Here’s the Dirt on Raising Worms

Red Wiggler Worm

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Red Wiggler Worm
Red Wiggler Worm

Most of us probably remember a time when we were children, and we discovered the earthworm. Most likely, the wiggly thing was crawling on the surface of the soil after a rain, or maybe it had crawled onto the driveway. Or, perhaps, a robin was flying off with a big worm in her mouth. Regardless of the situation, an adult was probably quick to tell you that earthworms are good for the soil. Most likely, you have just believed this for your entire life. Well, it is entirely true.

Worms help process organic matter. They will turn your kitchen scraps into compost much more quickly than the other organisms naturally in the ground. This is called vermicomposting. A worm can be expected to eat ¼- ½ of its weight in organic material every day. They don’t actually eat the food scraps, they eat the protozoans and microbes that result as the food rots. Continue reading Here’s the Dirt on Raising Worms

Raised Bed Gardens – What to Grow

Tomato Plant in a Raised Bed Garden

Tomatoes

Tomato Plant in a Raised Bed Garden
Tomato Plant in a Raised Bed Garden

Tomatoes are easy to grow in any sunny setting with good quality soil. A raised bed is ideal for them because they are susceptible to fungus. Since the raised bed drains better than a regular garden, the plants stay drier, which reduces the chance for fungal growth. The other benefit is that if you set your raised bed up close to your home, you can run out and grab a tomato whenever you want. The downside is that if you put your tomatoes in cages, there may not be enough dirt to hold the cages, especially if the plants grow really tall, which they tend to do in excellent soil. You may need to stake the plants by hammering the stake into the ground below the raised bed. When you transplant your tomato seedlings, be as gentle on the roots as possible so you don’t shock them. Continue reading Raised Bed Gardens – What to Grow

Introduction to Raised Bed Gardens

Raised Bed Garden

There are many advantages to growing plants in raised beds. These include better drainage, and earlier planting due to the soil drying out quicker, and becoming warm earlier. Plants will have an easier time working their way down into the soil because a raised bed is usually less compacted than regular garden soil. A raised bed also eliminates a lot of bending and kneeling. Some raised beds are so tall, that people in wheelchairs can enjoy working with plants and soil.

The Raised Bed in its simplest form, is to simply rake up a large pile of dirt, pack it down slightly, and plant your seeds. Continue reading Introduction to Raised Bed Gardens