Compost 911! One Weed at a Time Edition

Japanese Hori Hori Knife

One weed at a time is how you change the world. You know you need to. Some days you feel like you grow more weeds than vegetables. You are ashamed to go out into the backyard. You are not ever going to let your…

Stop Killing Yourself and Your Soil. Debunking Double Digging. Compost Myth-busting Returns!

garden

Double Digging, Intensive Gardening, French Bio-intensive, whatever current buzzword is trotted out to sell the latest gardening book. The most sacred of sacred cows. And a complete waste of your time and effort. Compost Myth-busting returns! Digging and especially Double Digging (turning the soil completely over) is a…

The Dirt Whisperer ™

Finished compost

There was a plea for help from our friend Bryan, over at askbryan.com: Dirt whisperer, I am not. Compost pile thawed. It’s a big heaping stinking pile of rotten leaves at the bottom. Not compost at all. I need some cover and food for…

Compost 911: What are the right worms for vermicomposting success?

Earthworms for vermicomposting

Compost myth: I can just dig up some worms for my vermicomposting bin right? Compost Answer: No. The worms in your yard or garden are earthworms. You cannot just dig up some worms from the soil outside for your worm bin unless you live…

Save that apple core for the compost, it could save a life!

Falcon

Compost MYTH: It is alright to toss an apple core out the window. It will break down and help the environment right? Compost Answer: It would be much better to save the apple core or other biodegradable waste for your indoor vermicomposting bin or…

Compost 911: You don’t need to buy worms for your outdoor compost bin

The number one chunk of misinformation out there which needs to be shot down in flames is that you need to purchase worms for an outdoor compost bin. Worms are for indoor vermicomposting bins that are designed to process kitchen scraps. Indoor vermicomposting bins…

Shopping for/or building your own Compost Bin

Four composting options

Pictured above are four options, an open pile (with pitchfork in the foreground), a commercial bin (with a Nuc – a small beehive for swarm transport sitting on top), a leaf mould pile (behind the movable wooden fencing), and a plastic garbage can containing weed…

Tumbler compost bin? Spinning composter? Don’t waste your money.

compost heap

The spinning (sometimes called a barrel) or tumbler composter is a commercial gimmick to convince you that anyone, including small children or pets, can turn the whole pile at once in a few seconds. Most are too small to heat up properly, can’t be…

Why you need to compost, even if you have a green bin.

Many municipalities now offer a third (after garbage and recycling) or green bin for composting. And while this is a very good thing it is not a substitute for urban individual compost piles. Your grass, houseplants, vegetable garden, herb garden, and flower garden need…

Pit Composting is an Oxymoron

As a Master Composter I often have people asking me about so-called “pit composting”. I want to be very clear here, pit composting is not composting; it is throwing garbage in a hole in the ground which is illegal in all jurisdictions. Ok, maybe…