Friday, April 1, 2011

The Hidden Treasures in My Food Waste

This blog is part of my adventurous goal to have a wonderful home garden and bountiful harvest throughout the summer and fall. I've been doing a lot of research and planning, and it seems that the nutritive value of one's grow medium is key. In other words: soil content is a critical factor to gardening success.

When you're ready to transfer your seedlings into their permanent home, you'll want to make sure that the soil is optimum for the types of crops you want.  Most of this information is readily available on-line, at your local nursery, or on the seed packet.

I realize that many of my blog followers are city dwellers or live in condos with little access to a backyard. Don't worry – I haven't forgotten about your circumstances. The great thing about gardening is it can be done anywhere; it just takes is good research and sometimes ingenuity. Composting is no exception.

In fact, home composting of food scraps will produce the best fertilizer you can find anywhere – so  today I'm excited to share with you a fun and easy way to compost indoors (without the smell of garbage).  It's called vermiculture, or worm composting.

Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earth-smelling soil conditioner. There are many great advantages to worm composting. For instance, since it can be done indoors, it is an accessible way of composting for for apartment dwellers, and it can also be done all year 'round. (Did anyone else's outdoor composter freeze this year?)

In a nutshell, worm compost is made in a container filled with moistened bedding and redworms. Add your food waste for a period of time, and the worms and micro-organisms will eventually convert the entire contents into rich compost.

The following video will demonstrate exactly how to go about making your own Worm Bin from things you already have around the house.

For a great wealth of information about vermilculture/worm composting and a source for you starter batch of Reg Wigglers, check out the Rhody Wormladies. There are several other vendors you can find online too.

Composting is just another great use for food waste, and it's one of the best things you can do for our environment.  After you've completed the process you'll be left with an organic super-fertilizer to add to your vegetable and flower beds – the ideal start for healthy plants and abundant crops.

Have you decided what you're going to plant yet?

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