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…

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…

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…

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…