Growing vegetables in the home garden by Robert E Wester

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Backyard Farm Books 1 : The Bee Book for Beginners Backyard Farm Books 3 : The Mushroom Book for Beginners Backyard Farm Books 4 : The Sustainable Living Book for Beginners Your Free Gift! 1 - Worm Biology 101 Although some people may not be thrilled with the concept of raising worms, most good gardeners love the idea. That’s because worms are like Mother Nature’s recycling center. They feed on bacteria attached to the world’s scraps and leftovers and the resulting worm manure (or castings) is rich in nutrients.

You may have some larger bits of food in your compost, but you can use a bucket and a screen to sift those out. Therefore, you don’t have to wait as long for good fertilizer. On the other hand, you may be planning to sell or give away some of the compost that you make. If so, you should try to be a bit more patient. Don’t harvest the castings from the worm bin until they have an even, rich, soil-like look. The End Is Based on the Start When it comes to vermicomposting, the end is based on the start.

They are also referred to by other names, including: Euros Belgian night crawlers ENCs As the name suggests, Eisenia hortensis is more popular in Europe, but it is gaining a following in North America as well. However, some studies suggest they aren’t quite as efficient as red worms, and don’t reproduce as quickly either. But there are plenty of people who compost with worms that don’t report a noticeable difference between the two species, so it really is a personal choice. Determining How Many Worms You Need to Start How many worms you need and the number of composting bins you will need to start with, depends on your situation and requirements, including the amount of waste material you want to compost, and the timescale in which you want your compost produced.

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