Why I stay away from Miracle-Gro – and so should you

Hello everyone! It's been a while since my last post: the work-life-garden balance got wrecked once again, and I had to take a break from blogging... First let me clarify something: I normally only use trademark names of products that I love and use myself, and  refrain from calling out the brands I dislike. This …

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How to test your compost (for persistent herbicides)

Hello everyone! It's that time of the year again - soil amendment time, and you know what my favorite amendment is, right? It's compost! Many people are blessed with enough space to have a compost pile in their yard, but even they probably don't make enough for all their garden needs. One simply can not …

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Spring worm bin maintenance: they survived winter!

Hello everyone! A week ago I decided I am brave enough to remove all winter fortifications and open up the worm bin to see if any of the wigglers made it through the winter. I have been pessimistic, because I kept an eye on the temperature inside the bin, and there were a couple of …

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My take on Bokashi composting

Chances are you've noticed by now that I'm very passionate about reducing food waste. I mean, come on, not only does organic matter sent to landfills emit copious amounts of methane (one of the greenhouse gasses), but it robs the agricultural sector of the cheapest (if not to say "free"), most effective and safe source …

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Harvesting a new batch of worm castings, plus an uninvited guest

You may wonder: when is a good time to harvest vermicompost from the lowest tray of  the worm house? Whenever the top tray starts looking this full: And so this weekend was the time for me to harvest my second-ever batch of worm castings! I'm still super excited, even though it was not the first …

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Harvesting my first batch of worm castings!

Hi there, gardeners! Today was a big day for me: I finally got to harvest my first tray of vermicompost (aka worm castings)! It actually took much less time than I expected, and I peeked into the second tray to see that it's 95% done, too. I bought a 5-tier VermiHut worm bin and set …

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