Composting Kitchen Scraps with a Worm Bin

If you ever thought you were scared of worms, now is the time to get over it. A worm bin is a perfect eco-friendly solution for anybody with a small patio or garden.  It also is ideal for condo dwellers where there are rules and regulations against composting. The worm castings (or worm ‘poo’) make the best natural fertilizer, and its power can be extended by brewing up worm tea to apply when watering all your plants. Not only is your homemade compost great for your garden, it reduces waste in landfills by getting your kitchen scraps to work for you and your edible landscape.

At home, I compost kitchen scraps, leaves, and other green matter. My neighbors bring me their leaves, and grass clippings even though I’ve encouraged them to compost the materials for themselves.  Then I convert the “waste” into energy. Goodbye, petrochemical poison. Hello, black gold.


The Best Use for Fallen Leaves in the Garden? Make a Compost Bin!

Leaves…we all love how beautiful they are when they are fluttering to the ground in rainbow of autumn’s rich earth tones. We also hate how much work it is to get rid of them once they have completely blanketed the yard. This video will give you a new respect for fall’s biggest casualty.  Most suburban dwellers are taught to buy those big paper yard waste bags and put them at the curb for weekly pick-up. This year, will be different for you and your trash company. Instead you’ll utilize one of your yard’s best resources and make a compost bin so you’ll have compost in the spring.

In the video, you will see how I use a galvanized wire which comes already in a coil. The one I use is 4’ high and 5’long.


First Aid for a sick plant: Compost Tea

Compost tea works! I have seen it have miraculous results. Healing sick plants – now that’s my cup of tea!

Hold the sugar. This is NOT your cup of tea. This is tea for your plants.  In this video, I am joined by my friend Mark Highland of Organic Mechanics. You may have met Mark before, he’s my soil expert. Mark has spent most of his career researching soil and creating a unique blend of high quality soil that will do wonders for your garden. His unique blend includes compost, worm castings, coconut fiber, pine bark and perlite. The ratios of these ingredients are perfect after a decade of researching and getting it just right.


How to Make Compost

I am joined here by my good friend and colleague William Moss to talk about one of my favorite topics, composting!  As you know, composting is the environmentally safe way to improve the quality of your soil by using natural waste from your yard as well as kitchen scraps. It is the easiest way to be a responsible citizen of the earth. Compost is free fertilizer and an excellent soil amendment.

William and I are using the simplest version of a compost bin which is 19 gauge hardware that comes in a roll. You can make a cylinder with it, as you see here, and use kitchen ties to bind it together.