Fruit flies got you down? Compost 911

Fruit fly

The Problem: Fruit flies in your vermicompost bin or in your pre-composting container. The solution for both of these problems is super simple. If you are finding fruit flies in your worm bin simply stop feeding. Cover the exposed surface of the bin with…

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…

Live Without a Net, Compost Answers!

Finished compost

Thank you Zach for asking some great questions! Q: What is the benefit of having a compost bin over just a pile? I ask because it seems like it would be easier to turn a pile than compost in a bin. A: An attractive…

What is your #1 question about composting?

3 stage compost pile

We’ve all had them. And I really want to know. You compost now, but it might not be going so well. Or you know that composting is one of the easiest things you can do to save the world, but don’t know how to…

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…

The three best things you can do for the planet, no matter who you are and where you live.

Start a worm bin in order to covert a third of your waste stream into something that helps the planet. Never, ever again use a disposable bag for carrying home something you purchase. Walk or bike somewhere everyday. It is not hard to save…

Even Worms Want to Save the World

One sunny afternoon three summers ago, Kevin and I were tidying up the backyard in preparation for our joint birthday party. We were both turning older than dirt that year and thought we would have a big soiree and invite all our friends to…