comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org), a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries. It is reprinted here with permission.
ILSR comes through with yet another killer infographic demonstrating the clear need for source reduction and composting over trashing and burning.
Food Forward is doing the best thing you can with food waste- getting it eaten! Compost what’s left. No landfill or incinerator needed…
It’s been 18 months since I stopped adding to my first compost bin, so now it’s time to test the results.
I’ve been adding absolutely everything to the pile- all food, dead mice, weeds, compost toilet waste, cat waste- and it’s been cooking consistently the whole time. All the toilet material generates plenty of heat, and without it, the pile is quite different.
The lab needs a gallon of the stuff- I thoroughly cleaned my trowel, put on some gloves and got to work.
My main interest is to see if I’ll pass the fecal coliform tests, and I’m also curious how fertile my compost is. Being that the pile is largely toilet material and sawdust, maybe it won’t be thoroughly rich in nutrients? Only one way to find out.
Either way, all this material was kept out of the landfill and stayed right in my yard.
Close the loop!